In the last 72 hours, I've spent an ungodly amount of time looking at Twitch-produced TikToks. It all started with a simple question: Can people who have built a line of work around the longest creation, sort it out less than the one where minimalism flourishes?
TikTok is a video platform that allows users to share clips for up to 60 seconds. Most are short. For starters, people have become more used to sharing videos where they sync with their favorite songs, but these days it's more like the second coming of Vine – with more lip syncing. TikTok users send music memes, comedy shorts and one person who plays multiple characters, jokes, stunts, pranks, and random videos to pick up their phones.
It's huge among teens, making it a fertile ground for developers who specialize in games that attract young viewers like Fortnite. And it runs more algorithmical than any other platform out there. You have a feed for the people you follow, sure, but the default "For You" page is not. Instead, it learns from your past and encourages you to go through an endless stream of videos depending on your tastes.
Are the people of their entire line of work built around creating the longest, darkest of pop culture that has the potential to succeed in a central place where minimalism flourishes?
On the first day of this test, my "For You" page consisted of TikTok's of a lot of weird birds singing famous songs and getting upset, because that's what I used traditionally TikTok (note: I'm not a regular TikTok user). For a few hours in, it was all flowers. Today, it is perfect specific types of broadcasts, as well as other bizarre things that I think TikTok has decided for gamers to get into.
In my quest to understand how spam users have used TikTok, I started with some of the most popular: Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Just “Pokimane” Anys, Ali “Myth” Kabbani, Turner “Tfue” Tenney, and Jack “CouRage” Dunlop. This stream is focused on Twitch, Mixer, and YouTube, so TikTok is less focused on them and more on the expansion of their multi-billion dollar product empires.
Although TikTok is no longer a Wild West social media site (though that's where all the rooms are dancing to "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus) it is still relatively new. Because of this, big flowers no longer follow any playbook when it comes to shipping. Most programmers post some sort of funny moments from its broadcast, but in addition, it does all kinds of different things.
Ninja in particular sends #relatable videos straight to preexisting music memes, such as when your mom tells you to stop online gaming. In it, Ninja pretends to listen to his mother calling him from bottom to bottom, telling him to stop the game. He experiences a swell but eventually asks his team to defend its central character in the game. He then moves on to the song playing in the background, saying, "I'll see you after work." After that, he exits the room.
It has a punchy punchy structure that builds on the side of the song that got TikTok notoriety in part by associating it with a different gag about someone else's mother who wants them to do something, which eventually draws Ninja's joke to pull his eyes and go down while his team protects his underserved body of the game.
A fully qualified, practical but harmless TikTok, tells the computer-friendly version of TikTok's innumerable past. That sums up most of Ninja's TikToks. Still, thanks to her count of 2 million followers, her videos always garner hundreds of thousands of likes. Other Ninja TikToks scenes created by famous streamer broadcasters, include celebrities as makeup artists and Jeffree Star models, and talk frequently about snipers and hackers, which Ninja is definitely mad about. Overall, indeed
Other major broadcasts are considered similarly, in their own ways. Pokimane does cumsy dances and lip syncing, Myth happens to be memer memes, and TimTheTatman … also makes memes for compatible gamers. Of the great broadcasts, I was very impressed with CouRage and Tfue. CouRage pulls pranks on his YouTuber and friends scattering in a way I always find obnoxious, but he makes it work in the interest of the heart and a sense of humor. At the time, Tfue has only made four TokToks in his entire life and seems to have lost his account, but one of them shows a good move to (in a good way) to see the gag.
The video, featuring the caption "You caught me eating somebody else," is shot from the perspective of Tfue's ex-girlfriend, Corinna Kopf, and you see her happening in a pile of clothes straight into the bathroom. Only the lumps appear. Kopf boldly opens the door and pulls behind the bathroom curtain, finding Tfue and another man sitting in the bathtub, playing with a small flock of real, living ducks. "Dad, that's not what it looks like," said Tfue.
Is this the funniest video ever? No. But is it a full-on genre-filled comedy that someone can propose to their friends, but can go on because they don't have a lot of ducks lying there? Yes it is. And you have to respect that.
I also found that many large flowers were late for the TikTok party. The platform is packed to alleviate their absence. There are dozens of accounts of impostors who claim to be Ninja, Myth, and Pokimane, some of whom are blue-eyed game symbols in their profile pictures to sell realism. One of the accounts shows a tearful apology note from a child who used it after receiving it.
