We get it: Idaho living isn't everyone's huckaberry jam.
And while that's honestly okay, we're a tad bit exhausted with hearing out-of-state residents ask us the same questions over and over again. How many of these questions or statements have you heard after you tell someone you're from Idaho?
7 Things People Say When They Hear You're From Idaho
No Holds Barred in Urban Dictionary's Twisted Definitions of Idaho
It was 1999 when Aaron Peckham, a then-freshman computer science major at Cal Tech, launched the parody site Urban Dictionary to index the slang students were using across college campuses.
Yet despite its comedic origins, Peckham's forum quickly evolved into a series of unconstrained conversations that checked formal and stuffy academic writing at the door.
UD Makes Headlines
In 2003, the site made international headlines when a judge of the High Court of Justice in the U.K. referenced UD in a legal dispute involving two rappers and lyrical slang. Six years later, UD had amassed nearly 4 million entries and had been receiving approximately 2,000 submissions a day.
UD vs. Wiki
When asked to clarify the differences between UD and Wikipedia by the New York Times in 2009, Peckham noted "every single word on [Urban Dictionary] is written by someone with a point of view, with a personal experience of the word in the entry."
Neutrality isn't the objective.
UD & ID
In 2023, UD data shows the platform has a global audience of 90 million unique visitors each month, and receives 4,000 contributions a day. And much to my surprise, UD contributors have quite a bit to say about all things 208.
📱 Scroll on for a gallery of Urban Dictionary's many twisted definitions and descriptions of Idaho!
"Are We Dating the Same Guy?" + 27 Other Interesting Idaho Facebook Groups
Connection & Controversy
Six years after it rocked the world with friend requests and profile pics, Facebook launched what's become one of its most revolutionary and iconic features: Facebook groups. But what inspired the idea of exclusive or interest-based subgroups?
In his 2017 manifesto, Zuckerberg expanded on Facebook's goal to "develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us."
He wanted Facebook users to have the autonomy to create communities that were civically-engaged, supportive, and inclusive. It was also a means to shift from friend-centric interactions to user experiences with an axiom of authentic communication in group discussions.
While we can't speak to how supportive or deep Facebook groups are or aren't, Zuckerberg's success with the initiative speaks for itself.
According to SellCoursesOnline, between 2016 and 2020, a Facebook report found that "the number of active members in Facebook Groups almost doubled from 1 billion to 1.8 billion users." As of 2022, that accounts for approximately 60% percent of the platform's 2.93 billion users.
Facebook Group Facts
- In 2017, 100 million users said they belonged to groups they found "very meaningful." By 2019, that number had grown to 400 million.
- 50 percent of Facebook users belong to at least five groups.
- Driven by trends, branding, and offline communities and businesses with a need for an online presence, there are tens of millions of Facebook groups today.
- Nearly 100 percent of users say Facebook groups foster a sense of belonging and a place to talk about important issues.
Idaho Facebook Groups
In 2023, Facebook groups remain the MVP of online communities around the world. And Idaho is no exception!
Listed below are 28 Idaho Facebook groups we find particularly interesting, quirky, or useful.
How many of them do you belong to you? We have a feeling that number will grow a bit after a scroll through our gallery!
Click the pic to join the Facebook group!
Internet Trolls Obsessing Over What Idaho Smells Like Is Hilarious 😆
BOISE, Idaho. ICYMI, Idaho's the stinky kid in class. And the keyboard warriors are having a little too much fun roasting the Gem State!
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