Last Online: 5 Years Ago

Last Online: 5 Years Ago

Updated Feb 11, 2020 at 08:10AM EST by Y F.

Added Mar 19, 2019 at 11:21AM EDT by Matt.

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Last Online: 5 Years Ago is a catchphrase used to express an abrupt end of communication with an online friend. The phrase mimics the language found on various online message boards and video games that allows users to see when a player or board member was last active.


While the phrasing "last online [X] years ago" existed prior to its use as an internet meme, the earliest available usage of the phrase as a joke was posted on April 19th, 2011 by Twitter [1] user @denniswerners. The post reads, "last online: 5 years ago! #lol :)" (shown below).

last online: 5 years ago! #101 :) 7:33 AM-19 Apr 2011


For nearly a decade, the phrase, in its various forms, appeared on a variety of websites and message boards. People comment on online friends or acquaintances they had but abruptly lost contact with. For example, on May 9th, 2013, Redditor [2] alienangel2 posted in a thread about World of Warcraft wrote, "And the last activity dates :/ Last Online: 5 Years Ago." On July 14th, 2017, to comment on a user's disappearance, an anonymous 4chan [3] user wrote, "Last online: 7 years ago" (shown below).

Anonymous Fri 14 Jul 2017 23:59:40 No.383982624 Report >>383981516 Last online: 7 years ago

On January 29th, 2019, Tumblr [4] user stwafunny user posted an Ironic Doge Meme that reads, "it's Mgetting late and I don't want to be late for school. Night dudes, see you tomorrow. Last online: 5 years ago." The post received more than 16,000 notes in two months (shown below, right). The following week, Redditor[5] shared the meme on the /r/me_irl subreddit, where it received more than 10,000 points (96% upvoted) and 150 comments.

Its getting late and Idonft wannabe ate for schoo Night dudes, see you again see you tomorrow Last online: 5 years ago

In February 2019, a video version of the meme was spread on the short form video application TikTok. The meme features someone playing a video game. Halfway through the video, the color in the picture disappears and the subject appears sad, while somber music from the Pixar film Up plays on the soundtrack. On February 23rd, TikTok user brick608 posted a version entitled "Last seen online: 8 years ago." The post received more than 64,000 favorites and 2,000 shares in less than one month (shown below).

Various Examples

Me and my friend playing one more game before going to bed "Last online 7 years ago" Its getting late, i need to go off for the Night Yeah man, me too. See you tomorrow. Last online 9 years ago Imagine; it's a chilly evening, You're playing GTA San Andreas and your friends come over. So you play with them using the extra controllers you bought a couple months back. Life's good, 6 years later you're on ps3, Your friend: I'll go eat brb Last online 5 years ago
"Alright gotta go to bed. I have school tomorrow. See you tomorrow" -last online 5 years ago Minkyy 1 week ago VIEW REPLY "Alright guys I got to go, I'll see you all tomorrow" Last online 5 years ago last online 14 hours ago last online S months ago last online 24 days ago last online 43 years ago last online 6 hours ago John ● John eKylie last online 4 months ago

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External References

[1] Twitter – @denniswerners' Tweet

[2] Reddit – alienangel2's Post

[3] 4chan – /v/

[4] Tumblr – stwafunny's Post

[5] Reddit – me_irl

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Your Uncle Yonkers
Your Uncle Yonkers

I remember I made a friend in Guildwars 2. We met on a road and started questing together and were both new and trying to figure things out. We played for like a week or 2 and then I think we were gonna either to the next story chapter or a raid and I told him "alight man ill see you tomorrow, can't wait"

Never launched that game again after that, I felt bad but didn't wanna play anymore but I still think about that guy to this day.


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