There are also unadulterated accounts containing accounts and pages of fans that take broadcast clips, digest them, and upload them to TikTok in the hopes of breaking down a piece of that aromatic scent. These accounts are unsuccessful, either, attracting tens or hundreds of thousands of followers. Large transfers do not appear to interfere with the functioning of this natural process, but despite the obvious need, they do not seem to interact with it much, either. Tfue can be a very bad example, but a much bigger stream sends to TikTok more often, if not more. They may draw hundreds of thousands or millions of followers to the platform by name alone, but they have another business to use. Broadcasting, for example.
That doesn't mean there is a problem with flower content in TikTok. Quite the contrary: Every time I open the app now, I feel like I'm being sprayed with the fire bone of things. But TikTok is its own unique broadcast site, top left, with the guy who said "EA Sports: It's a Game" in all the old Electronic Arts games you're a little celebrity.
After sitting for a while and looking at the big flowers, I started to notice some streams I didn't know were coming into my "For You" feed. At one point, these TikTok broadcasts focus on topics that are relevant to the Twitch world, such as a funny person who makes a joke about himself Fortnite champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf came up last year while the line "I created a beast" from Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" plays in the background. Others seem more worried in TokTok's pocket of video movie flower cinematic atmosphere. For example, Kruzadar
This is a subtle change, but one that makes the funny moments of broadcasting look more like TikTok is than the high-quality 16: 9 captions, which end up looking a bit cramped in image mode. Kruzadar's plot also tends to focus his attention on his face and his lonely response, and on the platform where people – not sports or other media – make the bulk of the content, the key to it. While some episodes of broadcasters feel like refusal from other platforms is creeping into the sea with the endless content of TikTok, Kruzadar is a natural fit.
TikTok is different from most platforms in one small but very important way: In a way, TikTok – an app named after a clock-generated sound—there is no time. Videos have no time zones. The content is algorithmic, so a video that is weeks or months old will suddenly pop out of your feed, and you'll no longer understand. You can tap on the audio of the video to see some of the popular TikTok installations, but again, there are no dates.
This means that TikTok stands apart from Twitch and other streaming platforms, where everything is live and everyone who tunes the tunnel is here and now. This is, at least in part, why TikTok's successful videos are so broader than have been clarified by recent events. As a result, Streamer TikTok, has developed its own sub-types of content that integrate algorithms together.
Case point: Yesterday, I liked a video of a woman spreading out loud in anger over how other players treated her when they found out she was not a male admirer in the often memorable song, "Psycho" produced by MASE. The hypothetical actor says he is good at "girl" games, and the screen turns red when he relays the line "I might just go psycho."
Within the next hour, I found a lot of very similar videos featuring the same song, such as working with men talking down and women building their own PCs.
This makes sense, because TikTok makes it easy for users to see other TikToks with a specific soundtrack and, if they so choose, tap into a song or set of sounds. Before long, however, these videos began to carry out a further cheating of TikToks about what female players are dealing with men online. This, on the other hand, is not surprising given, you know, what female gamers experience from men online. But, on the other hand, it is a very straightforward thing for an algorithm to get into.
The last type of this algorithmic change is alien, but also somehow highly anticipated. TikTok has now decided that I am a marker of two things: Male broadcasters are chatting about how they find the success of TikTok or Twitch even though they are not women – which is easily the most saturated or poisonous idea on Twitch that seems to take advantage of TikTok – as well as ads for three different products gamer energy drinks that star women's attractive organizers of the convention. Now I feel like TikTok has gone from thinking that I'm an older bird obsessed with birds, to a young woman entering video games, to a young adult.
I found that TikTok forced the flowers to adapt in other ways, too. Some flowers make the extra mile to appear in the ecosystem where the next video can just swipe. For me, the feeling of complete fashion and even clothing is a common concept, as it were a Belle Delphine-esque "egirl" of beauty. One broadcaster caught my eye, Peachyburb, he wears a mask, LED sunglasses, and shiny ear caps, giving his videos a visual signature. His videos are also great. He mimics scenes and memes, usually with some sort of twist or punchline at the end. Elsewhere, he makes fun of his friends for being out of the night game, dancing following the song "You Can't Take My Eyes on You" until he realizes that no one is online, where the song cries out and jumps up to the Chairman while he sleeps on a giant piece of someone who says " where the fuck are you? "
My favorite is a video about stock standing in front of Pokémon a gym leader in the game because he's too busy rocking with their IRL music song. It's only a Peachyburb dance at different locations in his house while holding his Nintendo DS. Ratings about the coming temporary war, but he never stops dancing:
These TikToks are pretty funny, and they turned Peachyburb into a TikTok star. Currently, he has close to 700,000 followers on the platform, and his videos have garnered 7.5 million likes. This, however, did not translate into Twitch's success. Despite describing itself as "streaming", Peachyburb has only 1,764 followers Twitch. I found this to be a common theme. The success of Twitch can boost your TikTok success, but not the opposite. Some TikTok users are also Twitch streamers even doing TikToks for that exact thing, such as when a broadcaster named Peachy (not related to Peachyburb) asks if he is really doing TokTok to promote his Twitch stream, so that his TikTok can grow? "Big 10x," after which he says to himself, "Yes, I did, yes, I did."
