TikTok, formerly known as Musically has quickly become a new rage among the youth. The app is used by creators and well as normal users to get fans or share their creativity with the world. While most of the youth use this app to create and share videos with other users, adults use it to pass their time.
As of today, TikTok has 800+ million users. ByteDance, the company behind this app has achieved this incredible feat within 3 years.
TikTok is no doubt a great app to share videos but in case you don’t like it or you haven’t been able to get a good audience or 100s of followers, you should switch to one of the following apps:
Likee is an app developed by Bigo Technologies. Likee has 100+ million users which makes it an ideal platform for creators as well as wannabe celebrities.
Bigo Likee doesn’t require account registration if you want to simply watch videos. If you want to follow other users, like videos, comment on clips, etc, you must register an account. Likee asks you to enter your contact number. It also enables you to log in with your Facebook, Google or Instagram.
Likee resembles Tik Tok in every aspect. Its interface is tabbed. The tabs of this interface enable you to find nearby people, discover videos/live streams, see the list of profiles, etc. For those who are not aware, Bigo had launched a live video streaming app called Bigo Live a few years back. Thus, Likee is a great app for users who are looking for an alternative to Bigo live.
The app lets you save clips for offline watching. Its size is 43.8 megabytes. The permission it requires depends on the features you want to use. For example, if you want to use Likee’s Nearby feature, you will be prompted to enable GPS on your phone.
Vigo Video has the same number of users as Likee. Also, its features are no different from other applications we’ve covered here. Vigo Video doesn’t ask you to enter the phone number during the account registration. It lets you log in with Twitter, Instagram, Google, etc.
To change videos, you must swipe up or down and to see the user’s profile, you must swipe left. VV has a search option. When you search for a video, VV will store the search keyword. Vigo Video lets you delete the keywords it has saved.
Vigo Video has clips that may not be appropriate for users of certain age groups. It lets you support the creators by sending a Flash. I found the videos on VV more entertaining. Maybe, the app has a better recommendation algorithm.
The size of the Vigo Video app is 65.31 megabytes. In case your mobile has a low amount of free store memory, you should download Vigo Lite from the iTunes or Play Store.
If you’re looking for an app to create short videos, you should try out Dusbmash. The app asks you to register an account. To register, you’ll have to provide your phone number. Once Dubsmash verifies your number, you’ll be prompted to enter a unique user name, choose your age, location, follow some users, etc.
Once you complete the setup process, Dubsmash will open a tabbed interface. In the Trending tab, you’ll find the popular clips and in the following section, you’ll see the list of users you can follow or the people following you.
Dubsmash’s menubar is at the bottom. On the menubar, you’ll find options to create videos, send messages, see activity/notifications, open the profile interface, etc. Dubsmash is a small application. Its size is 12.2 megabytes.
Dubsmash should be used by users that are targeting the global audience. Vigo Video and Likee will give you local fans.
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Twitter & Facebook
People using Tik Tok, Dubsmash, Viga Videos, Likee download the videos they find interesting and share it with their followers on Twitter.
Twitter has 400+ million active users. Over 1+ million users are actively using Twitter at a given time. These users may share live streams, short videos, etc. The same thing applies to the world’s most popular social media app i.e. Facebook.
When people watch a video on FB, they’ll find relevant/related videos below the clip they’re watching. The clips are of short length. If you find a long video, you can ignore it and scroll down till you find a shorter one.
YouTube, the world’s largest video sharing/streaming site lets you filter videos by their length and upload time. Thus, you can find tons of cool or interesting short clips within a matter of seconds. YouTube comes pre-installed on most of the Android phones. You just have to use it. YouTube doesn’t let you record lip-syncing videos. You’ll have to use another app for this task.
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Conclusion: When you’re bored, tired, depressed and for some reason, you can’t use TikTok, try Viga Video, Likee, Dubsmash or use the powerful video filters of Twitter/YouTube/Facebook to find and watch short entertaining videos.