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Lament for the Facebook of yore

May 14, 2010 - Nikki Younk
Remember when Facebook was a haven for college students who would post wholesome photo albums with titles like “Drink, Drank, Drunk?” Nowadays, you’re more likely to see family photos or someone’s Farmville progress.

What happened?

I did not become a Facebook member until midway through 2006-the summer before my senior year of college. Before then, I would use friends’ and roommates’ Facebook accounts to stay in the know.

In those golden years, you could only become a Facebook member if you had a valid college e-mail address. Of course, it was terribly easy to obtain fake college e-mail addresses (This was how I made LOL-worthy Facebook profiles for Colonel Sanders and Wilford Brimley). But, the bottom line was that there were no parents, no high schoolers, and no future employers. No one to bring us down.

Of course, Facebook had to expand. The more people the better, right? Maybe. Gone are the photos of silly college shenanigans and the avalanche of expletives. Now, you are forced into being friends with your great-aunt Hagatha.

I guess Facebook is still useful for stalking old classmates and seeing who is and who isn’t “in a relationship.” These are important things. I just wish I wouldn’t be updated when Uncle Sinbad adds “couch potatoing” to his Interests, or Grampa Otis starts quoting himself. These are sad things.

Nothing gold can stay, my friends.

 
 

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