WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Tailgates and other social events have been put on hold as nearly 40,000 Boilermakers are back on campus. A few Purdue University students are taking this time of social distancing to improve their social media.
According to Forbes, TikTok was the most downloaded non-game mobile app in January and February, with more than 800 million users.
A pair of roommates are hopping in on that trend.
Purdue sophomore and TikTok Creator Zach McCauley is using more down as a way to improve his ideas for TikTok.
"It kind of motivates me a lot to produce more and to put more content out there." McCauley told News 18.
Although McCauley created his TikTok page nearly a year ago, he's noticed an uptick on followers these past few weeks.
"The past week or two, I've gained like over 100,000 followers, which is insane.. My DMs are full." McCauley highlighted while talking to News 18.
His videos may be getting the attention of millions, but one comment in particular had him speechless.
McCauley explained how he felt when viral video creator Zach King commented on one of his videos. "My original caption on the video was "can we get @zachking to comment on this video?" Odds are he probably isn't even going to see this...probably not going to comment or anything."
McCauley was caught off guard.
"When he did comment on it, I was at the gym at the time and I literally stopped what I was doing and I like started shaking."
Zach King challenged him and his roommate to get one million followers. Once that goal is reached, King said he'll fly the duo out to collaborate on a video. McCauley told News 18 it would be a life-changing opportunity.
The goal isn't too far off. In the meantime, it's something his roommate and videographer Jared Boone has enjoyed helping with.
"It's really cool to me. Some of the younger kids talk about how the videos are cool and want to learn how to make them. That makes me happy." Boone told us.
Boone wants people to know anyone can get in on the fun. "If you have an idea and you have a passion for it, then find something that can record and record with it."
McCauley and Boone say having less social events on campus has provided more opportunities to come up with creative video ideas.