If you’ve been on the internet lately, there is no way that you have been able to escape the recent TikTok craze. TikTok is a music-centered app that allows users to create short videos of songs that they can dance to or engage in popular challenges. While the TikTok app is pretty big all over the world, the U.S. has concerns over its security, given that a Chinese company makes the app.
This has raised many red flags for US officials as spying concerns have made some officials propose legislation to ban US users from the app completely. Well. in true Facebook fashion, the company has released an alternative for TikTok, which is called Collab.
Collab is an experimental app being developed by Facebook to help users engage in music collaboration seamlessly. This new app will be released by Facebook’s NPE division, which is an acronym for new product experimentation.
Features of The Platform
Initially, the app will be available on a strictly invite-only basis for iOS users. At its core, Collab will allow users to create short-form videos that can then be broken into three simultaneous sections. Basically, you can act out a single song using separate costumes, instruments, or anything else then stitch all of the parts together in a single video.
You can also collaborate with your friends and combine all of your individual parts. All videos made using the app must be made public on your feed so that anyone can view it; this is one of the features that make it resemble TikTok. Other users will also be able to take your videos and make one of their own.
For example, if you like a particular drum solo in a song, you will be able to take that part and add your own virtual instruments to create an entirely new video. The app will also be able to auto-generate new posts based on existing ones without you having to make or add your own music into it.
What To Expect
You will have the ability to share all of your videos on other social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, just to name a few. Facebook has also announced that they are working on a feature that will allow you to save videos on the app without having to share them.
In a statement about the app, Facebook announced that they rushed production to give people a creative outlet while inside during the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement released by a company spokesperson said the following: “Facebook’s New Product Experimentation team is launching an invite-only beta of Collab, an iOS app that brings together creators and fans to create, watch, and mix and match original videos, starting with music. Digital spaces can connect us when we can’t be together in person, and Collab is a new way to create together”
You can sign up for the initial testy beta of the collab app by clicking on the following link.