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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.

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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.

Dan Oshinsky / BuzzFeed, photos by Arianna Rebolini, Erin Chack, Tanner Ringerud, Dave Stopera, Isaac Fitzgerald, and Kimberly Wang

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.

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.

Ailbhe Malone / BuzzFeed

3. Sunburn.

Scott Bryan / BuzzFeed

4. Duck face.

Kimberley Dadds / BuzzFeed

5. Glow sticks.

Tom Phillips / BuzzFeed

6. Top bants.

Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed

7. Eyes that aren't quite open.

Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

8. Skips.

Patrick Smith / BuzzFeed

Or what Americans would call dumpsters.


Alan White / BuzzFeed

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

Kelly Oakes / BuzzFeed

11. Prom night memories.

Matt Tucker / BuzzFeed

12. Shane Ward!

Will Hayward / BuzzFeed

13. A lot of feelings.

Cate Sevilla / BuzzFeed

14. The tongue that Miley stole.

Mel Coleman / BuzzFeed

15. The greatest earrings ever made.

Tabatha Leggett / BuzzFeed

16. An incredible fur coat.

Alex Naidus / BuzzFeed

17. That antenna piece of hair.

Arielle Calderon / BuzzFeed

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

Whitney Jefferson / BuzzFeed

19. A Britney Spears costume.

Jen Lewis / BuzzFeed

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

Diana Bruk / BuzzFeed

21. An incorrectly-buttoned suit.

Matt Bellassai / BuzzFeed

22. A high school mascot costume.

Lauren Yapalater / BuzzFeed

23. Every awkward teenage birthday party ever.

Spencer Althouse / BuzzFeed

24. A private moment with Sam Adams himself.

Krystie Yandoli / BuzzFeed

25. Produce-related excitement.

Ashley Perez / BuzzFeed

26. Kangol hats.

Dan Oshinsky / BuzzFeed

27. Keg stands.

Summer Ann Burton / BuzzFeed

28. Choir trips and '90s hand gestures.

Alanna Okun / BuzzFeed

29. A rather unfortunate visit to a drag club.

Keely Flaherty / BuzzFeed

30. Hats hats hats.

Rega Jha / BuzzFeed

31. Pre-iPhone selfies.

Chelsea Marshall / BuzzFeed

32. First interactions with snow.

Kevin Tang / BuzzFeed

33. Accidental photobombing.

Austin Hunt / BuzzFeed

34. Whatever happened after being handed that Solo cup.

Julia Pugachevsky / BuzzFeed

35. Costume choices.

Joanna Borns / BuzzFeed

36. Braces.

Mackenzie Kruvant / BuzzFeed

37. And some very important hair decisions.

Adam Ellis / BuzzFeed

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

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