TikTok: C or D

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Something about this platform makes it way more conformist than the other ones, at least so far. Half the videos seem to be people doing their own version of other users’ videos.

treeship., Friday, 24 April 2020 03:21 (seven months ago) link

If, as seems to be the case, kids are super enthusiastic about Tik-Tok, even if it looks to me to be scarcely different than other short video platforms, I would hazard the guess that maybe it's because kids think of it, rightly or wrongly, as being an internet space that belongs to more to kids than adults. Even if that idea were in some degree correct, it will without a doubt be co-opted by adults to push stuff at kids so fast it will make your head spin.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 24 April 2020 03:32 (seven months ago) link

vine was good because there were a lot of videos of people falling down and eating shit. these things are too long, giving its users too much of an opportunity to express their horrible personalities

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Friday, 24 April 2020 03:32 (seven months ago) link

First social media app that ive started using to try it out and realized immediately that I'm too old for it, I hate it, and I dont understand it.

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Friday, 24 April 2020 04:11 (seven months ago) link

that was / is snapchat for me. I can't even figure out how to use the app. every time I open it i just get the camera and the icons make no sense and no i don't want to import my contacts. it was the first app that made me feel completely old.

akm, Friday, 24 April 2020 05:38 (seven months ago) link

ok boomers

donald failson (sic), Friday, 24 April 2020 05:45 (seven months ago) link

this was fun for the first couple of hours, but once you realise 95% of the videos fall into the same specific buckets (weeknd dance routines, shitty pranks on family members, kids’ voices ironically dubbed onto adults, cats/dogs, gym junkies in their pants, 31 year olds insisting they’re not too old for tiktok) it really loses its allure

karmic blowback for dissing pip and jane baker (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 24 April 2020 05:49 (seven months ago) link

3liza's curated TikTok threads are better than actually using TikTok:

tiktok thread directory

part 1: rednecks making huge strides on tiktok - https://t.co/QUkW1hiKYO

part 2: helo - https://t.co/FFiMB6rvu2

part 3: arson - https://t.co/8oLufiuEhL

— in fair corona where we quarantine (@3liza) February 7, 2020

I'm amazed that there hasn't been a gigantic moral panic about the platform yet.

ShariVari, Friday, 24 April 2020 07:21 (seven months ago) link

There are rumours of censorship of political content on TikTok. I'm not sure how true they are. I wouldn't be surprised at all though, it's a relentlessly 'posi' platform.

This was good though:
https://www.tiktok.com/@kyscottt/video/6815758866769349894

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 24 April 2020 10:10 (seven months ago) link

there was also a controversy because the company told moderators to suppress posts by obese people, disabled people, and others with "undesirable" traits

https://theintercept.com/2020/03/16/tiktok-app-moderators-users-discrimination/

edgard varese-type beat (voodoo chili), Friday, 24 April 2020 14:15 (seven months ago) link

jeez. that makes sense, honestly. the people i am seeing are mostly young, fit, and even blend in with the celebrities who pop up posting similar content.

treeship., Friday, 24 April 2020 14:20 (seven months ago) link

there is something very untrustworthy about it. specifically, the fact that 1/2 the humor seems to be playing on gender and age stereotypes.

treeship., Friday, 24 April 2020 14:23 (seven months ago) link

The biggest problem with the platform, imo, is there's basically no way of monetising prominence other than taking donations from users. You have a bunch of young people, often under or around the age of 18, with Amazon wishlists, Cash Apps, etc getting $$$ from internet randos of all ages. Inevitably, that leads to some of them selling nudes, etc, It's incredibly dodgy on an app that is largely intended for children.

ShariVari, Friday, 24 April 2020 14:31 (seven months ago) link

yeah, eesh.

treeship., Friday, 24 April 2020 14:32 (seven months ago) link

Totally.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 24 April 2020 14:34 (seven months ago) link

instagram is like this too, i imagine. it's become so much more about people trying to become personal brands than it is a photo sharing app.

treeship., Friday, 24 April 2020 14:35 (seven months ago) link

I think Tiktok has gone out of their way to heavily censor anything perceived as adult content tbf, much more than Instagram, but it's not a good situation.

ShariVari, Friday, 24 April 2020 14:36 (seven months ago) link

that was / is snapchat for me. I can't even figure out how to use the app. every time I open it i just get the camera and the icons make no sense and no i don't want to import my contacts. it was the first app that made me feel completely old.

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oh I didn't get snapchat either but sort of categorized it as a messaging app more than a social media platform, I'm not even sure if that's correct mind you

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Friday, 24 April 2020 16:34 (seven months ago) link

five months pass...

this one is killing me somehow.

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZS9QNE4s/

between this and the guy who tries to guess paint colors while he’s watching the constituent paints being mixed there’s this kind of joy in the abject that i feel like tiktok often just nails and i am a huge sucker for it

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 October 2020 22:52 (one month ago) link

this one’s good too

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZS93wSxX/

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 23:35 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

i almost clicked on that

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 9 November 2020 17:59 (two weeks ago) link

I’ve been laughing at this TikTok for 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/ZTN5qBwEGo

— T. Kyle 🏳️‍🌈 (@tkylemac) November 20, 2020

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Friday, 20 November 2020 20:21 (one week ago) link

(that woman has some severe apnea issues i think)

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Friday, 20 November 2020 20:21 (one week ago) link


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