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Instagram was once the leader of the pack as the most popular social media app, but it has recently plummeted in status.
As it drops down the ranks, IG has released an additional camera mode called “Reels”. Unfortunately, users just see Reels as a rip-off of a function on TikTok which allows people to sync their videos with music and share them with friends.
If the two were to meet along the internet highway, TikTok might yell at Instagram, “OMG Insta, you are such a copycat!”
Picture this: a seasoned pickpocket slips his greedy fingers into the pocket of an unsuspecting victim, only for them to come out clutching pieces of lint. Out of the corner of his eye, he spots a young ruffian slipping away into the crowd with what can only be his mark’s cash.
TikTok, the young ruffian, thrives off ads that sell you a “six-pack pill”, or offer to help you “find the guy/girl of your dreams”. These ads have been snatched from Instagram, the seasoned pickpocket, who has a long-running history of click-baiting people into finding out “how a man in Wan Chai made millions with one click”.
Instagram is now in a sticky situation – all the good ads have snuck away to lure the Renegade-dancing teenagers of TikTok. So, if two of the biggest social media platforms ever break into a fight, it’s probably going to start with Instagram shouting, “Hey, that’s my money!”
TikTok sneers at Instagram, “Old man, shouldn’t you just retire? I’ll soon take over anyway! I’ve gained 500 million users in just three years, and the number continues to skyrocket!”
Instagram responds, “Kiddo, don’t let the numbers blind you. Your fame is just transitory.”Hearing that, TikTok snaps, “What? Do you have advanced video-music remix features and filters like mine? Come on, it’s 2020 not 2010!”
Instagram smirks, “You can’t satisfy your users like I do. People want INSTANT stardom. With the 500 million users you have, it’s almost impossible for newbies to build a following! Just you wait and see!”
If TikTok and Instagram ever had a fight, they would argue over who is more popular, and how TikTok stole many of Instagram’s fans.
Instagram would shout, “You stole my place as one of the most popular social media platforms. You aren’t even that good! You just have normal people dancing! You don’t have any photos at all, and that makes you boring!”
Then, TikTok would scream back in anger, “I just had my one year anniversary; give me some time to improve! I am popular for a reason, and now you’re even starting to copy some of my functions!”
Instagram: Well, well, well, here to steal more of my features?
TikTok: Um, didn’t you steal features from Facebook, too? At least I don’t torture my users with adverts!
Instagram: Excuse me? Don’t act like you don’t rip off your users, too, through your “in-app purchases”. Besides, what’s so fun about watching kids making random videos?
TikTok: You could ask any one of our 500 million users :) And our videos are NOT random, there’s a lot of undiscovered talent and we’ve given people a platform to show off their skills to the world!
TikTok: OK, Boomer.
[Instagram has left the chat]
Instagram: Yo, new kid, how’s it going?
TikTok: Great, Gramps. Everyone around the world is loving me.
Instagram: Remember I’ve been around for years and I am the best at keeping people away from work.
TikTok: Nah ... Since I came along, people even dance at the dinner table to upload videos. Students dream of me in their sleep!
Instagram: Perhaps, but I am still more popular among teens. Scrolling through others’ accounts is a favourite pastime for students.
TikTok: I equally engage everyone round the clock with my videos. But I badly need a break ...
Instagram: Me too! I’m tired of overworking!
Edited by Nicole Moraleda
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