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Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Posted on May 2, 2023   Updated on May 3, 2023, 7:19 am CDT

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

Our top stories today are about: A fake video of a Boston Dynamics robot “fighting” that is going viral, a small business owner saying an Instagram glitch cost her $1,000 worth of sales, TikTokers reacting to a crowd of Taylor Swift fans on a subway, and how one person is getting a lot of attention for issuing a PSA to frequent restaurant visitors

After that, we’ve got a “Problematic on TikTok” column for you from our IRL Reporter Tricia

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Fake video of Boston Dynamics robot ‘fighting’ racks up millions of views

A video that purports to show one of Boston Dynamics’ robots practicing how to fight has racked up millions of views across social media. But the footage appears to be computer-generated.


💸 WTF 
‘This whole time I had no idea what was happening’: Small business owner says Instagram glitch cost her $1,000 worth of sales

In a clip with over 651,000 views, a shop owner claims she lost out on about $1,000 worth of sales due to a glitch in the platform.


TikTokers react to video of a crowd of Taylor Swift concert attendees getting on a subway in Atlanta

Taylor Swift fans are famously intense, and right now the Eras tour is unleashing them across America. Case in point: This viral TikTok depicting a crowd of Swifties descending on a subway train in Atlanta.


TikToker says servers have nicknames for all regular customers

A TikTok user and comedian recently shared a PSA to frequent restaurant visitors: If you’re a regular customer, you might be wearing a nickname you’re not aware you have.


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Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

🐠 People aren’t happy with the way Flounder looks in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid

🚗 Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s past remarks on the safety of self-driving technology shouldn’t be used in court given that they could be deepfakes, lawyers for the electric automaker have argued.

🍕 This Little Caesar’s employee is going viral for detailing how she has to Uber home after her shift. 

🎥 The Russo brothers’ $300-million Amazon spy show ‘Citadel’ is a disaster.

🧹 A TikToker who rented an Airbnb with a dozen friends says they were charged $4,000 in damages, including an $850 cleaning fee.

🥕 Instacart is a common subject of discussion on TikTok. Most recently a video is going viral of a shopper complaining about customers who add items to their order while he’s shopping. 

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It’s hard to beat the convenience of food delivery.

TikToker Yana Glo (@yummyyana) is a self-proclaimed delivery addict, who said that she was dropping around $1,000 per month on getting her meals delivered to her.

She decided that she needed to start meal-prepping and eating her own food from home, but wanted to make the act of doing so more convenient.

So she shared a video highlighting how she did just that and it involved a lot of disposable utensils and single-use food containers that allow her to plan her meals and then grab them and go.

meal prep containers in hands on counter (l) person filling jug with Panera Charged Lemonade (c) hands tearing plastic wrap off of food storage container on counter (r)
@yummyyana/TikTok (Fair Use) Remix by Caterina Cox

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*First Published: May 2, 2023, 10:30 am CDT