From the moment ‘Vine app disappeared from the live-video streaming market. Billions of teenagers owning smartphones have been trying endlessly. To discover the new social media sensation. designed especially for them. The Vine app was a platform for young audiences to make short-form content for people just like them. Though the Vine app is no longer available now, the popularity of this app has remained consistent until now.
One time, Snapchat was seen as a go-to place for younger audiences. Those who were trying to create and communicate. But a chain of poor decisions based on snaps that including a messy redesign made the app less fun. Moreover, the focus on contents from established brands than user-generated videos and photos also have left the app’s community looking joyless and miserable. For some teenagers, Instagram has become a place for them to hang out, view Snapchat stories and traditional photo posts. However, Instagram doesn’t seem to have the same sort of creative energy and spirit. One that pushed the Vine audience to make some amazing short-form video.
But, Tiktok was a lot different in comparison to those apps. Although it is not a replacement for the Vine app, it is the closest alternative to Vine that many have found by far. The general idea to use the Tiktok app is quite simple, create 15 seconds to a full-minute long video using a sampled piece of audio. What more do you need when you can create videos with such ease. Just use the cameras on the front and back of your device as well as a series of effects and other options within the app.
Want to know what separates Tiktok from Vine? The sampled piece of audio. Despite the fact that Tiktok was formerly focused entirely on lip-syncing to a dialogue or a song. In the last two years, Tiktok users have been much more creative with the audios available in the app.
If you have been active on Tiktok for quite a while now or Musical.ly before it. You might have probably noticed a small crown icon on some of the profiles of Tiktok users next to a circular profile image displaying their faces. Unfortunately, the crown disappeared a few months ago. These Tiktok crowns were remains from the days of Musical.ly. And now that the crown is gone, you might be wondering: “What’s next?” What the crown meant? And what replaces the crown now?” Let’s know where the crown went and what replaced it, shall we?
Where did the crown go?
Tiktok made a significant change to its platform at the end of 2018. Months after Tiktok bought the rival platform Musical.ly, it replaced the crown with a whole new verified checkmark. It is similar to other platforms like Instagram and Twitter. If you are new to the technical world and you started off with Tiktok before any other apps, you might be wondering what the crown ( now a checkmark) is for. One that you see in some of the profiles and not others.
On social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, some users have blue check marks next to their names on profile. These platforms put the blue tick mark next to specific profiles. Be it celebrities, brands, or a news network in order to prove the accounts are verified, real and not fan-made. In Twitter, this is referred to as ‘verification’. And the accounts that have a blue tick beside them are verified. Likewise, on Facebook and Instagram, it is also referred to as verification. But the blue checkmarks are called ‘verification badges.’
Since Tiktok has substituted their crowns with actual verification icons, the crowns no longer apply now. The crown didn’t just mean verified users in Musical.ly and older version of Tiktok. But it also represented popular users and influencers on the platform. While the crown is granted to pop stars like Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande, other popular creators can also have them. Users who have established their brands on Tiktok video makers who have demonstrated their knowledge on how to make the service work for them and work well can also have their own crowns.
What replaced crowns?
You will now find the different versions of verification on Tiktok in place of crowns. The first one is ‘Verified user or account’. This is a standard checkmark we have seen in most of the social media network. This checkmark is out of reach for most of the users because it is reserved for celebrities. To ensure they aren’t being impersonated.
For other famous Tiktok users, you will find something new. Rather than giving all famous accounts a verification badge. Tiktok has started giving users, that once had a crown, badges that read ‘popular user.’ These badges put the users in a class above that of a standard Tiktok-er. While also making sure that the user is not a celebrity in the larger sense of the world. With this, Tiktok does something different than social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Where verified users range from celebrities to journalists and everything in between. But this doesn’t mean Tiktok lowers the standard of being a verified user. It just means that there’s a difference between celebrity and influencer on the platform.
How do I get verified on Tiktok?
A user is verified on Tiktok if he/she falls into one of these three categories mentioned below:
- The user is tremendously famous on the platform and serves as a valuable content creator on Tiktok in one way or another.
- The user is someone who is worldwide popular, that includes actual pop star or musician, that is on the platform.
- The users may have been chosen by the staff and support team on Tiktok as one who needs to be verified. For showing their dedication to creating content that is notable and noticeable on the platform.
