Flashback to Facebook Notes

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 12.23.52 PMIf you remember answering surveys that asked incredibly deep questions such as… “What does the last text in your inbox say?”, “Would you date someone if they asked you right now?”, “Ever had a best friend of the opposite sex?”, “Eyes or Smile?”…then you remember Facebook Notes.

Unfortunately (or is it fortunately?), their popularity died out years ago. Notes on Facebook started to become a thing of the past when everyone realized that they were actually very embarrassing. I look back on my own Facebook notes now—mainly from freshman and sophomore year of high school—and I simultaneously cringe and die of laughter. My notes are like a personal time capsule, and while I don’t know what in the world I was thinking with more than half of my weird answers, it’s great to reread them and remember what was going on with me back in 2009.

Facebook Notes gave us many things: a way to vent about our days, to write inside jokes in our answers that almost no one reading the note would even understand, and above all, Facebook notes gave us the original subtweet.

For those of you who don’t know, a subtweet is when someone on twitter will tweet something that is clearly about someone, yet they won’t say who they are talking about. An example of this is: “wow you are so selfish I can’t even stand it.” It’s subtle. It’s a tweet. Hence, it’s a subtweet. Well, Facebook Notes are where these types of non-confrontational digs originated.

If you could spend more time with someone you used to be very close with, would you?

mmm without a doubttt

Anyone you’re giving up on?

not giving up on, i’m just overrrr it

Name something you wish you could say here:

i wish i never had to see you….but then again i dont reallyy mean that.

This is an excerpt from one of my Facebook notes. As you can see, I very clearly was directing my melodramatic answers to someone without coming out and saying who…(cough cough, my stupid ex-boyfriend) As you can also see, this is why I changed the privacy settings for my notes on Facebook to “Only Me”—they’re to embarrassing for anyone else’s eyes.

The beauty of looking back on your own notes is that you can remember yourself as you were. Your answers to those 20 question surveys show who you really were at the time and what you were going through. We can remember that we used to type with unnecessary extra letters, as shown above. We can also see how much we’ve grown up since then. So take the time to celebrate this week’s flashback by rereading your Facebook notes and get reacquainted with your high school self.

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