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Understanding the TikTok Algorithm

tiktokThe Chinese social video platform has become a heavy-hitter in the US and parts of Africa music marketing industry, due in large part to the platform’s algorithm, and its ability to quickly propel a video to viral status.

TikTok is a social video platform from China that currently has a lot of influence on the U.S. music industry, as labels see how much its users love music. Despite what you might have heard, it’s not just for kids, and can provide some very useful promotion even though the videos are only 15 seconds long. It’s easier for a video to go viral on the platform than another other at the moment, and that’s because of the TikTok algorithm.

How The Algorithm Workstiktok

The TikTok algorithm uses machine learning to evaluate the quality of every video uploaded. Just like the algorithms used on every other social platform and search engine, the specifics aren’t published, but experts have determined at least some of its aspects.

  • When a video is uploaded, TikTok shows it to a small number of TikTok users in between popular videos. This way, the user doesn’t get bored.
  • The algorithm then measures how much of your video is actually watched, as well as how many Likes, comments, shares, and downloads it receives. It seems that the ratio is 1 like for every 10 views in order to trigger the algorithm to show the video to more people.
  • The algorithm is triggered by the velocity of the engagement it receives. In other words, if it suddenly receives 20% more Likes in a single day, then the video will be pushed out to more people as a result. Users have reported that their video views seem to come in waves as a result.
  • Believe it or not, TikTok is has over a billion users and was download more than even Instagram last year. That means that the possibility of your video being seen by a lot of people, or even going viral in some small way, is pretty good.

It might be time for you to check it out TikTok if you haven’t already. This is a good article that provides most of the basics, but we’ll touch on more here in the future.


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