7. Dropping a bigger hint.
Vaguely hinting at a crush online, writing-wise, hasn’t changed much over the decade. It’s where you decide to post “my crush only ever asks to study together but never a real date :/” that’s come a long way. In 2007, it was tucked away in your daily paragraph blog post via your Xanga; today, it’s a standalone tweet, which is much more likely to be seen, TBH.
8. Showing off ~your personality~.
Your default “message” is crucial in baiting your crush. The ‘00s were all about what you were currently doing (~*~BRB, on the phone with BeCkY~*~) and the most profound pop punk lyrics you could find (aka you cycled through every song on The Black Parade). Today, it’s all about Instagram stories/Snapchats that, while impermanent, update your crush with everything from what you just ate to “plans canceled, HMU.” You traded neon backgrounds for flower crown filters, and life couldn’t be better.