If you’ve spent any time on social media in the past week, be it TikTok or otherwise, you’ve almost certainly encountered a sudden burst of people buzzing about the Roman Empire or filming themselves commuting on public transit while quickly tilting their cameras around, citing the “Tube Girl effect” as their motivation. The two trends have even collided in content from creators such as Chris Olsen, who created a video with the so-called Tube Girl captioned “She is my Roman Empire.”
Though both of these trends originated on TikTok, they spilled over onto the internet more broadly in a matter of days. It’s part of a larger pattern of TikTok trends shaping internet culture as a whole and setting the topics of discussion across social media platforms for both users and brands.
Here are five of the biggest trends that have taken hold of TikTok and beyond in the past few weeks, from a new revelation about the Roman Empire to Taylor Swift's impact on the NFL. If you missed our most recent round of trends, you can catch up here.