Vine's successor Byte has officially launched, and it's competing with TikTok to become the short video-sharing platform of choice. Like Vine, Byte lets creators upload 6-second looping videos, and you can "Rebyte" videos onto your personal profile, unlike TikTok. But TikToks are incredibly easy to share on other platforms, and you can link to individual TikToks and people's TikTok pages. There are no links on Byte yet, and it's difficult to share a video without having to download it or reupload it somewhere else, and you can't send links to people's profiles, either. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
It almost seems like a mistake that there are no links on Byte, because it's incredibly counter-intuitive to the new platform's mission: building an audience to rival TikTok. Vine co-creator Dom Hofmann launched a successor to the wildly popular short-video sharing app on Friday, and users are already flooding the new platform with 6-second looping videos – including some past Vine stars. On the surface, it seems like Byte could succeed. The unprecedented success of TikTok, which relied on a lot of the same features as Vine, paved the way for a Vine-esque revival. But after playing with Byte less than 24 hours after its launch, I discovered that the platform has a few missing pieces that could hamper its success against the $75 billion entity that is TikTok. The biggest and most confusing missing aspect on Byte is links. Individual videos don't have links associated with them, since everything functions in-app, and there also aren't links to people's profiles. A major flaw in the product design of Byte causes headaches for people trying to share its content
Cross-platform sharing is essential to an app's success. It encourages new users to download and use the app because they see content on other platforms, and people may send them links to content. As TikTok became more popular, TikToks started going viral on other platforms like Twitter and Instagram. But when you want to share a Byte, like YouTuber Julian Solomita's adorable Bytes with his and Jenna Marble's dog Kermit, you're given a share button that triggers an "exporting" page instead of a link. You get the familiar pop-up box, but the "Copy" function doesn't give you a link, it gives you a file that doesn't link back to the app. It's also impossible to embed Bytes, which reduces the number of places you can share them. You can tweet out a Byte and embed the tweet, but there's no way to get back to the person's profile. Also, profiles don't have links either. If someone like Solomita wants to tell his fans to follow him on Byte, he can't just link them to his profile. When Byte first launched, searching "Byte" on Twitter resulted in tons of screenshots of people's profiles that you would have to input manually to find on the app. And while it could be intentional, there are a few smaller issues with Byte that could be resolved to make for a better user experience. Currently, you can't see how many followers someone has – which has already resulted in people lying about follower counts in comment sections to try and get more. While it looks like it might be intentional, the category "wierd" is also spelled wrong on the app's category page. It could just be to be weird, but it's, well, weird. The end result is that Byte appears to have a lot of potential, but needs more product updates before it's something that could rival an app like TikTok. And if you want to watch Solomita's Byte with Kermit, you'll have to either download the app and search "julen," his username, manually, or watch the one I personally had to upload to Twitter.
pic.twitter.com/P7whC6Q0hK — Kat Tenbarge (@kattenbarge) January 25, 2020
The good news for Byte is that it has a very active community forum hosted by the platform, and Hofmann and the Byte team are seemingly using a lot of creator input to continuously develop new features, so these things may all be resolved quickly. Posters have already begun discussing the need for links and other product updates. "Please let us share bytes without sending the video itself! It's so much faster to share a link and the current system makes it hard to send bytes over services that may restrict sending files in some way like discord's 8mb file size limit, sending over text uses up cellular data or just having slow internet speeds," wrote one forum poster. "You should be able to press the share button and send a link to the byte and have it embed in whatever youre sending it in. This also opens up allowing the recipient to open it and view the creator to like and/or follow." Byte didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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