TikTok Adds Commenting and Notifications To Its Web Version

TikTok's web version will now allow users to both check their notifications and comment on posts.

TikTok's craze, while wildly upwards tangent, has mostly been linked to its mobile interface. It's rather easy to see why. TikTok relies on short, simple videos which are filmed on the go and uploaded right then and there. Laptops and desktops aren't exactly renowned for their filming process, especially on the go. Phones are also particularly popular with TikTok's target demographic of young individuals. Therefore, the news that TikTok has a desktop version comes as a surprise, let alone that it's getting updates.

But updates, it shall get, very minor ones in scale, but bringing about a lot more functionality. Previously, one could only use the TikTok web to view content and, in an addition harkening back to early 2020, login with accounts to view information and upload videos. These new updates serve to enhance the online experience by adding the ability to comment and check notifications.

We've delved into why the web version is so underdeveloped. The success of TikTok seemed to rely entirely on its mobile success, so why rely on a Big screen? However, things have changed with the app's massive success. Certain creators on the platform now rely on it for a livelihood. The adding of such options to the website will only make things easier, as not all work is done from a mobile.

An additional factor involves TikTok's audience. What used to mainly cater to a generation of youths has evolved to become a fun app for all. Some of the applications more popular individuals no longer consist of lip syncing teens, but middle aged teachers talking about taxes and financial tips. Older working individuals, especially those with office jobs that rely heavily on computers, will only be left with more accessible options for their TikTok experience.

So, yes, phones are obviously the way to go with TikTok. But as the app grows and becomes more inclusive, it won't hurt to apply themselves to a desktop interface as well, especially since that might help people who're constantly on their laptops rather than their phones. Generation Z might still be, and might even continue to be the standard bearer of TikTok, but even small steps like these go to show that the company is looking out for users both conventional and unconventional.


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