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The TikTokification of Everyday Life

The TikTokification of Everyday Life

In an exploration of the micro-niche content on TikTok, we can find new communities and ways of interacting with unique markets.

Jamie Cohen

September 13, 2023
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  1. The TikTokification
    of Everyday Life
    Jamie Cohen
    CUNY Queens College
    & Digital Void
    Speakerdeck.com/jamiecohen
    @NewandDigital

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  2. #brightonSEO
    Do you remember
    being asked as a kid
    what you wanted to be
    when you grew up?

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    According to multiple studies, today about
    33% of young people want to grow up to
    be “influencers,” “YouTubers,” “Vloggers,”
    or ”Creators”
    https://www.highervisibility.com/ppc/learn/gen-z-and-the-rise-of-influencer-culture/
    https://theharrispoll.com/briefs/lego-group-kicks-off-global-program-to-inspire-the-next-
    generation-of-space-explorers-as-nasa-celebrates-50-years-of-moon-landing/

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  5. #brightonSEO
    Video is the most valuable medium with over
    50% of social media users preferring video
    https://sproutsocial.com/insights/social-media-video-statistics/

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  6. #brightonSEO https://thenextweb.com/news/17000-youtubes-youtube

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    According to Goldman Sachs, the “Creator Economy”
    is worth about $250 billion and could reach half a
    trillion by 2027
    https://www.goldmansachs.com/intelligence/pages/the-creator-economy-could-
    approach-half-a-trillion-dollars-by-2027.html
    Across all platforms was born

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  9. #brightonSEO
    Who do you think of when you think of
    “influencers” or “creators”?

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    Forbes 50 Top Creators have a collective
    following of nearly 2 billion people and earned a
    combined $570 million in 2021
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexandrasternlicht/2022/09/06/top-creators-
    2022/?sh=739cb1c367a1

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    Most of them make their earnings through brand
    endorsements
    But what are the odds of success for a new creator?

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    That’s where TikTok changes everything
    New language, different algorithm, new content
    models, new genres
    “TikTok is a social network that has
    nothing to do with one’s social
    network.” – Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/30/how-tiktok-holds-our-attention

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  13. #brightonSEO
    TikTok inspires creator to take advantage of the
    micro-niche and aesthetic “cores”

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    “What this actually speaks to is a
    fascinating amalgamation of
    aesthetics that is blurring the lines
    of set style guidelines and
    expectations, which shouldn’t be
    taken too seriously.” – José
    Criales-Unzueta, I-D
    https://i-d.vice.com/en/article/y3vj8m/trendcore-tiktok

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  15. #brightonSEO
    Sometimes the
    niche becomes even
    more niche…
    “a genre of
    nothingness”
    https://www.thedigitalfairy.co.uk/digiverse/vlog-like-nobodys-watching

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    Some examples of “nothing”

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    “For me and many others I’ve talked to, “day in my
    life” videos are opportunities for voyeurism, sure, but
    they are also satisfying on a more basic human level:
    By watching other people be productive, we get to
    feel productive ourselves.” – Rebecca Jennings, Vox

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  18. #brightonSEO
    “Vlog Like No One
    is Watching”
    #digitaldiary

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  20. #brightonSEO
    #romanticizeyourlife

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  21. #brightonSEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wLk2MsArHE

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    The power of “relatable” content
    “It’s to say that coming across as relatable online
    takes far more work and self-awareness than
    perfecting a TikTok dance or filming high-budget
    YouTube pranks.” – Rebecca Jennings, Vox

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    But what makes TikTok a
    unique creator medium?

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    The comments

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    "What's unique is that you can create content off
    of it. You could never do that on YouTube or
    Instagram… I think TikTok amplified comments
    and commentary to almost an equal form of
    content on par with the actual original post.”
    – Taylor Lorenz
    https://www.thedigitalfairy.co.uk/digiverse/taylor-lorenz-chronically-online-
    interview

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    A micro-niche audience is arguably as valuable as
    a celebrity influencer’s audience.
    Communities of viewers and participants are
    what create optimism in an overwhelming world.
    The content of “nothingness” is the content of
    everything

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    Thank you!!
    You can email me at [email protected]
    LinkedIn: in/jamesncohen
    Website: jamesncohen.com
    Internet Literacies Project: digitalvoid.media

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