Skip To Content
  • Viral badge

37 Things We All Did On Facebook In 2009 That We Thought Were Cool But Were Definitely Not

Kids today don't understand.

I remember Facebook's start like it was yesterday...

facebook website

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...

1. 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"

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

3. Or, god forbid, a NOTE:

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

4. Especially if it was a poem:

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

5. 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"

6. 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"

7. 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"

8. 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;

9. 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;

10. Or, even 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;

11. Remember mirror selfies with the flash on?

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

12. Or the classic duck face and peace sign?

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

13. 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;

14. 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;

15. Why did we feel the need to post quotes like this and tag our friends??

Claypotideas / Facebook

Save that for the group chat.

16. Or post pictures of words written in the sand?

&quot;Love&quot; written in the sand

17. Or spell out words with our hands?

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

18. Or make hearts with our hands?

two girls making a heart with their hands

19. 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

20. 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

21. 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;

22. 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

23. Or the ones that distorted your face:

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

24. 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

25. 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

26. Why did we think people wanted to see our feet?

a bunch of feet in a circle

27. 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

28. Or us lying on the grass with friends?

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

29. 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;

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

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

31. Remember getting into epic poke wars?

notifications of two people poking someone a lot

32. 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;

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

Taylor Swift far away at a concert

34. 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

35. 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

36. Or of our high scores in Flappy Bird:

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

37. 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

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