Last updated on May 15th, 2020 at 03:31 pm
Why is everyone talking about TikTok, what is so special about it? A friend asked me after he had come across the mobile app being mentioned several times online. Well, if you are interested in learning more about the trending mobile application like my friend, here is a full TikTok review that explains everything you need to know. Read on!
What Is Tiktok App?
TikTok is a music and video-based social network that allows users to share short clips with friends and followers from all over the world.
Becoming a creator on the social media app is quite simple. All you need to do is lip-sync or dance along with trending songs. What is even more interesting is that you can make the videos you created really amazing with special effects available on the platform.
If you have no intention of sharing any videos on the platform, you are free to watch that of others. This can be video clips from both those that follow you and those you are following—for instance, your favourite celebrities, family and friends. You are also free to watch any random video, even without following the creator. Especially videos shared with trending hashtags.
Between January and April 2018, TikTok became the most downloaded mobile application in the world with about 45.8 million downloads. As of December 2019, the video-sharing app had approximately 251.2 million active users, according to Adam Blacker of Apptopia. Majority of these numbers are from the U.S, China and other Asian countries.
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Tiktok Review; The Origin Of The Mobile App
In September 2016, TikTok was launched by Bytedance, a company based in China. As of the time it was launched, the social media app was called Duoyin. The application grew really fast in China, where it was launched, which made the owners started working on reaching out to other countries.
As part of its plans to reach out to international markets, in 2017 Bitdance acquired Musical.ly, a similar application which was already in existence in the United States and rebranded it. The company then launch lite versions of the app for its other international markets, mainly Indonesia and India.
With this acquisition of Musical.ly and the creation of its lite versions, the video-sharing platform became so popular that even Facebook had to launch a similar app in November 2019 to retain its dominance in the market. The Facebook video sharing platform is called “Lasso.” It has both Android and iOS versions. Sadly, it is only available in the US and Latin America at the moment.
Today users from all over the world can register and share videos on Tiktok, including those from African countries. Except in countries where there is a restriction from the government on it.
Why TikTok Is Winning Hearts Everywhere
Although the mobile app is coming up at a time when several countries are not really best of friends with its country of origin, the Chinese short-video sharing platform has continued to grow tremendously, overtaking others that have been there long before it came.
What is the secret? Why is TikTok trending everywhere?
In this Tiktok app review, we highlight some of the reasons:
In terms of usability, TikTok is so easy to use that even teens of about 13 years, can signup and start sharing videos on the platform, all by themselves, without any form of assistance by adults.
Though I think the ease of use of the Tiktok app is super cool, some people consider it a con, Parents for example and understandably so. They believe that since kids under the age of 13 hardly experience any difficulty using the app, they are at risk of encountering contents meant for adults.
Aside from that, I think TikTok is great in terms of its usability compared to other social media apps that are in existence at this moment.
Registration And Profile Setup
To fully enjoy all there is on TikTok; you will need to have an account on the platform. That means you will have to first download the right version for your device, be it Android or iOS.
Once you open the app after downloading and installing it, you will see a “signup” on the lower part of your screen which you are to click on. During the signup process, you will be required to enter your name, phone number and other specific details about you, including your other social media handles.
According to the company, the information provided by users on the platform is completely safe, so you shouldn’t worry about the company selling your details. However, since this is a social media platform like any other one out there, you should be wise to mind the information you make public on your profile. Scammers are not only on the big social networking apps that have been in existence before this one, but they are also everywhere.
After you have successfully registered an account on the app, you can click on your profile to properly set it up.
This is another area where the mobile application has received so many positive user reviews. You can create videos on it in just a few seconds. It’s that simple.
To make a post on TikTok, all you need to do is click on the plus (+) sign at the bottom of your screen on your homepage. The one in the centre there.
After that, you click on “pick a sound” at the top of the screen. TikTok’s Library of songs will open. From there you can select the exact one you need. The moment you click on the one you want, an option will be displayed below it, saying “shoot with this sound.” Click on that and proceed.
If you like the song to start or end at a particular point, click on the scissors icon and select those points. Then click on the checkmark key by the right to save the changes. You will be required to choose the speed you want your video to play with, when it starts. Select any of the speed rates shown there.
Once you have selected the speed, then you can start recording the video. You can switch between your smartphone’s Front and Rear camera for the recording by clicking the rotating button by the right, at the top of your screen.
Click and hold the video button by the bottom to start the recording and only lift your finger from it once you are done. You can add special effects (the clock icon), edit the sound and preview the video. Remember to click “save” at the top after editing and adding any special effects to it.
To post the content you just created, click next. Add a caption to the video, you can add hashtags or tag your friends here. You can also share the video with your other social media accounts from here. Click on “Post” after adding the description and wait a few seconds. The video will be uploaded to your TikTok timeline.
Now that’s how to create and share contents on TikTok.
See how simple that is!
Interacting With People
With TokTok, you can send a direct message to someone and interact with them in other ways like commenting on their videos etc. This requires you to first sign up on the app. Though you can watch videos on the platform without that, you can’t interact with people on the app without registering an account.
To find your friends and favourite celebrities on the platform, you will have to go to your homepage and click on the search button at the bottom of your screen. The moment you click on that search button, lots of trending hashtags will show up on your screen. You can click on any of it or go on to type the name of the friend or celebrity you want to follow on the app.
At the message tab, you will find both your old and new message notifications. You can also create a new message from there to send to any of your friends.
Overall User Experience
In terms of the overall user experience, TikTok is definitely worth all the hype. From the account registration, content creation and posting, video play, messaging and interacting with followers, the app delivers a seamless experience.
The social media platform is one of the best places to be on. You can make friends with people from all over the world and get to watch contents from your favourite celebrities.
Tiktok Review; Is Tiktok Safe For Kids?
As stated earlier, the app Tiktok is very easy to use. Just download the app and you can start watching videos immediately without even signing up for an account. For this reason, Tiktok may be unsafe for kids below the ages of 13, as they can easily be exposed to contents meant for adult eyes alone.
Parents and guardians are therefore advised to keep watch over their little kids and monitor what they do with their phones at all times.
Tiktok Review In Summary
TikTok is a video sharing platform developed by Bytedance in 2016. The app which was created in China has since then spread across the entire world. In 2019 the app was named the most downloaded app across the globe.
Are you searching for an honest TikTok review? Do you want to know how the short-video sharing platform truly works? I hope you find this post useful.
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