The first and the third option is probably what you will consider getting your Tiktok account verified. Until and unless the person reading this is Rihanna (which is never going to happen). What’s good is that you don’t have to be famous to get verified on Tiktok. All that you need is a smartphone and your raw and creative talent to start with. If you want to get verified on Tiktok, first you will want to gain followers and, in turn, get popular. But, this is just not enough to get that verification mark. Mentioned here are the tips to get verified on Tiktok:
1. Work hard and create good content:
This is the most important step and the most important thing you should be doing to receive any sort of popularity and success on the platform. Tiktok has a large fan base. So, it isn’t that hard to find fame and followers on the platform and be a digital sensation. Almost anyone can make their way out of the shadows and be the next Tiktok hit. With videos getting featured regularly on the main feed of the app. You just need some talent and a lot of hard work. Just create interesting content and posts that are notable and are good to be featured.
2. Follow other users to gain more follower:
Once you have created a post that is noticeable and showcases your talent in the best way possible, you can use the app’s follow feature. To start following others and get notified by them. Make at least 10 strong videos that showcase your talent clearly and make them your best work. Don’t get scared to experiment with new things or go out of the box.
Once you are sure and proud of your content, use the app’s Headline page to find new users. Start looking for posts from popular and if possible, already crowned Tiktok users. Go through the comments section of those videos to find accounts of users who are enjoying the videos. Once you have found the comment posted recently, go to the user’s profile and follow him/her.
On the other hand, when the user receives a notification that you have followed him/her, the user is most likely to check your profile. This is where the real magic happens. If you have several great and likable posts, you are likely to get a follow back! But, not everyone you follow follows you back. However, don’t get discouraged and keep up your good work. If you want to know more about how to gain more followers in Tiktok in no time, you can read our article on this website.
3. Use the right songs and the right gears:
To make the best videos, you need to check some things beforehand. You need to start by checking where you are filming. Check your surroundings and ensure that you have a nice background. Be it outside or inside your house or wherever you are shooting the video. Also, if you want your videos to look much better, you can find a way to record videos without having to hold your smartphone. In this way, you can free your second hand and perform crazy actions. Without having to worry about how to hold your phone and where the device is at a given time. You don’t have to panic if you have no one around to hold the phone. You can use one of many smartphone tripods easily available in the market.
Also, make sure you are using the right set of songs for your videos. If you look through the news feed of Tiktok, you will see a number of songs repeated multiple times. However, don’t get afraid to use those same songs and lyrics in your video. Using popular songs and media, you can put yourself one step forward in the way to accomplish your mission. Likewise, you can search for the recent popular songs through the search menu. Or through the song list of the top 100 Billboard hits to get an idea of what’s popular on the internet.
4. Don’t give up:
This might seem obvious to anyone reading this right now. Becoming successful and popular starts with you putting in the good work. Though there may be many setbacks along the way. But if you are a raw talent willing to put the time and energy into creating content, working hard to publicize your videos and draw attention. You can get the work done with some hard work and a focus on your goal.
I found a site saying they can get me verified. Can they?
The easiest and short answer to this is no. There is no site that can get you verified on Tiktok. Despite several sites on Google’s search results that say otherwise. Same as the verification on Twitter and Instagram, only Tiktok officials and staff can grant you crowns. Only if they find your profile worthy of the crown that is. The apps and sites that tell you can get verified or free crowns just by using their system almost always ask for your login information. Your username and password in exchange for the crown. And if you give your account information to one of such fake services, it could be considered a violation of the Tiktok terms of service. Resulting in your account to be canceled or closed by Tiktok. Closing all the collection of your videos and making you lose access to all your manually backed up videos.
The sites or apps receiving your account information can log into your account. They can change your password and hold it hostage until you pay them to get it back. What’s more terrifying is if you use the same password for all your other sites. And for your personal use, you might be at a potential loss of private information. Even if you don’t have the same password for all the social sites, you will still have some sort of social media added to your Tiktok. This could also mean a problem for you.
However, any Tiktok account that claims to grant you crowns are automatically flagged by the Tiktok system. According to Tiktok’s supporting sites. The bots that check Tiktok accounts for spam and harassment. So, I would suggest you not to get tempted by such offers.
CONCLUSION: It can be tempting and rough at the same time to see other users with a verified account. While you are just starting out and struggling to gain followers. But, there is nothing to worry about because even the verified accounts must have struggled at some point in time. So, the recipe to getting your account verified is patience and hard work.
Achieving your goals of being a verified account is by any means not impossible. At the end of the day, you just have to try your best, learn some good new tricks, and above all never get disheartened. Make sure you keep your heads up, game strong, and stay ahead of all.