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Vaguebooking is an internet slang term referring to the practice of posting cryptic, vague status updates on Facebook in order to receive validating attention from friends and relatives.


On February 19th, 2009, Urban Dictionary[1] user elbandidomaximo submitted an entry for "vaguebooking," defining it as "intentionally vague Facebook status update" prompting friends to inquire what's wrong as a possible "cry for help" (shown below).

Vaguebooking An intentionally vague Facebook status update, that prompts friends to ask what's going on, or is possibly a cry for help. Mary is: "wondering if it is all worth it" Mark is: "thinking that was a bad idea" Example "Have you talked to Mark? He's vaguebooking again. I wonder ifhe's back with Mary..."


On September 22nd, 2011, YouTuber Sky Williams uploaded a comedy sketch about vaguebooking, which depicted vaguebookers as those who are comforted by "drama and attention" (shown below).

On February 15th, 2012, the tech news site MUO[2] published an article titled "What Is the Imbecilic Art of Vaguebooking?" which likened the practice to using Facebook as a dairy, calling it "very, very annoying." The article included a parody Facebook post mocking the practice (shown below).

Dave Parrack You know when people do that thing that we all hate? Well, someone did it to me at some point today. And I need to bitch about it without giving any real details. Because I want, no need, you all to actively ask me what happened before I explain or what is the point exactly? A moan isn't worth having if no one is sat on the edge of their seat hanging on my every word. So, anyway. Blah blah blah. Like . Comment about a minute ago .

On October 7th, the Vaguebook Tumblr[3] blog was launched, which highlights screenshots of vague Facebook posts. On April 28th, 2015, the /r/VagueBooking[7] subreddit was created for examples of the social media practice. On June 3rd, BuzzFeed News[6] published an article titled "In Defense of 'Vaguebooking'." On June 15th, The Newport Blast published an article featuring an example of a vaguebooking post (shown below).

vague-booking on facebook example- Chet Cannon I should have known better.. 2 seconds ago Like Comment

On October 9th, 2017, YouTuber Heather Land posted a warped video of a woman complaining about vaguebooking (shown below).

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