In 2019, the The New York Times announced that TikTok would soon be rewriting the world. What they were referring to was their belief that TikTok’s 15-second video platform could take social media junkies to places previously unimaginable. Two years later, the headline still tracks, but for a different reason — at least from our perspective.
You see, lately it seems that some TikTok users aren’t really presenting anything new at all, but rather, are recycling old material. Some of the TikTok hacks we’re seeing are hacks we’ve not only seen before, but actually used before. Sometimes, they’re even hacks we actually thought of ourselves. And people are having feelings about this, and by “feelings” we really mean “mixed feelings.”
“Basted eggs is not a new thing!!!” wrote TikTok user 31614346782259 in response to user 3136491744604’s 15-second fried egg hack. “Thought that was common knowledge,” said a second user, while another revealed, “Small amount of water. Been doing that for decades.” And so it appears that TikTok is, indeed, rewriting the world, but not necessarily in the way that may have been previously envisioned.