Connect with us


TikTok star Jade Stone ‘keeping it real’ to over 140K followers through food videos and motivational …



Never miss a thing from Belfast and beyond – sign up for FREE newsletter direct to your inbox

“,”buttonText”:”Subscribe”,”contentId”:10181322,”newsletterImage”:””,”endpointUrl”:””,”profile”:”Belfast_Live”,”isPure360NewsLetter”:true,”pure360MailingListId”:”Belfast Live – Daily Newsletter”,”isDoubleOptIn”:false,”newsletterSiteName”:”BelfastLive”}” data-mod=”skinnySignup”>

Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.

As TikTok continues to grow in popularity in the sea of social media apps, talent from across Northern Ireland is shining through the For You Page.

free widgets for website

Whether it’s delicious food, life hacks, positive messages or raising awareness for mental health, TikTok offers something for everyone – and one East Belfast woman is doing it all.

Jade Stone first downloaded TikTok out of boredom, and something to keep her occupied after hearing of her little sister on the app.

But she says she had thought it was something “for kids to record themselves dancing about” – now her content is being viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.

Speaking to Belfast Live, Jade opened up about her battle with mental health, going through dark days and trying to stay positive in a way to help others.

She said: “I am currently unemployed as I stopped working at the start of the first lockdown due to my mental health but before this I worked in many jobs- I was never one for keeping a job as I always liked to try new things but never really found something I proper loved.

free widgets for website

Jade’s new art account has over 120K followers

“I worked for Vodafone, Sky TV and Broadband, I worked in JD sports, Dundonald International Icebowl, KFC and a few other places. You could definitely say I’ve had my fair share of jobs. Then during the first lockdown with having to come out of work; not able or in a fit state to leave my house, I didn’t want to face anyone or anything so I downloaded TikTok out of complete boredom and curiosity to see what it was all about and for something to keep me occupied.

“There wasn’t very many known “TikTokers” from Belfast and I didn’t think I was age appropriate for it to be honest. I signed up to it anyway and after signing up to and doing my first flick down the “For you page” my opinion on the app was instantly changed.

“There was all sorts of videos, all types of people, each doing their own thing and me being a typical Belfast girl; the nosiest of the bunch, I started reading through comments and was amazed at how much support people were giving each other and raving each other up in the comments.”

Love having your calendar chock full of social events?

free widgets for website

If you’ve grown tired of your usual haunts join our new brand new website Chill now.

It is packed full of the best places to visit, from top restaurants and cafes, to holiday home recommendations and breathtaking parks dotted all over the country.

You also can find insider tips on what to do, see and eat at popular staycation locations.

Jade says she also came across a lot of people on the app who would spread “good vibes and positive energy” and this content has lifted her spirits and made her feel better – from this she become attached to the app.

Her first video was one of Jade in her mum’s car pulling up to McDonald’s and asking for “a double please burger cheese”.

free widgets for website

Her food accounting is gaining more followers each day

She explained: “Basically I was just laughing at how much of an anxiety head I was when it came to ordering food or speaking to someone I didn’t know. I’m pretty sure the caption was “ordering food with anxiety bes like…” this video went viral. It was my first video and my first viral video and it was surprising as to how many people related to it and how many views, shares, comments and likes there was under it.

“This video was for a laugh and a joke but it just clicked in my head and I thought to myself “I could actually do something useful on this app”. Anxiety is a mental health problem, it’s real. Mental health is a serious topic, it’s something that everyone has and mental health problems is something that a lot of people will experience at least once in their lives.

“Personally I don’t think that awareness is raised enough about it or for it and not very many people are educated on it. It’s not something you’re ever taught in school, we were all taught about physical health. but never mental health.

“I think a lot of people in this day in age are just to quick to judge, thinking you can read a book by it’s cover but the truth is you can’t see what’s on the inside and I knew that If I could reach so many people with what I was call “a silly video”, I could reach and relate to people who are actually going through tough times.

free widgets for website

“Once you start using the app TikTok will start showing videos that they think is made ‘for you’ so with me making videos speaking up about mental health, sharing my story with people, opening up to all these strangers – hundreds of thousands of people – who I didn’t even know, putting my face out to millions of people whose “for you pages” my videos started to land on.

“I wouldn’t ever be a person who would speak to anyone about my mental health problems, I always kept things bottled up inside and this is no good to anybody. It’s like sticking mentos into a bottle of coke and putting the lid back on, eventually it’s gonna explode. I like to think of this as my head.

