The short-form video app from China is a replacement of Musical.ly, and comes after the Twitter shutdown of popular Vine two years ago, taking off worldwide and gaining in popularity in the U.S.

Vine was shut down in October of 2016 and ever since, fans of short-form internet videos have eagerly awaited its replacement. It seemed to finally arrive in the form of the wildly popular Musical.ly, app, which was only to be acquired and shut down by Chinese internet company ByteDance in 2017. The company offers a replacement, however, called TikTok.

The app is currently gaining in popularity and is spreading to multiple global markets, including the United States. The app allows users to upload short videos of themselves that can be filtered, sped up or slowed down, and can also add music to the clips. In the U.S., TikTok has been downloaded 80 million times and features celebrity fans like Jimmy Fallon and Tony Hawk.

It seems TikTok has been able to take advantage of the internet's love of short form videos—Apptopia thinks it even could be a groundbreaker. The intelligence firm that specializes in apps says, “TikTok could be the first long-term successful social app in the United States owned and operated by an Asian company.”

TikTok

Vine was shut down in October of 2016 and ever since, fans of short-form internet videos have eagerly awaited its replacement. It seemed to finally arrive in the form of the wildly popular Musical.ly, app, which was only to be acquired and shut down by Chinese internet company ByteDance in 2017. The company offers a replacement, however, called TikTok.

The app is currently gaining in popularity and is spreading to multiple global markets, including the United States. The app allows users to upload short videos of themselves that can be filtered, sped up or slowed down, and can also add music to the clips. In the U.S., TikTok has been downloaded 80 million times and features celebrity fans like Jimmy Fallon and Tony Hawk.