AMAZON TO COPY TIKTOK’S FEATURE THAT ALLOWS USERS TO SHOP FOR PRODUCTS FROM SOCIAL FEED OF VIDEOS AND PHOTOS

TikTok has influenced the tech industry more than people realize. From Instagram’s Reels to YouTube Shorts, several social media platforms have tried to emulate the short-form content that TikTok popularised. It seems that Amazon will now introduce a new feature that TikTok inspires. There is also the fact that TikTok also copies features and business ideas from other tech giants.

Amazon will launch a new social feed on its shopping platform that will feature content from various brands and influencers. Amazon users who watch that content will then be allowed to buy products showcased or featured on those posts.

The e-commerce giant announced the new Inspire feature on Thursday, per a report from The Wall Street Journal. The social feed is being rolled out to select US customers and will be available to all users in the coming months.

The continuous feed will include short-form videos and photos featuring items available directly on Amazon. According to the company, Inspire is customized to the user and designed to eliminate the “need to search elsewhere or comment on a post to get more details for products featured online.”

“In just a few taps, customers can discover new products or get inspiration on what to buy, all tailored to their interests, and then shop for those items on Amazon,” Oliver Messenger, director of Amazon Shopping, said in a statement.

Messenger also said that Inspire is just the start of Amazon’s venture into social shopping, noting the company plans to roll out “more shoppable features, in-app functionality, and content, building an even more immersive shopping experience for customers.”

Amazon is the latest company to experiment with social shopping feeds in the hopes of cashing in on the popularity of TikTok’s business model. In September, Google announced a slate of new features aimed at young users who rely on TikTok as their preferred search engine.

Amazon had previously ventured into social shopping with the Spark program, where users could tag products on their posts that are available on Amazon, and anyone browsing the feeds can instantly find and purchase them on the platform.

The idea behind Amazon’s Inspire came from TikTok and a long-lived trend on the platform. Users often share their reviews of products they try and tag them with the #Amazonfinds tag.

It should be noted that this isn’t the first time that Amazon will collaborate with influencers and content creators for their shopping app. Amazon’s shopping app currently features a lot of content from branches like tech, skincare, and fashion from influencers and content creators specialing in those fields. These pieces of content don’t directly link to products shown in them but are instead a recommendation of sorts.

The Inspire feature will only be available on the Amazon Shopping app and feature content directly from eligible brands and creators who are a part of Amazon’s influencer program, according to its site.

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