“With TikTok it was just so different, I just felt like I wasn’t talking to anyone in particular, but I knew by sharing the video someone could relate and know they weren’t alone in whatever they were or still are going through. At the start I wasn’t even doing it for me, I don’t know how my anxiety let me do it but I did..”

free widgets for website

The 21-year-old told Belfast Live that her most influential videos would be based around the topic of mental health – her “day in the life” videos.

“Being someone who suffers with mental health problems myself- basically I just had to get up and get on with my day, even if I didn’t want to face the world. I would start of by making my bed, going in and getting a glass of water, making breakfast and so on. Some days I didn’t eat, some days I did, but the important thing was that I was out of my bed and the bed was made.

“If you’ve never experienced mental health problems making a bed may seem like a normal and easy thing to do but for those who do suffer daily, it’s a task to even get out of it. These are things that I wouldn’t have done before making or watching TikTok.

“I love watching motivational videos on TikTok because these help me see things threw a different perspective. I also like to watch satisfying videos because these calm my anxiety. I like to watch videos of old people because I just love wee old people and hope to grow old and happy some day myself I just like a bit of everything to be honest.”

Through her massive follower base, Jade is now encouraging people to “do each thing one step at a time, no matter how small of a job it is”.

free widgets for website

She said she started to notice that these videos were helping her personally and that her mindset was beginning to shift, feeling more positive each day and that she had a purpose in life.

“Don’t get me wrong the days I didn’t post the “day in the life” videos, I more than likely lay in my room in darkness melted out and overthinking but that’s okay because I’d come back on the next day with another one, grateful that I get to live another day in the life and spread words of motivation and help someone out.”

Now a huge part of Jade’s TikTok presence is cookery videos, making “mad, random and crazy concoctions” for thousands to try at home.

free widgets for website

Hailing her granny Maggie’s cooking skills as an inspiration, Jade said she is happy to make others happy on the app which makes her feel safe and supported.

“I am supported by so many strangers who most I’ve never even met in person but these people are literally the most kindest, genuine, loving and caring people I’ve ever spoken to and we’re always there to show support and back me up on what I was preaching.

Jade wants to raise awareness through her TikTok after the death of her friend Abbie

“TikTok was really the only thing they kept me on my feet, made me want to get out of bed everyday, made me want to have fun, be more positive, be more productive, spread good vibes and try to be a better person. I can truly say that TikTok has helped shape my life and helped carry me out of a very dark stage of my life.

“It has made me a much more confident, caring and crazier person and has made me see life in so many new ways and through so many different perspectives. It’s shown me that there are so many good people out there and has opened so many new doors for me. It actually helped me understand myself more and get to know myself better as a person. It’s mad how much an app can change your life. It really is.

free widgets for website

“It’s crazy how much my following base grew- I was on TikTok I’d say about four months and had about 70K followers. My TikTok account grew to 123,000 followers. That is such an incredible feeling to know that that many people was behind you, supporting you, cheering you on, showing love, showing support and just liking me for who I am and not someone I was trying to be.

“I was put off making TikTok videos for a while and let other distractions and obstacles get in my way but after taking part in this article and after loosing my good friend Abbie Algie to a mental health battle, it’s made me want to come back and do what I love to do and help those who need it. I know that’s what she’s screaming at me to do. Help others and make people smile.”

And staying to her positive style, Jade is urging young people who may be too shy or nervous to embark on a TikTok journey, to “just go for it”.

She added: “Be yourself, have fun, have a laugh with your friends and above all be kind. I just want to say a massive, massive thank you to everyone who had supported me on my old account. I wouldn’t be where I am today-mentally-if it wasn’t for the love and support you showed.”

To get the latest breaking news to your inbox, sign up to our free newsletter.

free widgets for website

Read More

See also  First Nations Development Institute gets $36000 donation from Hank Green, TikTok
Continue Reading
Advertisement free widgets for website
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


TikTok Expands Creator Tipping and Video Gifts, Providing More Monetization and Marketing Options





TikTok continues to expand its creator monetization tools with the addition of video tipping and virtual gifts for regular uploads, in addition to live-streams in the app.

To be clear, live tipping and digital gifts have been available for selected live-stream creators via its Creator Next program since last year. This new expansion brings the same functionality to regular TikTok videos, which will add another way for users to generate direct income from their TikTok videos.

