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    29 Things That Were Very Much "A Thing" In The 2000s For People Who Are Now Ages 27–36

    Remember when you had to upload your photos from your camera to your desktop, and then upload them from your desktop onto Photobucket?!

    1. Complaining about how you hated that TRL wouldn't play an entire music video (except for like the top three):

    Carson Daly on the set of "TRL" with kids applauding behind him.
    Scott Gries / Getty Images

    Nothing was worse than when TRL would cut in the middle of a music video you liked just so they could show a bunch of screaming teens that you could barely even understand.

    2. Making a mix CD for your BFF or crush:

    Three CD clear skinny jewel cases (one blue, hot pink, and yellow) with CDs inside them.
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    And carefully decorating the CD with a Sharpie — as well as giving it a clever album title.

    3. Bragging about what movies you had on your Netflix DVD queue:

    A close up of a Netflix DVD queue page from 2010.

    It was also about constantly checking your queue, too, to see when your DVD was coming!

    4. Coming up with a clever and racy email address as your first "official" address:

    A cropped tweet from Harry Styles to Niall Horan saying: @NiallOfficial is your email still
    Twitter: @Harry_Styles

    And making sure your parents didn't know what it was.

    5. Taking a group selfie like this on a flip phone:


    Truly, you and your friends had it down to an art form.

    6. Taking a mirror selfie like this — with the camera flash going off:

    A photo of Tom from Myspace taking a photo of himself in his bathroom mirror with a digital camera and the flash going off.
    Facebook: myspacetom

    Which, really, was also an art form once you got it down.

    7. Playing Cranium with your friends or family:

    A entire Cranium board game set up neatly on a white table.

    Seriously, it was the best game ever!

    8. Emailing your friends a link to a viral video you found funny — usually with the subject line, "Watch this video!":

    Collection of nine different viral videos from the 2000s.

    Remember when you had to share videos over email?!

    9. Making sure you had your digital camera so that you could document everything (and be able to share the photos with your friends later):

    A hot pink Nikon Coolpix camera.

    And usually you would give your friends CDs you burned with all the photos of you guys together!

    10. Having a cool case for your camera:

    A hot pink Paul Frank camera case with the cartoon face of Julius the Monkey on it.

    You really had to protect that camera 'cause they weren't cheap!

    11. Also having a cool case for your iPod:

    A gold case for a classic iPod.

    'Cause an iPod truly wasn't cheap, and one unfortunate drop and it could be GAME OVER!

    12. Creating Sims characters based on your friends and crushes:

    A screenshot of a house from the Sims.

    And trying to be low-key, 'cause you didn't want your siblings to figure it out if they played your game.

    13. Composing a text — that included everything you wanted to say — in 160 characters or fewer:


    It truly felt like an accomplishment.

    14. Shutting your flip phone hard and getting that satisfying noise and the "BITCH, BYE" feeling inside:

    XL Records

    Listen, I love my iPhone, but that is a feeling I've been missing since 2007.

    15. Wearing pants that were super long and dragged all over the ground:

    A cropped image of the bottom of a man's jeans, who has a lots of extra jean length and ripped up hems.
    Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

    Jean/pant hems in the 2000s were ripped and so dirty (and even after you washed them, the bottoms were still filthy).

    16. Going with your friends to Jamba Juice (or any juice bar) for smoothies:

    A close-up of the the Jamba Juice sign on a brick building.
    David Mcnew / Getty Images

    And having that internal debate of just what "Boost" you needed that day whenever you went to Jamba.

    17. Calling any guy who was even vaguely into grooming a "metrosexual":

    A photo of David Beckham slightly pulling down his brown-tinted sunglasses, while wearing a distressed brown leather jacket and white T-shirt.
    Anthony Harvey / Getty Images

    Honestly, it was just a dumb buzzword.

    18. Finding a good-quality MP3 (non-radio rip) of a new song you wanted on LimeWire:

    A cropped image of the LimeWire page downloading a bunch of MP3s.
    Twitter: @VICEUK

    It was all about looking at the file size!

    19. Buying studded belts from Hot Topic:

    A close-up photo of a bunch of belts hanging on a rack in a Hot Topic.
    Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Sure, it was the place to get band tees and Nightmare Before Christmas stuff, but it was also the most reliable place to score studded belts and the all-too-ubiquitous white leather belt.

    20. Getting belt buckles with your name or phrases on it:

    A collection of nine sliver personalized belt buckles -- with the names on it being Damon, Patrice, Gina, Jadac, Eric, Karen, Ant, and King Shawn.

    It was a choice 🙃.

    21. Uploading photos and making a bunch of photo albums on Photobucket:

    The Photobucket logo in light blue with a white background.

    Back when you had to upload photos onto your computer from your camera, then upload them onto a site (as your computer struggled not to crash from the file sizes).

    22. Being obsessed with doing Sudoku puzzles:

    A Sudoku puzzle

    And bonus points if you actually completed one!

    23. Destroying someone in a poking war:

    At the time, it was a novelty and everyone enjoyed doing it.

    24. Using the Photo Booth Warhol-esque photo filter to death:

    A photo of Taylor Swift and her mom using the Warhol-esque photo filter.

    You felt so, so cool using it too.

    25. Reading the LiveJournal of a classmate (whom you had a crush on or whom you hated) so that you could low-key snoop on their life:

    The LiveJournal logo on a light blue background with a drawing of a pencil on top.

    But let's be real: Most of the time, it was boring.

    26. Hearing the squeaky-door-opening noise and seeing that your friend was logging on to AIM:

    An AIM conversation opened up on Windows XP.

    Nothing like seeing your friend on AIM and being able to chat with them, even if you had just seen them 30 minutes earlier at school.

    27. Going to Subway and making sure you collected your Sub Club sticker:

    A man holding a Subway Sub Club card, with seven of the eight stickers being filled.
    Tim Boyle / Getty Images

    Although half the time, you forgot your card and had to get a new one (which led to your having several cards that were partially filled).

    28. Getting free Pick of the Week cards from Starbucks:

    A Starbucks "Pick of the Week" card for John Legend's "Green Light" feat. André 3000/

    Even if they weren't songs you wanted, they were still free!

    29. And finally, lying on Myspace and saying your age was 99 years old:

    A Myspace profile that says: Male, 99 years old, NY, Washington DC, United States.

    Listen, there was no real reason we did this; it was just funny to us!