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.
UAE Comes Out Strongly In Guinness World Records 2023
Guinness, the renowned cataloger of record-breaking events, has released its latest annual, after sifting through 40,000 applications — and the Arab world is heavily featured.
Guinness World Records, the authority on record-breaking global achievements, has just announced its latest release, “Guinness World Records 2023 (GWR2023),” which will be available online and in physical stores across the Arab region from today.
As usual, GWR 2023 features all of the latest achievements from around the world (and space!), with special features and updated graphics to bring the stories to life.
So why the interest in the latest Guinness installment? Well, it turns out the Arab Region is strongly represented in the book, with more than 50 records featured in the new edition, which is no mean feat considering the volume of competition.
“We’ve sifted through nearly 40,000 record applications over the past year to bring you Guinness World Records 2023. People from all walks of life continue to be fascinated by extremes, and we’ve received claims from across the planet – indeed, even from space! This is why I’ve said the new edition is out of this world,” says Craig Glenday, Guinness Editor in Chief.
Of interest to readers of this platform, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates both get to flex their record-breaking muscles.
Saudi Arabia claims the title of “Largest LED Structure and Suspended Ornament” courtesy of the Noor Riyadh Festival, as well as other weird and wonderful titles, including the “Largest Lego Formula 1 Car”, as well as perhaps more prestigious honors, such as “Largest Mirrored Building”, “Largest Clock Face”, “Tallest Lighthouse” and the “Largest Geodesic Dome”.
Not to be outdone, the UAE has claimed several humanitarian record-breaking titles, including the “Longest Video Livestream” (by The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and pan Arab influencer Hassan Suleiman), the “Largest Donation for Medical Treatment”, and the “Most Awareness Ribbons Made in One Hour”.
On the tech front, the UAE also claims several prestigious firsts, including “First 3D-Printed Laboratory”, while the world-renowned Burj Khalifa hangs on to its title of “World’s Tallest Building”.