TikTok Creator Next

As you can see in these screenshots, shared by social media expert Matt Navarra (via Dan Schenker), to be eligible for the new Creator Next program, users will need to have at least 1,000 followers, and will need to have generated more than 1,000 video views in the previous 30 days.

Though TikTok does note that these requirements vary by region – TechCrunch has reported that creators need to have at least 100k followers to qualify in some cases.

As explained by TikTok:

free widgets for website

The new Tips feature allows people to directly show gratitude to creators for their content, much like recognizing exceptional service or giving a standing ovation. As is standard for tipping in person, with Tips creators will receive 100% of the tip value.”

Tip payments will be processed by Stripe, with creators required to sign up to manage their earnings in the app.

“With Video Gifts, also available today, creators can now collect Diamonds not only by going LIVE but also by posting videos. This also gives people an all-new way to interact and engage with content they love.”

TikTok live gifts

That will provide expanded capacity to generate real money from posting, without having to go live, which will open new doors to many TikTok creators.

See also  TikTok star Avani Gregg on Gen Z's top beauty trends

In addition to this, TikTok’s also lowering the threshold for those who can list their profiles in its Creator Marketplace brand collaboration platform, which enables businesses to find TikTok influencers to partner with on in-app campaigns.

free widgets for website

TikTok Creator marketplace

Up till now, creators have required 100k followers to qualify for these listings, but now, TikTok is reducing that number to 10k, which will further expand available opportunities for both users and brands.

That could make it much easier to find relevant creators to partner with, in a lot more niches, which will add more considerations into your TikTok posting and engagement process.

As noted, these are the latest in TikTok’s broader efforts to provide comparable monetization opportunities, in order to keep its top stars posting to the platform, as opposed to drifting off to YouTube or Instagram instead, which have more established monetization systems.

The advantage that other apps have in this respect is that longer videos can include pre-roll and mid-roll ads, facilitating direct monetization, which TikTok can’t utilize given the shorter nature of its clips. As such, it needs to look to alternate funding methods, which will also include eCommerce listings, with direct product displays now the primary source of income for the Chinese version of the app.

The platform’s continued growth facilitates even more opportunities in this respect, with more brands looking to tap into the various opportunities of the platform, and partner with creators to maximize their presence.

free widgets for website

How popular, and valuable, direct tipping and gifting can be is more variable, as some dedicated fan bases will pay, while others will see no reason to donate for what they can already access for free.

See also  TikTok's goblin-inspired fashion trend gains mainstream attention

But even so, it adds more opportunity, and the lower thresholds for monetization will see many more opportunities across the board in the app.

Continue Reading


Shorter Videos Are In Demand. Here’s How Different Social Media Platforms Are Reacting.





Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

With TikTok and Instagram Reels slowly conquering social media marketing, there’s no mistake: Short videos are in demand.

The average length for most, if not all, business videos is only six minutes long. And that number is set to decrease as consumers look for shorter videos.

With that in mind, why are short videos in demand? What platforms are implementing short-form videos the best? And most importantly, how can they benefit your business?

TikTok – Changing consumerism, one video at a time

Where shorter videos are concerned, TikTok has always led the industry. What started as a merger with quickly became one of the world’s most powerful social media platforms. And what made it so famous? The same concept that made Vine viral short videos.

free widgets for website

TikTok has over 1 billion active users, twice as many as Snapchat and Pinterest. For reference, Twitter only has 397 million users. With such a massive user-base, the only thing keeping the platform alive are the 15-second-long videos.

But why are short videos so popular? Simple – people don’t have time on their hands. When they open apps like TikTok and Instagram, they’re more likely to spend time watching shorter videos.  And businesses are already catching up.

The impact of Instagram Reels

With the invention of Stories by Snapchat, other platforms like Instagram caught up on short videos. Instagram Reels presents adults and young users with a more straightforward way to tell others about their day. It employs quick photos and videos that are only available for 24 hours instead of being permanently posted. Now engagement is encouraged, especially after Instagram included the “Swipe” option. This has allowed e-commerce sites to both advertise their products and make instant messaging easier.

See also  TikTok user claims photo shows Brian Laundrie look-alike at hotel in Canada - FOX 35 Orlando

Youtube has joined the bandwagon

While YouTube is more or less a platform for long-form videos, its recent update offers shorter vertical videos. Known as YouTube Shorts, the feature allows creators to engage with their audience in under 60 seconds.

