#TBT Guidelines: Stop Posting Excessive Baby Pics And 12 Other Rules You Need To Know

by Ashley Fern

Alright, we get it. You were either the hottest thing in high school or a really adorable baby. Guess what? No one besides yourself gives a sh*t!

I know this may sound shocking, but really, is it? We love to be nostalgic; we love to look back on our better years and relive our glory days, but at what point is it too much? Where is the line drawn? What should be uploaded to social media and what shouldn't be?

In regards to Instagram and Twitter, #ThrowbackThursday has become one of the most widespread and embraced trends on the Internet. But as with any trend, there's a right way and a wrong way to go about it.

Today, on this fine Throwback Thursday afternoon, we're going to help you navigate some of these rules to help step up your game. It'll help if you turn up some old school Ashanti ("Mesmerize" perhaps) to get you through this post.

1. You can't #TBT something that happened last week

C'mon now that's just cheating. This doesn't even qualify for a #TBT! This is a throwback! The picture you're posting should be at least three-plus years old. I know you really like the way your outfit and hair looked last week, but this is straight BS. They invented #latergram for a reason.

2. You can't #TBT a picture of spring break just to show off your body


3. You cannot #TBT a baby picture every Thursday

We get it! You were an adorable little baby with chubby cheeks. Guess what? The majority of your followers probably were also. That picture doesn't even resemble you; who knows if it really is you? You could've just Googled that.

4. Pick a hashtag and stick with it

You don't get a #TransformationTuesday, a #ThrowbackThursday AND a #FlashbackFriday. No, you're greedy and no one cares about your "before" picture.

5. The uglier you are, the more likes you get -- not the other way around

If you can laugh at yourself and how unfortunate your awkward stage was, people will appreciate that.

6. You can't #TBT every week unless it's worth it

This is annoying and you aren't even going to get tons of likes, anyway. You're just pissing people off.

7. You can't #TBT on a day that's not Thursday

Why is this so hard to understand? #FlashbackFriday was definitely started by some bitter, slow girl who missed the #TBT wave and didn't realize it until it was too late. Stick to your throwbacks on their designated day, please.

8. No selfie #TBTs

You shouldn't be taking selfies, anyway, and if you are, you most definitely should not be #TBT-ing them. If you're going to post a picture of just yourself, make sure it's from a different era of your life.

And you better be doing something hilarious or adventurous because no one wants to see a picture of you taking a selfie with your Christmas tree from last year.

9. You can't look like you do now in your #TBT

The whole idea and point of a throwback is the idea of you at a different time when you don't resemble the person you are now. #Cheater!

10. You can't #TBT the same picture as your friend

You snooze, you lose, my friend! Enough of this #regram bullsh*t, especially on Thursdays. If it's a person who none of your followers would follow on their own, then maybe this is okay. But if you are jacking your college bestie's #TBT, you can guarantee that 75 percent of people seeing it are the exact same.

11. No scenery #TBTs

I don't give a sh*t about your damn abroad pictures. Thank you for rubbing it in all of our faces that we are in sh*tty, cold America.

We went abroad, we came back and we mourned our adventurous lives. We don't want to be reminded that we used to live steps from the Trevi Fountain or La Sagrada Familia.

12. Don't #TBT pictures with your ex

This just makes people uncomfortable and confused as to whether they should like the picture or not. I don't care if it's the only picture you have in front of the Eiffel Tower; they invented Photoshop for a reason.

13. You only get one #TBT per #TBT

This is not a photo album or piece of memorabilia; this is your Instagram feed. Your followers don't want to scroll through their feeds only to realize they are trapped at your sixth birthday party with no way of getting out.

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