I’ve made a similar post about TT VS Byte a few weeks back, so I’m going to paste it here with a few tweaks:
I don’t agree with or like TikTok for the same reasons that a lot of others do, controversy with being a national security threat, datamining, and the general community of dancing and algorithm favoring trend-following rather than creativity. As much as I always step all over it, I do have to admit, it’s good at what it does, and it is, by every definition, thriving, even if it is Chinese spyware. It’s an unmonetizable platform. Most fame is pseudofame – and it is REALLY easy to automate for clout on there, there are little to no bot filters (See: apps like Autotokker). Its main attraction is the “Anyone can be famous” idea, which kids love, as long as they have a camera, music, and some sort of strobe light effect, even if that fame only lasts 10 minutes or so.
But Byte? We’re a humble little community, made up of people from all walks of life, coming together to build something that we all hope blossoms into something beautiful. We don’t want to build some sort of huge transformer that can someday invade Tik Tok and challenge them to a duel.
We want to raise Byte like a child, grow member by member, and be a part of something in its infancy stage. Each member of the community is like a parent, and the app is the child we’re trying to raise, and each little 6 second video is one step closer to its adulthood. Unlike Tik Tok, Twitter, Instagram, or anything, these forums exist and have been amazing for keeping contact between vocal users in what would otherwise be a community ghost town. I love it. You begin to see the same faces, familiar faces, around, the same people supporting each other.
People have already vocalized basically any input I already wanted to contribute. Byte is small. Vine was small. But unlike Vine, we’re something fresh and new, following the same format, but all trying our best to grow back the community from years ago we knew and loved. It’ll take time, definitely. But the overall GENIUS of Byte as an app and its business model, the cycle of Advertising Campaign Deals --> Make Money --> Money Goes to Creators --> Creators Make Content --> Consumers Consume Content --> Makes More Money for Byte --> Money Goes Back to Creators? This cycle isn’t only unique, it’s ingenius, a business model in line with the likenesses of early YouTube. There is SO much potential.
It will only die once WE want it to. And nobody wants that. Keep chugging along, check it from time to time, be active in the community! No project turns into a giant Bean Stalk over night. Water it, give it food, raise it, and watch as your creation blossoms into a fully-fledged cherry blossom tree with enough love. <3