TikTok rivals Twitter with new textual content format

San Francisco: TikTok, the social platform identified for its addictive video content material, introduced Monday that it’s going to provide text-only posts, changing into the most recent tech large to supply a substitute for embattled Twitter.

The textual content posts on TikTok will most intently resemble comparable choices on Instagram, which earlier this month additionally launched a problem to Twitter – which proprietor Elon Musk renamed X – referred to as Threads.

Like Meta-owned Threads, TikTok advantages from its dimension, with round 1.4 billion month-to-month energetic customers, in line with specialist website Enterprise of Apps.

However not like Fb’s father or mother firm, it has chosen to combine its new text-only function into its app reasonably than launch a separate product, as Meta did with Threads.

TikTok’s model will stay extra visible than a Twitter or Threads publish, with customers in a position so as to add a coloration background, music and stickers to the publish.

The Chinese language-owned firm mentioned the brand new format will develop “boundaries of content material creation for everybody on TikTok” and faucet into the “creativity” seen in feedback and captions, the corporate mentioned.

Along with Threads, smaller platforms reminiscent of Mastodon, Bluesky and Substack Notes have emerged as potential rivals to Twitter, however none have to date dethroned it regardless of its troubles.

Musk final week mentioned Twitter has misplaced roughly half of its promoting income, leaving a possibility for the challengers.