It’s Official: TikTok is the New King of Social Media Platforms –

TikTok is taking on the Web, quick changing into a spot the place creators extraordinary are going viral and giving rise to a brand new technology of social media stars. The short-form video platform has turn into extremely well-liked globally for its snacky viral movies, which vary from 15 second to a minute. 

In keeping with San Francisco-based tech firm Sensor Tower, TikTok crossed 1.5 billion downloads on the App retailer and Google Play, changing into the third hottest non-gaming app of 2019, sitting atop Fb and Instagram on the app chart. India clocked within the highest quantity of downloads for the app, making up for 31 p.c (466.Eight million) installs world-wide. The opposite international locations the place TikTok accounted for its surge in downloads have been China (11.5 p.c) and the united statesA (8.2 p.c).

Digital media honcho Samir Bangara (co-founder and MD, Qyuki) believes TikTok has redefined social media in India. He says, “TikTok has crossed 100 million monthly active users and given us new-age super stars like Mr Faisu, Jannat Zubair, Sameeksha Sud, Avneet Kaur who have established their clout not only on TikTok but also on Instagram thanks to their TikTok growth.” Seems the motion isn’t just on-line — final month, Qyuki partnered with Paytm Insider and hosted India’s first fan pageant specializing in TikTok and Instagram stars in Mumbai. On the vastly profitable occasion, over 4,000 followers largely between the ages of 12-25 flocked to the JioWorld Backyard in BKC to relax with the aforementioned names, paying something between 2,999 to 7,999 rupees for an unique meet-and-greet.

Nonetheless, TikTok hasn’t thrived with out incident in India. Final April, the app was banned for a short time frame  (three customers died after struggling accidents whereas filming content material to submit on the app), returning in the direction of the top of the month after TikTok’s father or mother firm ByteDance introduced that they might rent native content material moderators, improve funding in India and launch extra in-built security options. In keeping with a Reuters report, ByteDance, in a courtroom submitting, cited experiencing monetary losses of as much as $500,000 a day throughout TikTok’s ban within the nation. It’s no daring guess to say that India actually made the app tick. 

Because the world applauds and is smart of the platform, TikTok has checked off some landmark moments previously few months. 

1. TikTok has given us Grammy-winning breakout musicians

Photograph: Christaan Felber for Rolling Stone

How can we discuss viral and chart-topping music in latest occasions with out mentioning Montero Lamar Hill aka Lil Nas X’s hip-hop-country crossover “Old Town Road”? The Atlanta rapper made the observe at a whopping cost of $30, releasing the music in December 2018, whereas additionally utilizing a snippet of it as a meme on social media. The snippet notably caught traction on TikTok the place folks drank ‘Yee-Juice’ and took half within the ‘Yeehaw’ problem. The music then went viral, witnessing an unbelievable ascent in views and streams. The consequence? Lil Nas X was signed by Columbia Information and the only was re-released in March 2019, peaking the Billboard Sizzling 100 chart for 19 consecutive weeks, rocking expectations and redefining what it takes to make a blazing debut and not-so-sleeper hit. The rapper went on to win two Grammys in 2020, one for the Greatest Music Video and the opposite for Greatest Pop Duo/Group Efficiency. He mentioned in a statement, “TikTok helped me change my life. [It] introduced my music to a number of completely different audiences without delay.” 

@thelawyerLawyer by day, cowboy by evening.  #cowboy #urbancowboy♬ Old Town Road – Lil Nas X

Nearer dwelling, songs that went viral not too long ago on TikTok have been Punjabi musicians Jass Manak’s “Lehanga”, Guru Randhawa’s “Slowly Slowly” and Millind Gaba’s “She Don’t Know” amongst others, whereas artists like Neha Kakkar, Randhawa and Arjun Kanungo emerged as the highest 5 music artists on the platform, utilizing TikTok to advertise their music, submit comedic skits, participate in challenges and extra. 

2. TikTok ushered in social media sport changers 

@gima_ashibohot laborious w/rugeesvini #gullykalakar #myoutfit #bohothard #emyway_bantai #featurethis♬ original sound – gima_ashi

Simply once we thought Instagram’s social media influencers have been going to take over the world for good, there emerged a brand new fold of social media stars by means of TikTok and this time round, they have been a tad bit extra relatable. With over 200 million energetic customers unfold out over Tier I, II and III cities and the plain ripple of the ‘Jio effect’, on a regular basis folks turned content material creators by means of the platform. Amongst those that discovered a kickstart on the app have been TikToker and actor Garima Chaurasia and dancer/choreographer Awez Darbar who made it to TikTok’s high 5 creators list. Chaurasia additionally posted the preferred video (India) on the platform this 12 months, a dance cowl of Mumbai rappers Emiway and Thoratt’s “Boht Hard” which accrued 120 million views. 

