@TisForTraining 322: Don’t Yuck My Yum, but Don’t Yum My Yuck Either.

Jared Bendis on TikTokJared Bendis, a feral librarian, joined the T is for Training crew again and this time to talk about TikTok. What?! On the call with Jared were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, Diane Huckabay, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.

TikTok is a medium for sharing short and long form videos. Jared describes it as being focused on the creator. Jared started with talking about how he began using TikTok. He “stalked before he talked”, which means he watched before he began posted.  He posted his first video in January 2022.  He now has over 9800 followers and more than 285K likes. He has a viral video that has over 114K views! On TikTok he is able to reach people he doesn’t know.

TikTok begins by giving people the ability to post a 1-minute video. After a while, people graduate to 3-minute videos. Jared has graduated again to be able to post 10-minute videos, and yes, he posts 10-minute videos. And he has the ability to go live. He noted that short videos have the ability to go viral. Important to know that videos are not served sequentially. Each video needs to stand on its own.

Jared then began to rift on what he posts and why, and also talked about the TikTok algorithm. And the stories flowed!  This is a long show and you need to listen until the end.  It is good!

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