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FBF

or #FBF or flashback Friday or #flashbackfriday [ef bee ef]

or [flash-bak frahy-dey]

What does FBF mean?

FBF is an acronym for flashback Friday. On social media, "#FBF" is a common hashtag used in captions of old photos shared on Fridays.

Where does FBF come from?

Examples of FBF

Frizzy bangs and braces in Switzerland. The teenage struggle was real! #fbf
@TraceeEllisRoss, March, 2018
Can you please stop growing up ☹️. Sissy needs you to stay little forever. @hey._its._em._here #flashbackfriday
@samanthamegan23, Instagram, March, 2018
The last time a tropical cyclone tracked south along the #WestOz coastline @tajamos, @jay_davies & @dinoadrian were all over it. Excited for the weekend? We sure are! 🎥: @farmhouse_films #FlashbackFriday #FBF #WesternAustralia #WA #WestIsBest #TCbianca #WAsurfers #SurfingWA
@surfing_wa, Instagram, March, 2018
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Who uses FBF?

As the acronym itself would imply, the hashtag “#FBF” or “#flashbackfriday” is most commonly used on Fridays by far.

Use of “#FBF” is practically identical to use of “#TBT,” with the exception of the day of the week. Social-media users generally use the two interchangeably, depending on the day. That is, if a typical social-media user wanted to post an old picture, they could just as easily post it on Thursday with “#TBT” or Friday with “#FBF” for the same effect. The two hashtags simply give social-media users more opportunities to share old photos without having to explain why they aren’t sharing something more current.

News articles and tweets from companies, sports teams, and brands also incorporate flashback Friday when sharing old stories, highlights, or nostalgic images. Individuals who post flashback Friday posts often use the term to point out how far they have come since their younger, “dorkier” days (e.g., Look at my haircut in middle school! #FBF)

On the social-media site Reddit, “#FBF” is also the hashtag used to tag Foul Bachelor Frog memes. This meme features a frog’s head on a green background with advice and usually gross descriptions of single men’s daily routines and behaviors. This use of the acronym FBF is significantly less common than the flashback Friday use.

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