TikTok Takes Social Networking to Another Level

Viviana Burgos and Ava Vaccaro

TikTok is a social networking entertainment app that lets users create videos from 15 to 60 seconds long. TikTok was originally known as “musical.ly” until it was bought out by a Chinese corporation named ByteDance.

Currently, TikTok is the source for all the new trends on all social media platforms. Some past challenges include the #bottlecapchallenge and #beatboxchallenge, which have gone viral globally.

While some of these challenges are not harmful, others can be dangerous. One of the latest trends on TikTok is a prank called the “skull breaker challenge.” 

In this challenge, three people stand next to each other and the person in the middle jumps. When they jump, the two people on the outside kick the middle person’s legs out from under them, making them fall to the ground. All over the nation, there have been news reports of kids going to the hospital for concussion treatment or surgery.

Despite the danger these challenges create, TikTok can prove to be a positive force in other industries. 

“TikTok has made songs that were not relevant, become famous. When a song is trending on TikTok its users will start to listen to that song a lot outside of the app which boosts earnings,” freshman Brooke Elder said. 

Songs like “Say So” by Doja Cat were rumored to be a huge booster for the song. The song peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

The Hype House is a house in Los Angeles where famous creators meetup to make TikToks. Some of the influential internet stars actually live in the mansion while others live around the area. 

Among the Hype House crew is TikTok’s most popular influencer, Charli D’Amelio, 15, with a whopping 34.6 million followers as of March 9. According to the New York Times, she is the “reigning Queen of TikTok.”

Senior Brenden Ha has over 9,429 followers and his fan base is growing. 

“With almost everyone I know becoming addicted to this app, it’s cool to think how you can differentiate yourself from everyone else,” senior Daniel Donnelly said.

“Around July of last year, I posted a video and then went to bed. When I woke up, I saw that my video had amassed around 30k likes which jump started my page and I just grew from there,” Ha said.

For the students out there wanting to know the trick behind Ha’s increasing fan base, Ha says to “just post what you like. TikTok’s algorithm is all about luck, so if you just post as you do and make content that you enjoy, you’re bound to blow up,” Ha said.

TikTok attracts everyone from kids to college students. It only takes scrolling past a couple of videos to be addicted.