Skype, Messages, WhatsApp, Facebook, and seemingly a few hundred more social networks have apps which let us– Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows users– chat with one another, and mostly for free. Well, if you need yet another way to communicate in private with friends, family, or fellow terrorist, here’s Tictoc.
Why Not Tick Tock?
Tictoc is yet another way to chat. It’s a social network where around 17-million people have signed up because… well, I don’t know why. I don’t even understand the business model of a social network wannabe where the app is free and requires a Facebook account to sign up.
Skype and FaceTime and Messages and Facebook and WhatsApp have hundreds and hundreds of millions of users, so what’s the advantage of using Tictoc? Honestly, I don’t know. If you have a fear of Facebook, or are afraid the government has already cracked Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and other major social network apps, then Tictoc might be the one to use to communicate with your fellow societal disruptors, or the girl you met at a bar last week.
What you get with Tictoc, other than a new interface to learn, and the sudden realization that having a mere 17-million other Tictoc users is shamefully small compared to the hundreds of millions of users on the major network chat apps, is an app that works mostly everywhere.
Tictoc lets you send photos, colorful stickers, video clips, animated GIFs, files and mostly whatever to other Tictoc members. There’s a Tictoc app for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Windows, and Windows Phone, so there’s some universality.
Where I can see value, too, is the option to create a private group so you can share information– photos, videos, events, files, terrorist materials– with other members. I admit that Tictoc’s file management utility is rather clever, and the app itself is a good way to organize people, plan events, and segregate yourself from the riffraff that is standard social media.
Tictoc claims to delete all chat history as soon as a message has been sent, and the history is never stored on the their servers. Not only is the group chat useful, but Tictoc allows free voice calls from device to device. New users can be added to your friend list by just using their ID. No phone number is required.
The little personalized emoticons in the Sticker Studio are a bit juvenile (loved by the students in the school where my wife works) but unique.
What I don’t see evident is the business model and why anyone would want to put time and effort into using Tictoc vs. the social media giants aforementioned unless you don’t want anyone to know who you’re chatting with which then opens another can of worms as to motive, etc.
Otherwise, Tictoc works and its priced right.