But YouTube has another trick up its sleeve, and this one is mainly towards advertisers. It is “YouTube TrueView” and is the primary advertising technology for YouTube. Through this, advertisers can promote long or short videos, with some being skippable after five seconds.

free widgets for website

However, since most people are unlikely to click on longer ads, YouTube now offers 6-second non-skippable ads. The clickthrough rate for shorter 15 and 30-second ads is around 70%, a whopping number for any business.

It’s time to say goodbye to IGTV

With Instagram’s IGTV coming off as less captivating than its Reels and video posts, it has decided to remove IGTV. Instead, it has a separate section for videos. These videos will appear on a person’s profile and can be viewed from the Instagram app.

The change they made here is that videos posted to the Instagram feed can be up to 60 minutes long. The exact reason for doing this is not confirmed. But it seems like Instagram wants a seamless platform where short and long videos co-exist.

This makes long videos more accessible to users using the Instagram app. And it helps promote video tutorials that people typically do not consume on social media apps.

Another significant change is that Instagram videos that are longer can be monetized, a feature not available on Reels. This significantly shifts the focus towards creators who don’t sell a service and want to gain cash through Instagram.

free widgets for website

Does this mean long-form videos are out of the picture?

With short-form videos becoming more popular among consumers, will long-form videos die out? While it’s highly recommended for any business to create videos as short as possible, the answer isn’t that black and white.

See also  TikTok star Avani Gregg on Gen Z's top beauty trends

While short-form videos will drive traffic from new users, long-form videos are better for brand loyalty. Shorter videos will get more engagement and show up on new users’ feeds. But longer videos will be the backbone of your business.

Of course, that depends on what service you’re offering. Ecommerce companies will want to direct their attention towards short-form videos and ads. However, long-form videos are better suited for when you want to go in-depth about product details. That is, of course, only after you’ve grabbed the user’s attention with a short-form video.

Companies that offer webinars will benefit from longer videos. And so will companies that post interviews. However, promos and how-to videos should remain under a minute or two, depending on how long the tutorial needs to be.

Essentially, ask yourself two questions:

free widgets for website
  • First, can the video content be summarized in a short-form video?
  • Do you want to merely catch the attention of the consumer or develop brand loyalty?

The correct formula is neither short nor long, but a mix of both.

What this all means for an entrepreneur

Short-form videos hold substantial market value, especially for new businesses. Take the example of the Dollar Shave Club. What started as a viral video on YouTube grew to become a behemoth of a brand.

And that’s not where the examples end. There are countless success stories like this one that prove the value of short videos.

Short videos have a higher clickthrough rate, and for entrepreneurs, that’s all you need. Short videos are of particular interest to people with ecommerce businesses. For example, 84% of people say they are more compelled to buy a product by watching a video. And the statistics keep on showing a friendlier short-video market.

See also  TikTok videos by personal support worker 'dehumanizing,' 'ageist,' advocate says

There is no doubt that short-form videos are gradually creeping up the graph. And while long-form videos are great for information and brand loyalty, shorter videos are better for PR.

This begs one last question: Are videos beneficial for you? The answer is – yes!

free widgets for website
Continue Reading


How to Make a TikTok Video: Beginners Start Here




Let’s face it, TikTok is the moment.

And with 1 billion monthly active users, it’s time to join the action and get your brand out there to a wider audience!

Want to learn how to make a TikTok Video but don’t know where to start? Don’t sweat it! We broke down all the steps and tools you’ll need to make a viral-worthy first video and make sure your debut is anything but cringe.

Download the full Social Trends report to get an in-depth analysis of the data you need to prioritize and plan your social strategy in 2022.

How to create a TikTok account

First things first, you’ll need to create a TikTok account.

free widgets for website

There are different ways to sign up for one: you can use your phone number, email address or social media account. Here’s how to do it using your phone number.

1. Download TikTok from Google Play or the App Store.

2. Open the TikTok App on your iPhone or Android.

3. Click the “Me” or “Profile” icon at the bottom-right of your screen.

profile icon on TikTok

4. Choose a method to sign up (we’re choosing “use phone or email”)

free widgets for website

sign up for TikTok using phone or email

5. Enter your birth date and phone number (make sure this is accurate because it’s how you’ll retrieve passwords and confirm your account).

enter birthday when signing up on TikTok

6. Enter the 6-digit code sent to that phone number (see, told ya!)

7. You did it! Celebrate by scrolling TikTok for too many hours.

How to make a TikTok video

Here’s how to get started on your very first TikTok video. Luckily for you, it’s way easier than learning this TikTok Shuffle dance.

