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TikTok begins rollings Stories into its 'For You' page

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What you need to know

  • TikTok is rolling Stories into the main "For You" page.
  • Stories might be in the process of being renamed.
  • Stories themselves are still not available to everyone.

The hugely popular video-sharing social network TikTok has made some changes to its Stories feature —a feature that still isn't available to everyone across its platform. The main change is one that puts Stories into the "For You" page of users with a new blue "Story" tag added to help differentiate them.

As first spotted by social media consultant Matt Navarra, TikTok's also changing the mode people use when creating new Stories, too. It's now called "Quick" which might suggest that the feature itself might get a name change.

While Stories aren't yet available to everyone, those that can use them get to experience something very similar to features offered by Instagram and other social networks. Stories are short videos that automatically disappear after 24 hours which makes them different from other videos shared on TikTok.

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There is no telling when we can expect TikTok to roll Stories out to everyone but it seems unlikely to happen until it has squared away simple things like the name of the feature itself. The change of the Stories creation tool to a new "Quick" name could point to more branding changes along the road, presumably before Stories are made available to all.

TikTok is one of the best iPhone apps for sharing and watching short videos despite inroads made by the likes of Instagram. It will be interesting to see how the arrival of Stories changes the TikTok landscape, however. What will TikTok creators do with videos now that they can disappear after a day?

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.