The Guardian: Families of missing Uighurs use Tiktok video app to publicise China detentions. “Uighurs are sending out messages on social media video app Tiktok showing family members who have gone missing, in their latest attempt to raise awareness about the estimated 1 million Uighurs who have been detained in camps that have sprung up across China’s Xinjiang region.”
Motherboard: TikTok Users Are Inventing Wild Theories to Explain Its Mysterious Algorithm. “TikTok users, without verifiable information from TikTok, are aggressively postulating their theories about how the For You page actually works on the platform. Speculation about the For You page has become prevalent that it’s practically adopted status as a meme on the platform. If users aren’t theorizing about it, then they’re making irreverent jokes about it.” I find it fascinating that users are speculating and trying to game this algorithm from the get. Algorithmic recommendation systems are no longer mysterious concepts or nerdy. They just are.
BBC: TikTok videos spread climate change awareness. “Users of the social video app TikTok have been spreading a message of climate change awareness through make-up and time-lapse videos. Their chosen hashtag of #Globalwarning – a play on the term ‘global warming’ – has been viewed more than 24 million times on the app so far.”
The Verge: TikTok turns one: its first 12 months, as told through TikToks. “The short clips can originate from anywhere: it might be a snippet from a song (which can go on to live in a Spotify playlist of popular TikTok songs), the audio from a Vine (RIP), or a clip from a viral YouTube video. The best (or cringiest) challenges might get edited into TikTok compilations on YouTube. It’s all part of a beautiful content circle of life. These are the top hashtags for every month that TikTok has been in our lives, and the TikToks encapsulate how the platform has grown in the past year.”
CNET: TikTok now lets you add GIFs to posts. “Users of social video app TikTok can now add GIFs to their posts, the company said Thursday. The update, part of a partnership with GIPHY, also makes TikTok memes available as GIPHY stickers.”
MakeUseOf: How to Use TikTok: 11 Tips for Beginners. “Whether you’re just a viewer or someone who’s planning to post videos yourself, you’ll need to know how to use TikTok in order to get started. These TikTok tips for beginners should help you become a TikTok expert in no time.” Or at least will help you understand what the hell everybody’s talking about.
Tubefilter: TikTok Is A Mostly Untapped Space For Western Ecommerce — But Chinese Companies Are Using It To Make Millions. “With its billion-plus downloads and steadily-growing user base of more than 500 million, there’s no doubt: TikTok is a thing. And whenever a new social media app becomes a thing, it’s inevitable that brands want to find out how they can utilize it to draw eyeballs to their products.”