TikTok is a social app used to create and share videos. Many videos are music-centric, with creators using the app's extensive library of sound effects, song samples, and filters to create short clips of themselves dancing and lip-syncing. You can engage with people by using “hearts", which are the same as “likes.” After you download the TikTok app and open it, you'll immediately see curated featured videos on the “for you" page. You can switch to the “following” page to see videos from users you follow - whether friends or popular TikTokers.
Launch of TikTok
Created by Chinese startup ByteDance in 2016, it is locally known as Douyin. Increased usage in the stratosphere began in late 2017 when it acquired competing app Musical.ly and ported its 200 million account list to TikTok.
What is TikTok, and why has it become so popular? TikTok currently boasts 800 million active users worldwide with over 2 billion downloads on the App Store and Google Play - an impressive feat for a platform launched in 2016, which now competes with the likes of Facebook (2004), Twitter (2006), and Instagram (2010).