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I remember Facebook’s start like it was yesterday…

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As soon as I turned 13, I wrote my mom a strongly worded letter asking if I could get a Facebook. As long as I didn’t put up a profile picture and she could approve all friend requests, I was allowed to make an account.

Sometimes in the night, I wake up in a cold sweat remembering all the stuff I did on Facebook. No…the stuff WE did. If you’d like to take a walk down cringe lane, allow me to take you back…

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Remember those photos where you would tag your friends as different characters?

"We all have the friends..." with a bunch of pictures of Disney characters labeled things like "the cuddly one" or "the innocent one"

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How were “the blonde” and “the ginger” full-on identities?


Although my worst nightmare was to be tagged in one of these:


I never replied. It was always someone I went to dance class with and barely knew.


I never replied. It was always someone I went to dance class with and barely knew.


Or, god forbid, a NOTE:

a note with 20 random facts about someone, asking for the people tagged to make their own

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These were like chain emails but worse.


Especially if it was a poem:

a note poem about being a "nice guy," AKA very entitled and bitter that he's not popular

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I truly wish I could go back in time to a moment when I had not read the above poem.


I guess it was kind of nice to be tagged in stuff like this:

a quote that says "In life, we never lose friends, we only learn who the true ones are"


Unless, of course, you were one of the nontrue friends.


Or this, even though it’s definitely cringey, looking back:

a quote saying "Someday when we're in Florida racing golf carts in bejeweled sweatsuits this will all seem hilarious"


Someone needs to go back in time to 2010 and tell them that bejeweled sweatsuits won’t be cool in the future.


Remember the people who would post “LMS” statuses?

a status that says, "Lms for a truth is. If I don't get to it o went to bed and will tell you at lunch tomorrow"


Did people actually follow through with these? I never liked them.


And how we used to end every status with “textit<3” or “cellme”?

a status saying &quot;is tiredd from soccer tournament...dinner...bored...any1 want 2 do something 2nite? cellme &amp;lt;3&quot;

Hannah Marder / Facebook

And start them with “is.”


Or just post a vague song lyric:

a status with the song lyric: &quot;Someday I&#x27;ll be living in a big old city, and all you&#x27;re ever gonna be is mean&quot;

Hannah Marder / Facebook

The original subtweet.


Or, even worse…post a picture of ourselves with a dramatic song lyric that did not apply to the photo:

a photo in the snow captioned with &quot;white lips, pale face, breathing in snowflakes&quot;


My friend used to get so annoyed when people would use “white lips, pale face, breathing in the snowflakes” as a caption on snow photos, since the lyrics are pretty clearly about cocaine and not snow.


Remember mirror selfies with the flash on?

a girl taking a mirror selfie with the flash obscuring her face

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Why did we never turn off the flash?


Or the classic duck face and peace sign?

a girl taking a selfie with a peace sign and duck face

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I don’t know about you guys, but I NEVER looked cute when I did this.


We got minion memes a bit later on:

a picture of a minion from Despicable Me with the words &quot;Wi-Fi went down for five minutes, so I had to talk to my family. They seem like nice people&quot;

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Why do minions always hate their family/wife?


But nothing compares with early Facebook memes:

&quot;Dear parents, Jasmine was in a relationship with a dirty homeless boy, Snow White lived alone with 7  men, Pinnochio was a liar, Robin Hood was a thief...You can&#x27;t blame us. We were taught to rebel since a young age&quot;

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Bonus points if it was the above quote but the minions version.


Or post pictures of words written in the sand?

&quot;Love&quot; written in the sand

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It was always “love” or “summer.” Or your name.


Or spell out words with our hands?

a hand spelling out the word &quot;Love&quot;

Hannah Marder / Facebook

Why were we obsessed with the word “love”?


Or make hearts with our hands?

two girls making a heart with their hands

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This was just a precursor to doing sorority symbols with your hands in college.


Remember how we always logged on to our Facebook accounts at the Apple Store?

a man posting a selfie as a girl&#x27;s status saying she forgot to log out of her facebook in the apple store


And sometimes forgot to log back out…


Why did we like SO MANY random pages??

a bunch of Facebook pages, including one for a Hangover quote, one about studying for midterms, one about having a weird song on your iPod, and one about sleeping in class

Hannah Marder / Facebook

And why were there entire pages just for one joke? Couldn’t that just be a status? What did belonging to that page do for us?


Nothing makes me cringe now like a Picnik-edited photo:

a blurry photo of two girls with drawn hearts that says &quot;I have a hand, and you have another, put them together and we have each other&quot;

Hannah Marder / Facebook

That’s me on the left. Peep the side bangs.


Except maybe photos from Photo Booth with filters so strong, you could barely see them:

Andy Warhol-style four-picture grid with two women posing in each picture with different colors for each

Margaret Marder / Facebook

~So artsy.~


Or the ones that distorted your face:

a girl with a filter stretching the top of her face strangely


Not the most flattering.


Did anyone else make endless FaceInHole pics, or was that just me??

a girl with her face replacing that of a woman in a black and white image in the snow

Hannah Marder / Facebook

I thought I looked so hot, and it wasn’t even me.


Among my fondest Facebook memories are when people I didn’t like got hacked, although the notifications with them selling shoes at discount prices were annoying:

a bunch of light up shoes


One time, a family friend got hacked and they changed her name to “Kelly Kicksluver,” and I still laugh about it.


Why did we think people wanted to see our feet?

a bunch of feet in a circle


^At least they’re not all Converse in that picture.


Or our faces staring down at them in a circle?

a bunch of friends in a circle with their arms around each other looking down at the camera

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Kind of creepy.


Or us lying on the grass with friends?

two girls lying in the grass with their heads next to each other laughing

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Who was taking these photos?


And did we really think that these pages asking to bring back the old versions of Facebook would work?

a facebook page called &quot;Bring Back Old Version of Facebook&quot;


Also, does anyone remember the Jake and Amir sketch on this?


I shudder to remember the time we all posted Disney characters as our profile pictures:

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

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I picked Belle, of course.


Remember getting into epic poke wars?

notifications of two people poking someone a lot

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Also, remember the word “epic”?


And all the memes about poke wars?

a meme with a picture of Kip with the words &quot;She poked me back in under 30 seconds, so I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious&quot;

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Also, this meme format.


And uploading 80,000 blurry pictures after going to a concert?

Taylor Swift far away at a concert

Hannah Marder / Facebook

^Yes, this is from a Taylor Swift concert. My first, actually.


I am saddened to see that the “most people will scroll past this” posts are still a staple among the older crowd on Facebook:

a status saying people go through hard times and that people should copy and paste this status to show solidarity


Who starts these??


I really don’t think anyone wanted to see the screenshots of the Skype sessions we were always posting:

two people video chatting, with one showing roses to the other

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^They were usually a lot blurrier than this, too.


Or of our high scores in Flappy Bird:

a screenshot of a Flappy Bird score screen with a score of 176

Hannah Marder / Facebook

^Okay, but this was a pretty good score.


And finally, chain statuses we would post so that Facebook “couldn’t use our pictures”:

a status saying you don&#x27;t give Facebook permission to use your info, and that others need to copy and paste this status to protect themselves


Oh, sweet summer children. We really thought Facebook wasn’t already using our photos/info.

Whew, what a time. What cringey things do you remember from early Facebook? Let me know in the comments below!

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