I’m not much of a topic starter guy but here’s some thoughts…rant?..I’ve had after taking the time to think—
Without the wave Gen Z brought in, we probably wouldn’t have had some of the recent App updates for quite some time. That was awesome in itself. It’s pretty clear from the feedback that we were lacking some viewer-centric features that will bring/keep people on the app. It’s no secret that before the last couple days, the Byte app was flooded with more creators than viewers. This was a huge shift.
Ah, the comments…
I’ll admit, I was taken back at first. The comments viewed as “hate” were a lot to soak in. You have to remember, from our side (byte prior to the new users) the app was slow and every comment was “hahaha” or “this is awesome” before a couple of days ago. We definitely set ourselves up to be enraged by anything opposite of that, real hate or not. I’m not justifying it, I’m looking for reconciliation and to move forward. At this point, ignoring those comments has been a lot easier to do (I failed miserably at that, initially). If you’re still upset by them, it’s totally understandable. Flag and/or block instead of engaging.
I hope the majority of new users can stick around because this will be a lot of fun. Byte is a completely different culture than Tik Tok and we want everyone to feel accepted and heard. I look forward to seeing what the new users bring to the app, some fresh creativity and learning more about Gen Z humor/interests.