That didn't stop the stream of trying to crack their twitch Twitch operations on TikTok. In fact, "streamer Fighting" is a surefire Yggdrasil in TikTok, a type tree with countless branches. When I first got into this rabbit hole division, I came across a video titled "I roll for my 1 viewer" and worked on piano tunes that still resonate with the loud TikTok music. The track also includes the popular YouTuber JackSepticEye clip "Thank you for being here," which is broadcast Tusick
This video had over 55,000 likes and hundreds of views. One comment urged Tusick to never "let him go" because "I have 75 followers and 1 best friend," before adding that "it is painful to try hard to fail and no one cares." Someone commented, "Help wrap up: it's your phone you forgot to get out of the river."
A few changes later, I found the same video set in a different song. This was about to broadcast to someone when, all of a sudden, you finally got your first look and got a “really good life talk” with a new friend. This one had more than 140,000 likes and nearly 1,000 comments, hundreds of them Myth, respond, in part, to tell people the name of her channel Twitch.
In the hours that followed, I found many more TikToks with the struggles of being a small streamer, as well as the whole "little" hashtag with a total of 4.2 million views across videos with the tag. Many of these have honed the ill-advised act of quitting work or school and disregarding the advice of friends to pursue a career in play – all in all, putting themselves in the limelight.
Then they started to get clarification. Carefully. It is described in a way that I can only describe as “spiritually exhausting.” Coincidentally, TikTok started working for me videos about girlfriends caring for their boyfriend, aspiring Twitch streamers, who are passionate about spiritual music. These are videos it's usually focused on a boyfriend, but includes a caption from a girl urging people to check his channel. This is up to the entire account provided by this TikTok method. It's called Danny and Aly, and it's made of POV videos where Aly brings or makes Danny, the ambassador, to eat while she is broadcasting. The whole video is black and white, and the music always tastes perfectly peaceful. Most shows Aly raising Danny. A few focused on him going out of his way to do so.
The account currently has close to 9,000 followers, but it seems to have worked wonders for the Danny Twitch channel, according to a video from Aly, has gained 86 subscribers and over 1,000 followers since launching her TikTok account. Seriously, this could be due to one of his first videos going through TikTok. Currently, Danny – named Twitch DanBartok-It's just a hair less than 4,000 followers. Aly's latest videos show a couple bowing and celebrating the amount of registration and donations. "After all the rounds, Danny quit, and that's why," the video segment said. "We take a moment to say thank you for everything that came out of this."
I don't know how I felt about this TikTok account. On the other hand, it is not difficult to exclude two people who are sadly working to chase their dreams, even if one of them, at least for now, seems to be stuck in a traditionally submissive role. On the other hand, there is something more than a little dystopian about a series of videos that unknowingly accept Twitch (and increasingly victorious) digest – to the point where you make it emotionally and physically warm in a supportive relationship.
Maybe these two will. Maybe everything will pay off. But for many others who just try hard, you won't. Radios can be a lot of fun to watch, and can help create cool communities, but in the end, platforms like Twitch aren't the perfect paradise for anyone to go to as long as they do enough good work here in the dying realm, even if companies like to introduce themselves that way. It's hard to watch these kinds of heartwarming videos that make real people seem to fall in love and not feel like, in the end, the real winners of all of these are big companies that only care about flowers, whether they succeed or fail, it's just more light on the cash-flowing measles.
Speaking of ads, I believe that, today, I finally hit the bottom of the TikTok barrel. By that, I understood that I've been seeing videos from Kentucky Fried Chicken's gaming account, which I didn't know was a thing, but let's be real here: Absolutely. That has likely been the case. KFC Gaming TikTok account is a key force that has been pursuing shadows, affecting major historical events to ensure that TukTok will be established to realize its full potential.
Its full potential is a video of a man throwing stones at the trash in an alley. Paint the rock to look like Pokéball, as well Pokémon the theme plays out as he uses the rock to hit the blender and television. That is, as far as I can tell, a complete description of the TikTok streaming link, video games, whatever. Is the art of division? Is Ouroboros-ode like the cynical business that led to its creation? Or did another marketing director just decide that one day he wants to throw stones in the trash on the alley and pay for it? Or maybe he hoped that the surprise of all this would generate this kind of reaction, eventually drawing attention to the brand? It is impossible to say.
However, I think I'll go back to watching some weird bird videos.