Nicely, TikTok has a Discord now – TechCrunch
Many brands use the Discord messaging app to create a sense of community among their fans. If the Wendy’s fast food chain can have a Discord with over 60,000 members, why not a viral platform like TikTok?
TikTok teased on Twitter that it was creating a Discord server, but then confirmed the news on its own app today. Now, on TikTok’s brand new Discord, you can chat with strangers about … whatever you want to talk to a number of TikTokers about. Perhaps the best way to make Emily Mariko’s viral salmon recipe?
“This server is just like your feed for you: it is made for you, some of its comments are sharp and your parents have no idea what it is,” wrote TikTok on the Discord welcome channel. Some of the rules in the Discord do not involve any NSFW content or any purchase of crypto. Before chatting, you must indicate that you have read the rules by selecting a check mark – this is a common practice in popular discords to prevent spam. There’s even an option to include your gender pronouns on your server profile.
At the time of writing, there are only 400 people on the Discord that TikTok told TechCrunch to be a “soft launch”. There are five moderators from TikTok who could be a problem if the server continues to grow. As one user said, “Let’s take advantage of it [to talk to each other] if not 300,000 people try to chat at the same time. “
To prevent spam (which is also against the rules), TikTok uses “slow mode”, a Discord function that only allows a message to be sent every 30 seconds. But users have quickly bypassed slow mode by creating threads that do not timeout between messages. Shortly thereafter, moderators removed the ability to create threads.
For now, the conversation channels on the TikTok Discord are fairly ordinary, expect some light trolling. There are chats where you introduce yourself, share your TikToks, TikTok support, server feedback, TikTok sounds and more. There’s even a “margin” suggesting TikTok’s growing interest in games – the platform is currently testing a desktop streaming software called TikTok Live Studio.