Just when we thought 2019 couldn’t get any stranger, TikTok came to take over Vine’s reign as the most iconic and entertaining video sharing platform. From VSCO girls to E-Boys, a new generation of Vine lovers has been created in the form of TikTokers.
I’d like to say that Vine did it first, but TikTok brings a new way to waste hours scrolling through funny videos on your phone. When you make a TikTok, you are able to add music and filters, and you are not limited to just six seconds of time. This is what changes things. People have been able to get creative with the way they make TikToks.
As a fairly new TikTok viewer, I also have started to dabble as a creator. My friends and I have always loved to dance, and the platform gives us a great place to make dance videos and share them.
For some insane reason, my friends and I recently had some success with a TikTok. We have gotten over 22K likes and 190K views on the video we posted last Friday. We truly have no idea why it took off, and I am still confused as to why it has received the attention it has.
With that being said, it is only fair to share with you some tips on how to create a viral TikTok.
1. Make videos. Sounds obvious, right? Well, this is really what worked for me. All you have to do is put yourself out there. I have made so many TikToks that went nowhere. All it takes is one video to work well in the algorithm to be shoot you stardom.
2. Tag #ForYou. I honestly don’t know if this one actually works, but everyone says to do it. If you tag #ForYou it is supposedly going to help your chances of being discovered by users that don’t follow you. This is where you get discovered. The For You page is a mixture of popular TikToks and unknown ones. If your video is good enough, it will pop up on more and more people’s pages, gaining more views.
3. Do not do something everyone else is doing. The TikTok that I made was in a format that hasn’t been done very often and was not just a generic TikTok dance that you can see repeatedly on your feed. Try to be as original as you can be by making up your own dances or comedy sketches and recording them. If you don’t feel creative, at least add your own twist on the trend to make it seem different.
4. Have Fun. TikTok is not a serious social media platform. The only way for you to get TikTok famous is to have fun. I have only ever made TikToks for fun with friends. Don’t do it just to gain clout. If you are having fun, you just might stumble upon some TikTok fame.