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TikTok to launch Instagram rival with photo app



TikTok recently sent a notification to its users revealing its plans to unveil "TikTok Notes," a dedicated platform for sharing photographs.


The app is being touted as a potential competitor to Instagram, Meta’s blockbuster photo sharing app.


The notification outlines plans to automatically share both current and forthcoming public TikTok photo posts to TikTok Notes, with users having the option to opt out. A new photo.tiktok.com URL, which briefly surfaced online, appeared with a prompt for users to open posts in the TikTok Notes app.


A preview of the site suggests that users will have the ability to include captions alongside their photos, enhancing the interactive experience.


In a statement to TechCrunch, TikTok said it’s "exploring ways to empower our community to create and share their creativity with photos and text in a dedicated space for those formats" but didn’t say when it plans to release the app. 


News of a potential TikTok photo-sharing app surfaced last month after code within the app hinted at its development under the name TikTok Photos, as discovered by TheSpAndroid.


"As part of our continued commitment to innovating the TikTok experience, we’re exploring ways to empower our community to create and share their creativity with photos and text in a dedicated space for those formats," a TikTok spokesperson told TechCrunch.


Now, indications suggest that the app's official launch is imminent, positioning it as a formidable contender against Instagram.


TikTok Notes is expected to debut with existing user-shared photos, possibly eliminating the need for an initial user base recruitment as most users are likely to opt in.


TikTok is currently exploring various formats, including 30-minute videos and text posts similar to those found on X and Threads.

 

 Photo Courtesy: Unsplash

 

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