People.com Entertainment Music Hiss! Taylor Swift Teases Return with Yet Another Slithery Social Media Tease Three years after releasing her hit album 1989, the popstar appears to be back By Melody Chiu Melody Chiu Instagram Twitter Melody Chiu is a Senior Editor for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2009, editing, writing and reporting across all entertainment verticals. She oversees PEOPLE's music and events coverage and has written cover stories on Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Melissa McCarthy, Blake Shelton and Sandra Oh. The Los Angeles native graduated from the University of Southern California and has appeared on Extra!, The Talk, Access Hollywood and Good Morning America. People Editorial Guidelines and Eric Renner Brown Published on August 23, 2017 10:05 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Taylor Swift has returned — to social media, at least. Three days after going dark on social media, the popstar reopened her accounts Monday morning, though the purpose remains murky thus far. Swift shared a mysterious 10-second video on her social media accounts at 11 a.m. — her first post since her accounts were scrubbed on Friday. The distorted, silent clip appears to depict a snake tail (though some social media users also compared the image to a cat or dragon tail). Swift presented the footage without any caption. A second, longer clip — with another piece of the tail — went up at 11 a.m. Tuesday. In the latest post, which went up at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the serpent’s head was revealed. The strange clips come as speculation swirls that Swift is preparing to release her sixth studio album and first full-length record since 2014’s massive 1989. Last Friday, she caused a fan frenzy as she removed her profile pictures from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and deleted all her posts from Instagram and Twitter. Rumor has it the new song may debut Friday, along with a music video, followed by an MTV VMAs appearance on Sunday in Los Angeles. Swifties have been impatiently anticipating new solo music from the Grammy winner, who previously released a new album every two years. Rumors have percolated that Swift may share a new song at 2 p.m. ET on Monday. Some have suggested that this timing was designed to coincide with the solar eclipse. (However, as of 3:15 p.m. EST, Swift had yet to share anything more.) “Wildest Dreams” director Joseph Kahn retweeted the clip with a simple smiley face, then added, “In 30 minutes, as a show of power, Taylor Swift will blot out the sun.” RELATED VIDEO: Will Taylor Swift Be Releasing New Album? Aside from a high-profile trial in Denver against David Mueller, a former radio deejay host who was recently found guilty of assault and battery against Swift for groping her during a meet-and-greet photo session in 2013, the star has been largely under the radar. A source told PEOPLE in May Swift — who wrote Little Big Town’s “Better Man” last year and released her hit song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (with Zayn Malik) in January — was hard at work on her new music. “She is very excited about her new album,” said the source. “She can’t wait to share with her fans later this year.” Put your celeb and pop culture knowledge to the test and download PEOPLE and Zynga’s Crosswords with Friends! The star told Vogue in 2016 she was “going to live my life a little bit without the pressure on myself to create something” and focus on some short-term goals, like learning how to make a “good drink” and getting CPR-certified. Put your celeb and pop culture knowledge to the test and download PEOPLE and Zynga’s Crosswords with Friends!