1. Hit the + sign at the bottom of your screen.

free widgets for website

2. You can upload photos and videos from your phone’s library or make a video directly using the TikTok camera.

See also  TikTok: Who is Aya Tanjali? Age, location and Instagram of the viral star revealed!

3. If recording directly, hit the Record button at the bottom of the screen. Hit it again when you’re done recording. The default video mode is “Quick” which is for 15 second videos but you can switch it to “Camera” for more editing options and longer videos (15s, 60s and 3 mins), or “Templates” to create a specific style of video.

record button on the bottom of TikTok screen

4. Tap the check mark when you’re done shooting all your footage.

tap checkmark after shooting footage

5. Make any edits or changes on the post page. All your edits are on the right sidebar of the screen. Also, add music or sounds by hitting “Add sound” at the top of the screen.

add sound on TikTok

6. Post that video and share it everywhere! Make sure to include a description with some hashtags so it finds its way to your audience.

free widgets for website

post video on TikTok with description

How to make a TikTok with multiple videos

Instead of taking one long video, why not capture shorter videos and edit them together to make your TikTok video? Here’s how to do that (and you don’t need a film degree).

1. Hit that “+” sign to start your video

2. You can either shoot multiple videos directly by hitting that record button after each clip, building up your video with different shots. Or, you can hit the “Upload” button next to the record button and add multiple videos and photos you have stored on your phone.

3. Select all your media and tap Next.

4. You can now sync sound across your videos and make adjustments (or try “Auto sync” which will do the syncing up for you.)

free widgets for website

sync sound on TikTok

automatically sync clips

5. Hit Next when done. You’ll be brought to a preview screen where you can further add sounds, more effects, text, and stickers.

See also  Man films himself licking bluebottle jellyfish for TikTok

hit next and add suggested sounds

6. Tap Next when you’re done editing your video and proceed to the Post screen.

7. Remember to throw in a description and some hashtags and bingo-bango-bongo you’re the Steven Spielberg of TikTok!

5 things to know before creating your first TikTok

TikTok style is less polished than other types of video

Don’t worry about being too precious with your videos. On TikTok, videos are meant to be candid, and natural—and they should show off your personality. Things like perfect edits, smooth transitions or flawless lighting shouldn’t get in the way of your idea and your own charisma.

Sure, there are lots of editing options, effects and filters to choose from (what the heck is the difference between B3 and G4 filters anyways?) but the real star is you —or, at least all 6 of these friends belting out Lady Gaga for the #caughtinabadromance challenge at this bachelorette. If that’s not candid, I don’t know what is.

free widgets for website

That finger stole the show! 😂😂😂 #bachelorettetrip #gatlinburg #caughtinabadromamce

♬ original sound – Arielle Hartford

You don’t have to dance

Good news! You don’t have to spend 2 hours trying to perfect the LaLisa dance tutorial to make sure your video stands out (unless you want to, then no judgment over here!).

There are so many different ways to engage your followers that don’t involve you popping and locking in your living room in front of a ring light (but again, no judgement if you do, except maybe from your pet and their adorable judging eyes).

You also don’t have to attempt whatever this is.

free widgets for website

♬ Grab Da Wall & Rock Da Boat – 504 Boyz & Weebie

Hashtags can help more people see your post

It’s no secret a good hashtag can go a long way on TikTok. Strategic use of hashtags will help people find your videos who don’t already follow you, and maybe even see it on their For You Page (FYP).

Find the best hashtags to grow your views and help get your content recognized by the algorithm. You worked so hard on it, might as well show it off to as many people as possible.

The right song can go a long way

Attaching a trending song to your video or audio from a popular TikTok video can help it get seen by more people. This app has a big music following (lots of new songs are intentionally promoted through the app to help them climb the music charts) so lassoing your video to one of these shooting stars is only going to help you get on more FYP and in front of new audiences.


♬ original sound – Suzy Jones

free widgets for website

Your greatest asset is you

Don’t overthink it, just come up with a simple idea and let your personality shine through. The sense of intimacy and community that TikTok brings is why people love this app—it feels personal.

Even if you’re doing a TikTok challenge or trend that’s popular, the thing that will make you stand out is your unique take on it. It’s not about gimmicks but about putting your best self out there. Nothing should feel too staged or self-aware (that’s cringe territory). Pretend your audience are your good friends and approach it with that energy!

@janikon_No, I can’t re-record this, I’m laughing too hard #fyp♬ original sound – Stu (he/him)

Continue Reading