Social media sites depend on their users just as much as their users have come to depend on them. To keep users happy and avoid becoming another MySpace, they must listen to their feedback and evolve based on their changing expectations. TikTok has been carefully listening to its audience and has recently announced a feature that’s been highly requested.
Originally, TikTok videos were up to 15 seconds long, but that turned out not to be nearly enough for users to express themselves, so the limit was increased to 60 seconds. Now, TikTok is bumping the video length limit one more time — this time to 3 minutes.
“With longer videos, creators will have the canvas to create new or expanded types of content on TikTok, with the flexibility of a bit more space,” said product manager Drew Kirchhoff. “Some of you might have come across a longer video on TikTok already — we’ve been letting creators around the world experiment with the expanded format.”
In just a few weeks, all TikTok users will be able to share with the rest of the world videos that are up to 3 minutes long, which is guaranteed to be a boon to all creators of educational, demonstrational, and explainer content, among others.
Creating a 3-minute video on TikTok is easy. When you access TikTok’s camera function, you can swipe directly above the record button to switch between 15 seconds, 60 seconds, or 3 minutes.
Given that TikTok has around 1 billion users worldwide, including approximately 100 million in the United States, it shouldn’t really surprise you that not all creators are happy with the expanded time limit. They fear that it could destroy what the platform has always been about: users sharing short, addicting video clips with lots of viral potential.
What’s certain is that TikTok can’t afford to lose its appeal with its main demographic (teenagers) because its main competitors, including Triller, Dubsmash, and Byte doing what they can to attract as many new users as possible.
Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections
According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.
NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.
At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.
“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”
It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.
According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.
Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.
Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.