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Pratiksha Timsina, Staff Writer

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From dance chains to quirky challenges, TikTok has made its way up the charts to be one of the most popular apps ever.

The app TikTok is certainly well-known among most teenagers, and it has gained a big reputation in the last few years. The karaoke app for teenagers launched in 2014 as Musical.ly, and it was open for anyone to make videos that lasted from 15 to 60 seconds. Users could upload their videos for other people to like, comment on, and share.

In 2017, a Chinese company, ByteDance, bought Musical.ly and changed the name to TikTok. Ever since the name change, it has grown to be even larger than Musical.ly ever was.

ByteDance didn’t change the simple Musical.ly look. They added more filters and fixed some bugs here and there. They also promised access to international users. The name change introduced people from all around the world. The number of users rose quickly due to its popularity.

Although Musical.ly was known for it’s “classic” lip syncing videos, TikTok opened up a new era for people who enjoy music, cooking, travel, dance, fashion, and many more topics. TikTok offers teenagers a place to share their humor and talent.

Popular challenges such as the “Pretty Boy Swag Challenge” spread around quickly. “Pretty Boy Swag” is a song by the well-known artist Soulja Boy, and it has become a popular song to use as an audio on TikTok.

The challenge broken down is just dressing up and posing as a certain character, meme, or celebrity. For instance, a girl puts makeup on to look like a real Bratz doll, she dresses up like the doll, and then shows a picture of the Bratz doll, highlighting their similarity in looks.

Another well-known trend going on around is a simple video where users stand in front of a mirror and show their transformation from something that they’ve been doing or watching for one day. The days progress from a week, to a month, and then finally to a year, where their voice completely changes. An example would be watching Harry Potter and then showing the progression of a British accent.

Challenges are popular, but so are dance chains. TikTok is full of people dancing to their favorite songs or popular music to show off their skills or even outfits.

TikTok has gotten backlash for basically being a rip-off Vine, which was a similar app in which users could create seven-second videos. The two apps are very similar, and although Vine had its reign, it also had its downfall.

Vine was an era itself, but TikTok is a new and, some would even say, improved era.

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Pratiksha Timsina, Staff Writer

Pratiksha is a freshman and first-year staff writer. She can usually be found fan-girling about Shawn Mendes or chatting with her friends. She’s also...

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