Every day we are exposed to viral posts on online social media and in our chats with friends. But we don’t always know who is responsible for the trends we like because the creators of those trends aren’t always credited.
You can play your part in ensuring creators are recognized for their work by crediting those who inspire you on TikTok. Keep reading to learn how to credit a creator on TikTok, why it matters, and what to do if you don’t know who to credit.
There’s a lot to go into creating a social media post. Between idea generation, planning, production and post-production, creating content is a lot of work. That’s why it’s important to thank creators for their posts that inspire you.
But there are even more important implications to consider. The creators of Black TikTok said their white counterparts don’t attribute them to the trends they started and the platform amplifying that content.
This is important because a video can go viral and land on TikTok’s coveted For You Page (FYP), which exposes it to thousands of people. And with cross-platform sharing, viral content can be viewed by millions of people online.
When this happens, creators responsible for trends can miss out on bragging rights, opportunities to grow their accounts, and even campaign and sponsorship opportunities.
Morally speaking, creators should be recognized and celebrated for their content, whether it goes viral or not. There are three ways to credit a creator on TikTok. Let’s see what they are.
How to credit a creator in your post caption
This is the easiest way to credit a creator. Follow the steps below to get started.
- Open the TikTok app on your phone and take a video or upload one by tapping the Registration Where To download button.
- Edit your video, then tap Next in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Type the creator’s nickname in the field Legendor touch @mention and look for their handle in the Look for bar. Consider adding variations such as the words “Inspired by”, “Thanks to”, and “Credit:” when tagging a creator.
- Faucet Job in the lower right corner to upload your video. The creator will know your tag and everyone who sees your video will know who inspired it.
Your audience can easily tap the author handle to access their account if they want to find and watch the original video.
The following methods involve TikTok adding the creator handle to the caption for you, rather than manually adding it yourself.
How to credit a creator by tagging their video
Follow the steps below to tag a creator’s video in your post with TikTok’s creator credit feature.
- Follow the steps in the previous section to upload your media.
- Once on the Job page, touch Videos. If this is your first time using this credit feature, TikTok will tell you more about it. Faucet Continue.
- TikTok will show you videos you’ve engaged with, videos you’ve posted, and videos that use the same sound you’ve added to yours. Tap the video you want to tag.
- Your chosen video will now be added as a mention in your caption.
This method works if you liked or favorited the original video, especially if you can’t remember the name of the original creator.
How to Credit a Creator Using TikTok’s Stitch Feature
Simply put, TikTok’s Stitch feature lets you embed another creator’s video into your own, thereby “stitching” your videos together. When you use TikTok Stitches, the app adds the author’s handle to your stitched video, thus crediting them automatically.
Check out our article on creating a video using TikTok’s Stitch feature to learn more.
What to do if you can’t find the source of a TikTok trend
Sometimes it’s hard to find the video that inspired you, especially if it’s a viral video. In such cases, you can mention in your video or caption that you don’t know who started the trend and invite your audience to help you find it.
In many cases, this method works because chances are someone has seen or stumbled upon the viral video you mentioned. When you find out who the original creator is, you can tag them in a comment under your video.
This keeps you in good standing with that creator, with other creators, and with the TikTok community as a whole. This is because your audience needs to be sure that the content you post is original, unless you tell them otherwise. This sense of community is one of the reasons TikTok is such a great app.
Help TikTok create a culture of credit
TikTok wants its creators to create a culture of credit by identifying trend setters in their posts. You can play your part by being intentional about crediting the creators who inspire you. This could go a long way in increasing exposure and opening doors for creators.