Hey guys, time for another controversial thread.
This thread was inspired by this tweet:
Where we have some people that are straight hating on that last one (use sounds from other videos)
Let’s address this first. I get wanting to be “creativity first” and for the premise of our app to be around creative people, but I think you realise quickly that people can be creative anywhere. Even on TikTok gasp. Even whilst copying other peoples’ sounds. There’s some real f’ing elitist views and perceptions in this community (and among my friends), but what I’ve learnt and really tried to improve on (especially from a brief interaction between Dom and myself on Twitter) is that I’d better be speaking out if I think there’s improvements to be made.
Just 'cause we put more effort into what we produce or are more creative about it doesn’t mean it’s worth more or less than videos that recycle sounds. This claydohboon TikTok touches on a similar concept. Just 'cause you only use TikTok dance moves doesn’t make you any less of a dancer. Don’t you literally learn someone’s choreography during traditional classes? Why gate keep? Is their content inferior to yours? We all out here just trying to have fun.
So yeah, there’s a hard to swallow pill. That at the end of the day, we’re just looking to entertain people, and we should be encouraging all type of content creation (except straight stolen content but that’s kinda different). I personally like video communities. It promotes inclusiveness. Everyone has a place here. Just like the #altbyte gang. Just like the animators, the artists, the comedians (traditional, skits), and furries . Unless anyone breaks ToS, everyone is welcome here (that’s what Byte’s branding is telling me, and I love that message. I strongly believe in this over creativity first - especially because of there’s something tangible. Byte is pretty much the reddit of short video apps).
Until recently, Byte was in a bubble. A bubble of ultra loving and highly supportive people who had similar views. We just got flooded by probably 50k - 100k Alt TikTok Gen Zers, who have a completely different culture. Now, I’m not commenting on their behaviour nor their culture. But perhaps treat this as if you go to another country and things are weird. Go to Japan, and you’ve got women-only train carts because apparently the Japanese men can’t keep their hands to themselves. Some underdeveloped countries like Africa where repeated rape is normal. Arranged marriages in India.
What I’m saying is that you need to try not take this to heart. Understand that this is how these people have been living for the last however many years. Know that to you, these things may not be right, but to them, it is everything (do you know how hard it is to convince my parents that I’m trying to get paid to make shitty videos?). This is what they’ve built for themselves. You can hold the belief that their actions and behaviour are wrong. Of course you can. But you also need to have understanding that these people perhaps have a different sense of humour, and that it is different from yours. You can also not accept it. But at the very least, try not to take it personally. I say this for you to protect yourself. Not for you to accept their culture. Their culture doesn’t need your acceptance, just like how yours doesn’t need theirs. But maybe try learn about it? Just like how they’ve learnt to trash on avo toast, my coffee sweater, buzzfeed surveys, and the fact I’m Huffleclaw (I do none of these things btw yikes don’t flame me alt Gen Z plz). Yo your bytes are so funny without the ny not.
More people are going to come. The “straight” TikTokers. The “corporations”. The “traditional media famous people”. The “Trump supporters”. What about the South East Asians? And all of these entities are going to bring different cultures, beliefs, and most importantly (apparently), humour. It’s going to take time for us to adjust. It’s going to take time for them to adjust too. But that’s part of the growth of this platform. We will stabilise. Then we will destabilise again. And again and again. . The platform that the Byte team has given us. Where it’s what the people make it. Just like a country. Except this country is international (and recently opened our borders to India)
I know some of ya’ll are mad that the Byte team are listening to what the #altbyters are saying for features. Last note is don’t forget Byte is a business. And they have to do things to survive.
TL;DR we’re not getting Vine 2, we’re getting Byte, and it’s the hottest new short video communities app on the market >:(