TikTok now has Instagram-style stories

TikTok adds a story tool to its profiles as other social networks such as Instagram or Snapchat do.

TikTok is adding TikTok Stories as a new option in addition to its existing storytelling tools like Videos, Duets, or Live, with no intention of replacing them.

The feature was discovered by social media consultant Matt Navarra, who is often among the first to find new features in social apps.

Stories, but with public comments

From the screenshots and videos of TikTok Stories in action, we see a product that appears to be, for the most part, something familiar to story users on other platforms.

Users can tap a camera button from the new navigation bar on the left side of the screen to create their first story, then use standard tools like those to add text or stickers, insert sounds, and even use effects on their content. Like other platforms, users can record videos or upload photos.

The TikTok version of Stories differs from others like Instagram because it allows users to comment on the creator’s content publicly. These comments are public as mutual friends can see each other’s words.

TikTok stories are also short-lived and disappear within 24 hours.

The function is being added gradually in different countries. If you don’t have it yet, you have to wait a few days.