TikTok Live allows users to broadcast to their followers and invite others to join them, but it also possible to request to join a Live broadcast.
One of the great things about TikTok Live is being able to broadcast together with other users. Not only do joint broadcasts offer more content possibilities than just solo broadcasts, but they also provide an opportunity for users to work together, harnessing the power of the TikTok community and increasing the reach of Live broadcasts.
TikTok Live was launched in 2019, giving users of the platform a new format to play with outside of pre-recorded videos. The longer form style lends itself to showcasing talents and engaging with viewers. It’s also a smart way to grow audiences and to raise money for good causes.
To go Live on TikTok, users must have over 1,000 followers and be 16 or older. If that’s the case, they can simply open the app, tap the create button, and then swipe to the Live option at the bottom. After choosing an image to represent the broadcast and entering a title for it, users can tap ‘Go Live’ to begin broadcasting. Once streaming, users can invite others to join them via the icon that looks like blue and red interlocked circles in the bottom left corner of the screen.
Joining Another User’s TikTok Live Broadcast
It’s also possible for users to ask if they can join a broadcast. Before doing so, it’s worth keeping in mind that it will not always be appropriate to join a broadcast — if a solo artist is performing, for example — and Live users may not accept a request from others to join their broadcast (particularly if they do not know them). For these reasons, if a user wants to be involved in a joint broadcast, it’s worth planning it beforehand if possible. Failing that, the chances of someone accepting a request from another user to join their Live broadcast is increased if they know the user or the requester is relevant for the broadcast.
Requesting to join someone’s Live broadcast is done while viewing the broadcast. In the comments section, there is a button that looks like two smiling faces. Tapping this will send the request to join the broadcast. If the request is accepted, the screen will split into two, with one half displaying a message to the requesting user to say so and that they will join the Live broadcast shortly. After a brief countdown, the user’s stream will appear on the screen and they’ll be broadcasting on TikTok Live with the host.
In short, this is something that just comes down to common sense. If a TikTok user invites someone to join their broadcast, or someone personally knows the user that’s hosting a Live video, then it’s probably OK to join them. However, if someone’s requesting to join a TikTok Live video hosted by a user they have no connection to, their request will almost certainly get rejected.
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