TikTok in Singapore: How to get famous with more followers, likes, and views on the shortform video app
15 seconds of fame
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes", pop artist Andy Warhol prophetically claimed in 1968. Little did he known then that it'll soon take just 15 seconds to get infront of millions.
Founded in Beijing in 2012, TikTok has racked up about 1.5 million downloads to become one of the most popular shortform video apps in the world today. Deeply reminiscent of Vine (sadly missed since January 2017), TikTok has enabled young creatives to express themselves through bizarre 15-second videos that are packed with pop cultural references. As with every burgeoning social media app, TikTok's global rise has been seen with scrutiny and side-eye skepticism.
The app got its start when Chinese company ByteDance acquired a similar video-sharing app called Musical.ly. Although it was welcomed with open arms by its millennial demographic, its close ties with China has raised concerns over censorship and data collection in the Western world. With alleged breaches of users' data and even a short-lived ban in India, TikTok has had its fair share of controversies over the last few years.
Despite security concerns, the app's unyeilding growth proves that social media's insatiable appetite for snackable entertainment is set to grow exponentially in the future. The app recently made headlines when Parision fashion house Celine appointed TikTok star Noen Eubanks as its new campaign star.
Strangely enough, the app's most viral shortform videos fall into a few predictable categories. We spent an entire day swiping through the "For You" page to round up the hottest video formats that'll get anyone noticed in no time. Enjoy!
Shake it like a polaroid picture
Hop onto the latest dance trends. If you know how to ‘hit the woah', consider half the work done. If you've got more time to kill, round up a few of your cute friends for a 15-second dance routine to a hip-hop track or even an old-time classic such as "Obsessed" by Mariah Carey.
Shine bright like a diamond
Capture glitter in every shape and form. Get all festive and let it fall like snow in slo-mo or add some sparkle to your face, because aesthetically pleasing glitter videos are a fan-favourite on TikTok. The clean-up will be painful, but as we all know, fame doesn't come easy.
Once upon a time
Unleash your inner story-teller. Storytime videos are a genre of content that have been popular way before TikTok. The concept is simple — grab your phone and share an anecdote or a true story (lie if you want to). You've only got 15 seconds, so cut to the chase.
TikTok's Got Talent
Who needs American Idol or Britain's Got Talent, when there are stars in-the-making on TikTok and you could be one of them. Gather your friends, find the strangest location possible — like the nearest public restroom — put on your best Pentatonix impression and lip-sync to "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum.
Married to celebrity
Who hasn't dreamed about spending a day with their celebrity crush? Use the green screen filter on the app to make that fantasy finally come true. Jason Momoa, Chadwick Boseman or Idris Elba — you're spoilt for choice.
Never walk alone
Nothing beats a great accessory. If you're lucky enough to have an adorable puppy or a silver fox for a father, get them to make cameos in your videos. A video of your fluffy friend taking a nap or your handsome dad working out in the morning — it doesn't matter what they do, just as long as they're in the frame.
Race against time
We have no idea why, but there are plenty of mixed-race kids on TikTok and they love getting their followers to guess their ethnicities to the banging tune of "Cartier" by Dopebwoy featuring Chivv and 3robi.
Sight for sore eyes
This one is superficial, but it gets the job done. If you have a hot bod or know someone with one, TikTok fame will come knocking at your door before you know it. At this point, if we see another half-naked boy, staring at the camera, doing nothing with the caption "This took hours to make", with thousands of likes, we're going to lose our mables.
Sometimes, all it takes to get noticed on TikTok is to be as bizarre and unpredictable as possible — just like the platform.
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