Everything You Need to Know about Your Favorite Day: 'Throwback Thursday' (er, #tbt)

Are you one of those social media fanatics who uses the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday, #TBT, or #Throwback when the day hits well, Thursday? Ever posted an old picture or anything that is a memento of the 90’s or so? Had you ever wondered how this weekly trend or hashtag game began? I did.

Throwback Thursday basically refers to old [not ancient] pictures uploaded only on Thursday. Considering this started in the era of the techie generation, the only reasonable source of information would be internet itself. Unfortunately, even with the unlimited resources found in the internet, it is hard to trace back and pinpoint the exact origin of this popular online craze especially on Instagram and Twitter. So far, this is the best timeline of the phrase Throwback Thursday I could make of from my resources:

2003 [March] – the word Throwback was first defined in the Urban Dictionary.

2006 [January] – first known blog appearance on Saxton Moore’s blog.

2006 [July] – the first Throwback Thursday series started by Nice Kicks’ blog.

2006 [July] – for the first time, Georgia Tech football game was themed Throwback Thursday.

2011 [February] – the first recorded Instagram hashtag of the phrase was made by @bobbysanders22 on his hot wheels photo but there’s no guarantee that this was actually the first one in the said application.

2011 – it became popular in the blog community

2011 [November] – the hashtags #throwbackthursday and #tbt became Instagram’s recurring trend.

2012 [January] – the phrase Throwback Thursday was included in the Urban Dictionary.

2012 [February] – socialite Kim Kardashian began her series of Throwback Thursday photos on Instagram and Twitter.

2012 – Throwback Thursday and #tbt gains popularity all over the social media channels inlacing, but not limited to, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Pinterest, and Facebook.

2013/2015 - And the rest is history.

The So-Called #ThrowbackThursday Rules

Yes, there are apparently rules before uploading any of your photos and tagging them as #throwbackthursday or #tbt.

1. TBT is all about comedic nostalgia. We know you looked cute as a baby, but posting angelical pictures of yourself is not nearly as amusing.  Throwback Thursday was founded on principles of comedic relief. Embrace it.

2. Timing is essential. So refrain from tagging #TBT pictures when it is in fact not Thursday. This should be a no-brainer.

3. Throwback Thursdays are all about commemorating vintage moments. Try and aim for non-digital photos that were probably taken from your Polaroid iZone. If you are #TBT-ing to last week’s Thursday, you’re doing it wrong. Try to have a gap of a couple years.

4. You can’t be hashtagging pictures that are not even throwbacks but just a clear abuse to the popular hashtags. This also includes “Celebrity Throwbacks.” Unless you were childhood friends with Ryan Gosling, this is a major DON’T.

5. #SelfieThrowback: Unless you were rolling around as a baby taking pictures of yourself, there is no such thing.

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Of course, knowing me, I never just go with rules. I try to contest them if I can. So here’s my comments on those so-called rules.

I never knew that. I thought all along that its just about creating a feeling of nostalgia. It is quite logical that you may find #throwbackthursday photos being uploaded on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday your time because time (and dates) all around the world varies from a few minutes to 24 hours.

While I do agree with a couple of years gap, at least 5, for the photo, I don’t exactly agree with the camera used. There are already digital cameras (and even SLRs) dating back 5 years ago. But I do understand this point of view because it is really easier to create a feeling of nostalgia if you do see blurry, unclear photos created by those old cameras.

Totally agree. Its more about respect of ownership more than anything else as to why I agree with this. As a long time instagramer, its really important to only upload pictures you owned because everyone will see those as yours.

Hahaha, again, I agree. Although selfie is quite popular for years it doesn’t in any way create a nostalgic effect except for yourself’s amusement. There is nothing there that needs to be commemorated.

*Written by DUMB and GENIUS


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