Since its release in 2016, TikTok — a Chinese video-sharing social networking service — has progressively grown to become one of the most prominent social media apps in the world. In 2020, this app hit a record-setting 315 million installs. But as its popularity continues to grow, so are questions about it. One of the most common questions about TikTok is: What does FYP mean? This article explains everything about FYP including how it works on TikTok.
What Does FYP Mean?
FYP stands for the phrase “For You Page”, which is commonly used on the popular short video-sharing app, TikTok. The For You Page is the individual landing page for users where TikTok showcases curated videos that it thinks users will be interested in. So, if you want your videos to be showcased on this page, you should hashtag them with #FYP.
To get to FYP, you need to open your mobile version of TikTok and click the Navigate option. This option takes you to a page that displays videos from your followers. You will also see an option to go to the page with videos “For You”. This page offers videos that TikTok’s algorithm believes you as an individual user would love to watch. This is the FYP.
FYP became more popular in 2019 when TikTok became exploded in acceptance around the world. Since then, users of the app are working tirelessly to get their videos onto the page for more views. Also, you are allowed to comment on the videos you like with a #FYP hashtag to boost their chances of making it to the For You Page.
However, it is still not clear how TikTok’s algorithm curates videos for users’ FYP. But the company insists that videos that are universally posted on individual user’s FYP are handpicked by its employees. Therefore, any attempts to rig the system by spamming your content with as many forms of FYP as possible will be ineffective. But there is no way of knowing how true this is.
Nonetheless, the #FYP hashtag had more than two trillion views as of May 2020. This means that it is one of the most extensively used hashtags on the TikTok app.
How Does FYP Work on TikTok?
As indicated above, the “For You Page” is the main feed where the most trending videos are featured. It is important to note that each TikTok user has their FYP with videos that are recommended to them based on their FYP’s algorithm. So, the page acts as your homepage where you can browse all the trending videos on the app as soon as you open it.
FYP works almost the same as Instagram’s Explore Page Algorithm where videos are recommended to you based on your interactions on the platform. In other words, TikTok’s algorithm analyzes your watch time and behavior, like your engagement, on the application to determine the type of content you are interested in. So, it will use this information to suggest to you the most trending videos that are aligned with your interests.
The app’s algorithm will further refine its recommendations for you by recording and internalizing your interactions with the videos it has suggested to you.
According to TikTok, its recommendation algorithm for your FYP is based on several factors including your interactions, video information, and device and account setting. This means that the algorithm will analyze details such as captions, hashtags, and sounds to determine what content it should recommend for you.
Furthermore, it will look at the language preference and country settings on your device to know what might interest you. The app includes these factors as a way of ensuring that the algorithm’s performance is fully optimized. With its carefully curated data like your search history and watch list, TikTok can recommend a never-ending stream of videos that you might be interested in.
Why do people comment “FYP” under videos?
In the beginning, TikTok video creators included the hashtags #foryourpage and #FYP in their video descriptions. The idea was that the hashtags would let the TikTok algorithm that the videos needed to get to people’s “For You Page”. Soon, this trend exploded and became synonymous with trending videos. This gave rise to the FYP acronym.
Today, when someone comments on your TikTok video with the #FYP hashtag, it means they love the video and want it to go viral. You can simply say that they are giving your video a vote of confidence. Therefore, a #FYP comment goes beyond just liking the video. It means that the viewer wants other TikTok users to watch it.
Sometimes viewers will comment on your video with the #FYP hashtag if they think you forgot to include the hashtag in the description. So, they do it out of courtesy. On the whole, FYP is a friendly comment from a person who honestly likes your video.
How to Get Hashtags on FYP?
If you want your TikTok videos to get on FYP and go viral, there are several effective hacks you can try. One of these hacks is to get as many hashtags on your video as possible. These hashtags should be smart and calculated, and from credible users who have a reputation.
As mentioned earlier, the more comments with #FYP hashtags your video gets from people who have watched it, the higher the chances of it getting onto the FYP. But even as you hope to get as many friendly hashtags as possible from your viewers, you can also boost your video’s chances of getting onto FYP by including your own hashtags.
However, your hashtags have to be smart and calculated. They should also not appear to be spamming the video. There is a creative way of coming up with great hashtags that will help your video to go viral.
First, choose smart, descriptive hashtags that tell what the video is about. Such hashtags include broad descriptions, niche descriptions, location-based descriptions, and trending hashtags. Niche description hashtags are particularly important because they explain the purpose of the video. They also help to narrow down the topic of the video.
For instance, if your video is about home décor and perhaps you prefer the bohemian home décor, you should include specific hashtags such as #boho, #bohedecor, or #bohodecor. That way, the TikTok algorithm will suggest the video to viewers who have an interest in bohemian home décor and home décor in general.
Location-based hashtags are also very effective in making videos go viral because they are easily picked by the TitTok algorithm. For example, if you are talking about Miami as a tourist destination, you should include location-based hashtags such as #Miami or #MiamiBeaches to make sure TikTok serves the video to people who are genuinely interested in Miami and its beaches.
If you still have space in your video description for one more hashtag, don’t forget to include a trending hashtag. This ensures that the video is available to as many viewers as possible. However, make sure the trending hashtag you choose is relevant to the subject of your video. Otherwise, it might be considered spamming.
The number of hashtags you include in a single video description depends on the length of your description and the topic of your video. However, you should not include so many hashtags in one post because it might look clustered and shoddy. Also, remember that no amount of hashtags will make your videos go viral on TikTok if the content is not great. So, the first and most important step is to create good content that viewers will like.
How Long Does It Take for a Video to Get on the FYP?
As previously noted, the videos that get onto the FYP as suggestions from TitTok are based on the app’s algorithm. They are also determined by the kind of hashtags you include in your description, your location, and even the kind of music you choose. So, if you are having a hard time getting your videos onto FYP, you need to check what you are not doing right.
Sometimes you will find that your videos start with very low engagement and then all of a sudden explode with views, likes, and comments. The timing for this kind of explosion can range between a few hours and days or weeks after posting. This is what is commonly referred to as “slow burn”.
If you have been struggling to get your TitTok videos onto the For You Page (FYP), now you know what you need to do. You also understand what FYP means and how it works on TikTok. With this information, you should be able to make your videos go viral, whether you are new to the app or a veteran TikTok video creator.