TikTok will now let creators add mini apps to their videos


TikTok is announcing a new feature that will let users embed mini apps, called Jumps, into their videos. For example, if someone is making a cooking video, they could embed a link to the recipe app Whisk, which would allow viewers to pull up a recipe sheet inside of TikTok with the tap of a button. The feature is currently being tested, with only a select group of creators having the ability to embed a Jump into their videos, but TikTok says it will be rolling out the feature after more testing. When watching a video with a Jump, viewers will see a button near the bottom of the screen, which will then open the content on a new screen within TikTok. Creators making a video will be able to choose a Jump to add and will then be able to customize the content that viewers see after tapping on the Jump. During development and the beta period, TikTok worked with a select group of companies to develop Jumps, including Whisk, Wikipedia, and Tabelog. In its announcement, TikTok says companies including BuzzFeed and IRL will have Jumps coming soon.

Facebook’s Clubhouse competitor is all set to start rolling out

Facebook’s Clubhouse competitor, Live Audio Rooms, is making its way stateside. The company announced that some US-based public figures can start hosting rooms through the main Facebook iOS app. There’s no cap on the number of listeners allowed in – a major shot at Clubhouse, which imposes room size limitations. It’s also introducing other nifty features, like notifications when your friends or followers join a room, as well as live captions. There will be a “raise a hand” button to request to join the conversation, and reactions will be available to to interact throughout the chat. Twitter Spaces, Twitter’s live audio feature, includes captions, but Clubhouse still does not. Within groups, admins can control who’s allowed to create a room: moderators, group members, or other admins. Public group chats will be accessible both in and outside the group, but private group chats will be restricted to members. All these features come days after Spotify debuts its own live audio app, Greenroom; three months since Stage Channels came to Discord; roughly seven months after Twitter launched Spaces; and about 15 months after Clubhouse first launched.