Is TikTok Here to Stay?

By Angelina Cortina

“Hit or miss. I guess they never miss huh?”

TikTok is the new Musical.ly that we all remember from 2014. And if you don’t remember it, here is a little refresher: It is an app that allows you to make short videos, usually weird lip syncs, and other fun things. TikTok bought musically from Lu Yu Yang and Alex Zhu in August first of 2018. ByteDance (the company that owns these apps) merged the two apps but is keeping the Musical.ly layout but the Tik Tok name.

So why am I talking about this? I noticed that TikTok has taken YouTube over for a while now with all those compilations. And I am curious to see if this app will end up like Musical.ly. But l don’t think that will happen for a while now. It’s different.

Instead of cringeworthy children lip syncing and continuously making weird hand motions like it was a cool thing to do, now it’s all children with their Nerf guns with paper messages they shoot. Usually, it has crude humor. The type of dark humor that 12-year-old boys would laugh at.

I want to know if there are any kids who use TikTok like this in our school. I remember one TikTok video where its a person with a horse hat screaming, “I SMELL PENNIES!” and then he runs after the pennies. I believe this is very different from Musical.ly. Different humor, different content. Same platform setup. The platform set up is somewhat similar to Vine. You can record on the app. But TikTok added filters too. For example, there’s a filter where it’s like a reflection on water. And it looks like someone is in a body of water.

Now with that out of the way, I have a question. Do you think that TikTok is here to stay or is it coming to an end? And should it stay or not? Send us a comment.

 

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