TikTok to finally let users look back over previously watched videos

TikTok is testing a new feature that will let users find videos they have previously watched and want to watch again, but can’t find them among the millions shared.

The ‘Watch History’ feature appears to be just a beta test at the moment, not widely available for all users, and was spotted by Twitter user Hammod Oh.

According to reports, the link to see previously watched videos appears under the Content and Activity section of the settings page.

This is a long-requested feature, as users often complain of spending time hunting back through video after video on the For You Page, trying to find ‘the one’ they are interested in, but forgot to save the first time around.

The new Watch History page will include a week of previously watched videos, but, like watch history on YouTube, it can be turned off any time.

TikTok is testing a new feature that will let users find videos they have previously watched, wanted to watch again, but can't find them among the millions shared

TikTok is testing a new feature that will let users find videos they have previously watched, wanted to watch again, but can’t find them among the millions shared

According to reports, the link to see previously watched videos appears under the Content and Activity section of the settings page

According to reports, the link to see previously watched videos appears under the Content and Activity section of the settings page

This is a long-requested feature, as users often complain of spending time hunting back through video after video on the For You Page, trying to find 'the one' they are interested in, but forgot to save the first time around

This is a long-requested feature, as users often complain of spending time hunting back through video after video on the For You Page, trying to find ‘the one’ they are interested in, but forgot to save the first time around

There are no specific details on how Watch History will work, or what the page will look like, as it is only available to limited number of users.

Currently, there are a limited number of ways to keep track of videos you might want to see again, including liking a video – as these appear on your profile.

It is also possible to filter search results by videos you have already seen, but this doesn’t work for a blank search, so you need to know a word or tag used by the creator of the video you are trying to find.

TikTok told TechCrunch it couldn’t say more about the feature, adding ‘we’re always thinking about new ways to bring value to our community and enrich the TikTok experience.’

The 'Watch History' feature appears to be just a beta test at the moment, not widely available for all users, and was spotted by Twitter user Hammod Oh

The ‘Watch History’ feature appears to be just a beta test at the moment, not widely available for all users, and was spotted by Twitter user Hammod Oh

HOW TIK TOK HAS GROWN INTO THE MOST POPULAR ONLINE DESTINATION

TikTok is a Chinese social media app where users can live stream, create short videos and music videos and Gifs with a host of functions.

TikTok’s tagline is ‘Make every second count’.

It is known in China as Douyin where it was launched in 2016 and then made more widely available around the world in 2017.

Douyin is still the version of the app used in China, available to download separately to TikTok.

The app was merged with popular music video lip-syncing app Musical.ly, also with headquarters in China.

Most children use the app to film themselves lip-syncing to chart hits.

It offers users a raft if colorful modification and editing tools including overlaying music, sound, animated stickers, filters and augmented reality (AR) for creating short videos.

Until this is available, the only reliable way to find past videos is to go into settings, download all of your data and going into the video browsing history section.

TikTok has been rolling out a number of new features in the past few months, including ‘Stories’ and longer videos.

Stories was first rolled out as a test to some countries in August 2021, and finally made available worldwide earlier this month.

It borrows heavily from similar features used by Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram, allowing users to post short term content attached to a profile picture.

It lasts for about 24 hours before automatically deleting itself – accessible by clicking on the profile photo of a TikTok user.

Earlier this month, the Chinese-owned firm also announced the introduction of 10 minute videos – significantly longer than the previous 3 minute maximum.

This is further evidence of TikTok pushing in on the market long-dominated by YouTube, which itself recently launched TikTok-style Shorts.

The new 10-minute limit has received mixed reviews on Twitter, with many saying they’d refuse to watch a 10 minute video on the platform.

One user tweeted: ‘I’m blocking anyone that makes a 10 minute tiktok. I already can’t pay attention to the 3 minute ones.’

Another added: ‘Just make a youtube channel. why do we need 10 minute videos on tiktok.’

And one joked: ‘If someone sends me a 10 minute tiktok, that person is outta my life forever.’

SCIENTISTS WARN THERE ARE ALMOST 50 HARMFUL EFFECTS LINKED TO THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA SITES SUCH AS FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM

There are almost 50 harmful effects linked to the use of social media, a 2021 study reveals – and they’re not just mental health-related.

Academics at the University of Technology Sydney report a hefty 46 harmful effects linked to the use of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For the study, the team reviewed more than 50 research articles published between 2003 and 2018.

In 2003, social media was still in its infancy and Facebook wouldn’t be established for another year. One of the early social networks, MySpace, was founded in 2003.

Among the 46 harmful effects of social media were found to be privacy violation, deception, panic, conflict with others and an increased appetite for taking financial risk.

Overall, issues of social media range from physical and mental health problems to negative impacts on job and academic performance, as well as security and privacy issues, according to the academics.

Read the 46 harmful effects of social media here

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