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Poll: Do you use TikTok as a search engine?

Younger people are apparently using TikTok for more and more searches. Is this you? Are you younger people?

Published onSeptember 23, 2022

Tiktok stock photo on smartphone
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We’ve seen a few reports in the last few months about younger people using TikTok as their search engine of choice for some queries. More specifically, it seems like users are increasingly turning to the video platform for searches related to business queries (e.g. restaurants), tutorials, and more.

So with that in mind, we thought we’d ask you whether you used TikTok as a search engine. Let us know by taking the poll below, and leave a comment if you’d like to elaborate on your search habits.

Do you use TikTok as a search engine?

1137 votes

We can understand why TikTok might be increasingly popular for searches like restaurants, for example. Food is a fixture on visual-driven social media platforms, so it’s a given that you’ll find great places to eat in your area with the relevant search. TikTok’s short-video format also seems like a great fit for tutorials.

In saying so, there are some types of search queries that simply don’t work well on the platform. These mostly relate to content not available on TikTok, as The Verge notes.

Searches on platforms other than dedicated search engines isn’t a new phenomenon, though. We’ve previously seen YouTube become a mega-popular search engine for its videos. A recent Android Authority poll also showed that most surveyed readers append “Reddit” to their search results, suggesting that Google’s engine isn’t dishing out the desired results.

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