If you happen to reach for your phone to check TikTok, Opera may allow you to do so in your browser.
Opera announced that you can use it now ICT in his sidebar Web browserso you can log into your account and scroll through the For You feed while browsing the web.
The sidebar in the Opera web browser already allows you to use it whatsapp, Instagram and Cramp. For many, it has become a useful feature and is something that sets it apart from other browsers. You can download the update (opens in a new tab) for windows, Mac operating systemLinux and other operating systems instantly.
Integration with TikTok is something Opera users have been asking for for a long time, and when TechRadar visited the company in October, we got the impression that responding to reviews is a big part of their culture, so we’re not surprised that it’s been listened to and acted on.
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You can enable TikTok in Opera going to the sidebar by right-clicking on an area and adding it to the sidebar. Using it here is similar to using it on an iPhone or Android phone, but (although it’s also an easy way to waste half an hour of your life as I discovered when I first tried this feature).
Announcing the addition of TikTok support to the sidebar, Joanna Czajka, product director at Opera, explained that this is another example of how the company listens to user feedback.
“When building our browsers, we do not stop at tracking what is popular with our users, but we also try to find out how, when and where people interact with these popular social networking sites or platforms,” added Czajka. “The next step in our design process is figuring out how the browser can participate in this in a way that brings the most value to our users. People focus on what they want to do, not on what device.”
Over the past few months, I’ve noticed videos going viral on Twitter and Facebook, and I’m struck by the feeling that I’ve seen them before – and then I realize I saw them on TikTok first.
This has been one of the factors behind TikTok’s explosive growth – when users share videos on more established platforms, many people who watch these videos are encouraged to try the platform out for themselves.
Updating Opera will only help with that, as you’ll be able to follow TikTok and Twitter at the same time (assuming Twitter survives given its current tribulations). The sidebar, meanwhile, is Opera’s asset – it’s one of the features that makes it a constant presence on our list of best web browsers and makes me curious to see what the company’s plans are for it in the future.