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Backstalking Is The Best Thing About Facebook

It is the absolute simplest way to find the most embarrassing photos that your friends have ever posted to Facebook. Use carefully.

You’ve stalked an ex or an old friend from school on Facebook, and you’ve probably dug up some embarrassing photos.

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But if you want to find someone’s most cringeworthy Facebook photos, you can’t just stalk. You need to backstalk.

Backstalking is when you stalk someone backwards through their Facebook photos. It’s scientifically proven to show you the oldest, most mind-blowing photos anyone’s ever been tagged in.

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Here’s how to backstalk:


A: Go to anyone’s profile page.
B: Click Photos.
C: Click on their most recent photo.
D: Click the left arrow.
E: Enjoy.

Here are 37 things we found when backstalking our BuzzFeed colleagues:


And here’s what they look like now, for comparison’s sake.

1. Hoodies.

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2. Hairstyles.

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3. Sunburn.

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4. Duck face.

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5. Glow sticks.

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6. Top bants.

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7. Eyes that aren’t quite open.

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8. Skips.

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Or what Americans would call dumpsters.

9. THE GLARE OF DEATH.

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10. A very little duck attached to a finger / camera.

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11. Prom night memories.

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12. Shane Ward!

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13. A lot of feelings.

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14. The tongue that Miley stole.

Mel Coleman / BuzzFeed

 

15. The greatest earrings ever made.

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16. An incredible fur coat.

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17. That antenna piece of hair.

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18. A “Freaks and Geeks” party that will never be forgotten.

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19. A Britney Spears costume.

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20. Basically 80% of all inter-gender interactions at age 18.

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21. An incorrectly-buttoned suit.

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22. A high school mascot costume.

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23. Every awkward teenage birthday party ever.

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24. A private moment with Sam Adams himself.

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25. Produce-related excitement.

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26. Kangol hats.

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27. Keg stands.

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28. Choir trips and ’90s hand gestures.

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29. A rather unfortunate visit to a drag club.

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30. Hats hats hats.

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31. Pre-iPhone selfies.

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32. First interactions with snow.

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33. Accidental photobombing.

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34. Whatever happened after being handed that Solo cup.

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35. Costume choices.

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36. Braces.

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37. And some very important hair decisions.

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Go on. Backstalk yourself and add your most embarrassing photo below.

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