@theofficialgeetWatch Till Finish 🔥 #anger #edutok #edutoklifetips #expectationvsreality #blacknwhite #kayapalat #storytime #mytiktokstory♬ original sound – Geet

Lawyer and social sector skilled Sangeeta Jain too discovered herself on TikTok’s high creators checklist, together with her movies on motivation, self-care, social justice and English talking expertise gaining her nearly 8.Three million followers throughout two accounts. 

@ammama_kochumonഅമ്മാമയെ ഞാൻ ഇതൊന്ന് എങ്ങനാ പറഞ്ഞു മനസിലാക്കുക എന്റെ ദൈവമേ.#1millonaudition #1mvinesedination♬ original sound – jinson5436

Slicing throughout the age demographic, India’s senior residents too took to the platform, typically inspired by relations. One such octogenarian is Mary Joseph Mampilly, who after posting movies displaying her comedic timing and performing chops to TikTok, landed a job in a Malayalam movie titled Sundaran Subash

TikTok has opened the floodgates for a brand new crop of expertise to showcase their respective arts. The recognition of TikTok influencers modified the best way manufacturers, professionals and organizations approached the platform and the way these social media stars leveraged it. 

3. Music labels are casting TikTok stars

Main music labels YRF, T-Collection, Saregama, Sony Music India and extra are searching for TikTokers to star of their artist music movies, bringing in each the views and the engagement that these social media stars’ huge fan bases span. Final 12 months, social media star Faisal Shaikh aka Mr Faisu and Jannat Zubair starred in Ramji Gulati’s music video for “Fruity Lagdi Hai” whereas well-liked TikTok group Group 07 comprising Mr Faisu, Hasnain Khan, Adnaan Shaikh and Faiz Baloch (who all go by their first identify) and Shadan Farooqui aka Saddu starred in Gulati’s video for “Nazar Na Lag Jaye.” Garima Chaurasia featured in a number of Punjabi music movies (Nawab’s “Tattoo Song”, Ravneet Singh’s “Mashallah” and “Ranjheya”, Madhur Dhir and Shazi Ahmad’s “Munda Baimaan”). 

4. Bollywood has joined the bandwagon

@riteishd#6secchallenge @nagmaa @awezdarbar #comedу #marjaavaan15nov♬ Tokyo Drift (remix) – 💎꧁န❤️ល័ក្ខណ❤️န꧂💎

The Indian TikTok wave has been so infectious that it introduced even Bollywood stars to the brand new social media shore. Actor Jacqueline Fernandez topped the app’s year-end checklist of high 5 celebrities on the platform, together with her video for the makeup-centric #TakTakTak problem amassing 112 thousands and thousands and holding the quantity two spot within the high 5 movies itemizing. She was adopted by actor Riteish Deshmukh (who even collaborated with fellow TikTokers Nagma Mirajkar, Faby and Awez Darbar), comic Kapil Sharma, actor Madhuri Dixit and cricketer-musician DJ Bravo (who collaborated with well-liked TikTokers Bhavin Bhanushali, Sameeksha Sud, Vishal Pandey and others), participating in challenges, importing comedic skits and extra.

5. TikTok cements covenant with India by means of specialised challenges and pageant moments 

@monikundu4maa daant daiti hai however ander se man pyar ka hota hai #2ofme #tiktok_india #babylove #foryou♬ original sound – monikundu4

One wonderful means TikTok is pushing its creators to interact with the neighborhood is thru challenges that span the gamut of self-evolution and picture, and comedic comparisons. The #2OfMe problem noticed creators use on a regular basis life conditions to point out the distinction between appearances and actuality, typically comically and topped the checklist of high 5 viral challenges (all clocking in views within the billions) within the nation in 2019. It was adopted by the visually evolutionary #MyJourney problem. Challenges that additionally made it to the highest 5 have been the #TakTakTak problem which took the Magnificence Vlogger persona to a different stage and the #PlayCool problem which featured hilarious extremities. 

@madhuridixitnene#myjourney #stargazing♬ Akhiyaan Milaoon Kabhi (From “Raja”) – Alka Yagnik & Arvind Hasabnish and Udit Narayan
@noman_officialLook forward to the top😜 returnoftiktok SwagStepChallenge shareandwin @tiktok_india♬ mohammad_ismail – mohammadismailmas

Diwali, the ICC Cricket World Cup, Independence Day, Holi and Mom’s Day, a bizarre combo if something, appeared to convey all of the creators to the fore with these pageant moments going viral on TikTok. Creators took to the platform to share their very own interpretation of those events. Enjoyable Reality: Training was the highest style for TikTok India with round 13 million movies being posted on the subject. TikTok additionally sought to interact its customers with social change by means of campaigns akin to #EduTok, #PetBFF (with views going in the direction of donations for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), #SafeHumSafeInternet (which noticed customers interact with the subject of secure content material creation, cyber bullying and extra), #WaitASecToReflect (which advocated for accountable content material) and extra.

@ayan_tiwariBe secure whereas Creating tiktok movies ☺️ don’t damage your self #safehumsafeinternet @tiktok_india♬ original sound – ayan_tiwari

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