Squidward Wiping Away Graffiti From The Pilot Episode Of SpongeBob Remains A Classic Format

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The scene in both a still-image format and GIF format became increasingly popular over the course of the 2010s. On November 21st, 2016, Twitter user svrrealism posted the image captioned “me deleting a selfie that got 3 likes,” gaining over 61,500 likes and 30,900 retweets in five years (shown below). A screenshot of the tweet was posted to Tumblr the next day, gaining over 38,400 notes in the same span of time.

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Memes using the image often play off of the idea of deleting something out of shame. On February 17th, 2017, Twitter user @jocar918 tweeted the image captioned “Me deleting the text convo after being left on read so I don’t get reminded how unwanted I am,” gaining over 380 likes and 280 retweets in four years (shown below, left). It was screenshotted, recreated and reposted numerous times across social media. On April 22nd, 2018, now-suspended Twitter user tweeted, “me deleting a tweet that I thought was funny after it getting 0 attention,” gaining over 263,000 likes and 88,000 retweets in three years (shown below, right). The post was featured in a Buzzfeed article on April 30th.

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