TikTok is the next social media platform to add Stories to its app. It might seem like a bizarre addition to an app that’s already based on quick videos with text and GIFs added on top. The idea is that adding a Stories feature to the app will allow TikTok users who aren’t posting regularly to engage with their audiences in a more familiar format. It will also allow creators to casually engage and interact with fans in between video posts – again, not unlike what TikTok currently does. Anyway, here’s how it would work:
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— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) August 4, 2021
How TikTok Stories will work
From what has been announced so far, TikTok Stories will work similarly as the Story function on other apps like Instagram or Snapchat. Users will be able to view Stories posted by accounts they follow for 24 hours before they’re deleted. This is done via a newly added slide-over sidebar on the left side of the screen. In the sidebar, viewers will be able to tap on a user’s profile to view the Story as well as react and comment on the Story too.
Unlike Instagram, any comments or reactions made on the app’s Stories will be public. Creators will also be able to see how many people have viewed their Story and if they are following those users or not. To create and post on TikTok Stories, users can tap a camera button on the new slide-over sidebar. From there, they will be able to add captions, music, text and stickers to their images or videos.
TikTok Stories release date
As of now, the app has not announced any details on a release date or how the pilot test is going. However, there has been a handful of TikTok users who have already gotten access to the feature. You can find these users posting about it on Twitter. Stay tuned to our blog for the latest updates on TikTok.
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