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Published February 18th 2020
Make A Short Video, Get Famous, No Talent Required
Tik Tok, What is TikTok App, Who Owns TikTok, How To Make Money on TikTok, How to get TikTok famous, Jade Jackson
TikTok is a free app, that is the future of social media. Image courtesy of unsplash.

If you think Instagram is amazing for sharing your weekends, then you'll love the future of social media, which is TikTok. You'll be entertained, inspired to create, share, and do stuff worth sharing, thus filling your days with fun.

What is TikTok?
TikTok is a short-form video-based social media app, designed to be sharable. Most likely it will outshine Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. You may have seen random girls dancing in public locations, on the spot, glued to their phone. That's TikTok in action.



♬ OUT WEST - JACKBOYS feat. Young Thug

Like Tinder, you swipe up, to see the next video, but the biggest difference with TikTok is it has music embedded within. There are limited song choices at the moment, (though you can add your own), but what it means is catchy song snippets, synced to easy dance moves fill your screen and as TikTok-er's try to outdo each other, the result becomes hyper-addictive.

There are dance trends which you can easily follow, and mimic, like the Renegade, 5,4,3,2,1 and the Kei$ha Cannibal dance, but TikTok is not just dancing or lip-syncing.


No one cares about your blue haired opinion #fyp #foryou #viral #foryourpage #foryoupage

♬ Don't Start Now - Dua Lipa

TikTok features everything from places to go, life advice, cooking demonstrations, home renovations, art and craft, pranks and jokes, business ideas, money-saving and making tips, personal stories, original music, it's like Funniest Home Videos, on steroids. You even have over 30s and grandparents making videos and of course, no video content would be complete without cute animals.


Bet you didn't expect that 😂 #animalsoftiktok #dogs #pomeranian

♬ original sound - mochapom

How will TikTok change your life?
I watched a video of a homeless girl, who saw a piano at the entrance to a restaurant and begin playing it. Customers began filming her, then a guy in a suit sat down next to her to listen. She was expecting him to tell her to move on. Turns out he was the restaurant owner and offered her breakfast if she would play a few more songs. By the end, he offered her a job, to play music to customers a few times a week which meant she was able to get her own apartment.

Kids these days are more interested in becoming influencers than any other profession and it's not too late for you to join the trend.

If you see a video you like, be sure you save it, like it or share it, because once you've scrolled past, it's impossible to find videos again because there's so many.

If you know the song used, you can look at all videos that use that song, or you can also search by hashtag, interest, person or place.

#Edutok features educational videos designed to teach, inspire and thus make positive changes in the world.

Education is something many take for granted, but in some countries, such as India, literacy rates amongst certain demographics are low and TikTok hopes to change that through in-app challenges to encourage users to create useful and inspiring content.

Check out TikTok for Good.


Join me and let's #danceforchange, @tiktok! 🌎❤️👊🏽 #freedom ifad sherriesilver mreazi #samclan

♬ Freedom - Mr. Eazi, Guiltybeatz, J.Derobie

Like anything, what you get out of TikTok is what you put in, but unlike Instagram which has reached saturation level, TikTok is new and it's possible to gain thousands of views within a few days as their user base surges, but not all are creators, yet.

TikTok is built to be viral. It's really easy to share videos to multiple apps, comment and like but most importantly. making videos is easy too.

How to make a Tik Tok video
Download the Tik Tok app for free:

Sign in to create an account (just an email address or phone number is required) then press the red button to record a video.

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How to make a TikTok video - press the red button. Screenshot by Jade Jackson.

On the right-hand side is a selection of effects including stickers, video effects including lighting, stars, movement, face change and camera filters. There's a green screen filter so you can change the background. You can also add photos and text to a video to make a short slideshow and if you don't like appearing on camera, you don't have to talk - just add a song snippet.

The best part is you can stop and start a video or save it to your drafts and come back to finish it later. This gives you time to change outfits, locations, people - anything at all between scenes!

Making a video that is 15 seconds long requires some pre-planning so you can fit everything in. The easiest way to start is to copy one of the dozens of dance or meme-like trends but a quick flick through TikTok will give you some ideas.


meet the girlssss 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️

♬ Glitter - BENEE

Like Instagram it uses hashtags but TikTok suggests hashtags to use to help you get more likes, followers and to find more fans.

You don't have to register to use the app, so you can scan through endless 15-second videos, but you'll need an account to post any videos.

How To Get TikTok Famous
Step One - Pick Your Location
Make an awesome eye-catching video with dance moves that precisely match the beats of the song. Alternatively, create a text-based video, that people relate to - relationships, family, or personal stories.

Make sure your video is high quality, upright (not sideways) and keep it clean or TikTok will delete it.


♬ Baby One More Time - corynation

Step Two - Bring Your Friends
One person dancing in time to a song is worth watching, but two people, who are precisely synced and in time, dancing to a catchy song is viral content in the making. More than two people doing the same moves and you're already famous.

Step Three - Build Your Fan Base
Utilise hashtags and respond to comments and encourage users to follow so they don't miss future videos.

You will feel ridiculous dancing outside the first few times, but if you catch random people walking in on your video, or staring at you, those are usually the ones that gain the most likes and views.

How To Make Money With TikTok
There is a TikTok coins feature, which allows users to buy coins to then give to creators as tips. Creators can then redeem those for actual money. Coins start from $1.49 for 65 coins and go up in tiers to $159.99 for 6607 coins.

It's not widely advertised but as TikTok grows, so too will its functionality.

No Matter your interest, there's a TikTok video and if you want to get active in a fun way, try perfecting a short dance routine, then capture it on video.

But it's not just about dancing, share a story, a moment of your life, a frustration, or joy. Life is worth sharing. Get out there, explore and share it with TikTok.

Download the TikTok App free here.

What You Should Know
TikTok has been around for a few years in China under the name Douyin which translates to ByteDance as it began as a lip-syncing video. However, TikTok is technically a separate company in order to comply with Chinese law. For more information about privacy, see their terms.

The writer is not affiliated with TikTok in any way.


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♬ original sound - rybkatwinsofficial
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