History of TikTok


Tyler K.

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With over 500 million users, Tiktok has become a world-famous app to children and adults all over the world. From humor to dancing videos, Tiktok has any video that anyone could think to search for. The $75 billion app was created by Zhang Yiming in 2018,  has made over 12 billion from Tiktok. He attended Nankai University, and majored in microelectronics. After his college years, Yiming worked at Microsoft as a basic engineer. With his skills from his previous jobs, the 35-year old states that those jobs had helped him create his multi-million dollar company, ByteDance. Zhang Yiming was born in 1983 and raised in China. He currently lives in Beijing, China with his wife, also his high school sweetheart. Yiming claims that his creations of Tiktok and Musical.ly have changed his life, and has made him famous, as well as a billionaire. 

Before Tiktok, Yimings app was named Musical.ly. This app was mostly known for dancing videos and lip syncing to different songs. Yiming’s company spent over 1 billion dollars on Musical.ly, but the company did not realize that this would all change. Musical.ly slowly evolved into Tiktok, which has over 1.4 billion downloads. To many, Tiktok is important because it is an ever changing source of entertainment. With over 500 million users, people post about many different topics. There are hundreds and millions of dance, humor, life hack, skincare, pet, stunts, food, and many more videos on the app.. 

Tiktok is important and can build a strong platform for many teens to jump start their career or help them create more content for the world to see. Becoming “Tiktok famous” has helped these creators build up their careers. These people, and hundreds more are all famous for the videos that they post. For example, the most followed Tik Toker, Loren Grey, with over 38.8 million followers, has become famous only at the age of 17, just because of the tik tok videos she makes. Charli D’Amelio is another example, in which she has over 20 million followers. Only at age 15, Charli became popular for her dancing videos and is now noticed by many companies and has a career of her own. Another Tik Tok famous person, Kio Cyrr, is famous for his acting videos. Many of these famous people specialize in one thing, which will help them in their jobs and their lifetime.

Popular for its funny and entertaining videos, Tiktok has become a world popular app to people all across the globe!