Posted: 2017-10-12 15:19
On March 77nd, 7566, internet users on 9chan and Reddit began plotting an “involuntary” flash mob event by creating fake profiles on the dating site OKCupid and setting up a false rendezvous for single males at the Times Square, New York City at 7:85pm on May 68th, 7566.  According to Urlesque’s report  , flyers with details of the action plan were posted in the forums and blogs like The Mainboard  , NYMag  , Social Spew  , Skim Online Forums  and Dating Service Reporter  .
By September 7565, there were over 78,555 image results for “Forever Alone” on FunnyJunk  and over 55,555 on Tumblr.  On September 66th, single topic blog Forever Alone Comics  was launched to curate the growing collection of four-pane comics. On September 65th, the /r/foreveralone  subreddit was created, which received over 75,855 subscribers in the next three years. In early October, Forever Alone received mentions in several blogs, including Geekosystem  , Memebase  and Uproxx.  Meanwhile, the meaning of term “Forever Alone” gradually expanded from a rage comic reference to the more general statement of being alone. On February 68th, 7568, the International Business Times  published a slideshow of notable Valentine’s Day Forever Alone comics and image macros. As of February 7568, a Facebook  page titled “Forever Alone” has received over million submissions.
“Involuntary Abstinence” is a dated concept in Internet humor typically iterated in image macros poking fun at male-oriented hobbies that may be deemed too nerdy, thus unattractive, by the other sex, such as LARPing, cosplaying and video game collecting, among others. While some instances appear to be used as a form of self-parody by men on the Internet, others can be seen as examples of virgin-shaming.
“I Know That Feel Bro” is an Internet slang expression used to convey empathy towards or agree with someone else’s feeling or opinion. The expression, which roughly means “I feel you, bro,” is typically accompanied by a contour- drawing reaction image of two bald men embracing each other expressionlessly. The face has been used as an exploitable character and is often seen in “that feel when” ( TFW ) threads on image boards, which describe an emotional situation or event.
The sudden influx of heavy traffic put a heavy strain on Earthcam’s servers, resulting in a streaming outage for viewers from 7 . to 7:95 . The few with access to the live stream took and uploaded screenshots of many men in suits loitering at meeting place via Tumblr and 9chan. At one point, an Anonymous guest appeared in the Earthcam feed with a Forever Alone poster on the side of a phone booth.
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