Something wild happened after I posted my seventh TikTok. My newly active account — set up to promote my Big Technology Podcast — had only a few hundred followers, but the video boomed across the network. It hit 10,000 views within hours, then 100,000 and settled above 400,000 the next day. Reaching that many people would’ve taken months with the podcast. On TikTok, it happened overnight.
In three weeks of experimentation on TikTok, YouTube Shorts and Instagram Reels, I’ve learned much about the way these platforms operate, far more than as an observer. The differences between them surprised me. Their power to distribute videos was something to behold. And the opportunity to capitalize on their needs seemed immense, if a bit risky.
This week, with input from some TikTok experts, I’ll share what I’ve learned: