In a significant move, TikTok is gearing up to challenge YouTube, Google’s renowned video platform. Renowned for revolutionizing mobile video consumption with its short-form content, the Chinese giant is now eyeing YouTube’s territory of longer video formats. TechCrunch confirmed that TikTok is currently testing the capability for users to upload videos of up to 15 minutes in length. While the new upload limit is currently under trial in select regions with a limited user group, specific details remain undisclosed. This upgrade extends the video upload limit on the app from 10 to 15 minutes.
The first sighting of this change was noted by social media consultant Matt Navarra, who shared a screenshot of a notification sent to users with access to this new feature. According to the screenshot, users can now share longer videos directly from both the TikTok app and desktop.
Converging into YouTube’s Territory
While YouTube and TikTok have distinct origins – YouTube was conceived for web browser use, while TikTok was tailored for mobile – their boundaries have increasingly overlapped over time.
TikTok burst onto the social media scene in 2016 with its short video format. While initially recognized for its dominance in short-form content, the platform has gradually embraced long-form videos. Earlier this year, TikTok extended its maximum video length to 10 minutes, a significant increase from the previous three-minute cap introduced in 2022, which itself followed an initial expansion from 15 seconds.
This new 15-minute cap places TikTok in direct competition with YouTube, signaling its intent to lure creators known for producing long-form content on the latter platform. Notably, as TikTok has ventured into longer videos, YouTube has countered with YouTube Shorts, initially launched in India, encouraging shorter video formats. TikTok has also encroached further into YouTube’s domain by testing a horizontal full-screen mode in select regions.
The expanded video length aims to provide creators with greater flexibility for sharing a diverse range of content, from cooking tutorials and beauty tips to educational material and comedy sketches. Currently, creators often direct viewers to a “Part 2” video when content exceeds 10 minutes. With this enhanced time limit, creators may no longer feel compelled to create an entire series for sharing their content.
Source: Times of India