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10 Things You'll Definitely See On Facebook On New Year's Eve

There's something about the end of one year and the start of another that makes us behave a little, well, oddly, particularly when it comes to social media. Expect to ring in 2017 while seeing all of these on your Facebook news feed...

1. The proposals

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Engagement rings. Engagement rings, everywhere. Just like Valentine's Day and Christmas Eve, the last day of the year seems to be the catalyst for men - or women - everywhere to get down on one knee. Particularly, it seems, if a couple are holidaying in New York (just sayin'). If you don't like your news feed filled with diamonds of varying sizes, avert your eyes.

2. The inaugural couple selfies

Of course, not all couples are ready to make the jump to wedded bliss just yet, but some are ready to use NYE as an opportunity to announce their newfound love to the world. 'So blessed I found my soulmate in 2016! The year wouldn't have been the same without this one' they write, captioning a wholesome-looking picture of said soulmates, ideally up a Welsh mountain wearing matching anoraks, posing with his-and-hers beverages or doing other wholesome two-person activities.

3. The jet-setting #humblebrag

Someone on your feed has gone on a lot of holidays this year (sorry, they've been doing a lot of travelling this year.) December 31st presents the perfect opportunity for them to share pictures at the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Western Railway and just about everywhere in between. 'The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,' they write, knowingly, after quickly Googling 'quotes on travel.'

4. The emotional rollercoaster

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There have been ups, there have been downs, and the girl you sat opposite during History GCSE is going to tell you - and 754 others - all about them in a heart-rending first person essay, with more 'thank you for the support' messages than the average Oscar acceptance speech.

5. The indirect character assassination

In a subtle twist on the emotional narrative above, a sneaky way of getting your own back on those who have wronged you this year is to compose something along the lines of '2016 has been a year when I found out who I could really trust. It's great to know who your real friends are - and aren't...' Wait for the concerned messages of 'U ok? x' to flood into the comments below and marvel at your own cunning.

6. The 2016 memes

We can all agree that 2016 hasn't been a great year for a lot of things, but the memes have been unrivalled. There's almost too many to choose from. Will you go for a '2016: before and after' illustrated with young Rose and ancient Rose from Titanic? A hilariously captioned Barack Obama and Joe Biden looking back on the year? Or maybe Harambe?

7. The fitspo journey so far

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Look, we think it's really great that you've decided to sign up to that fitness programme where that guy shouts very, very loudly about sweet potatoes and burpees. Admirable, even. But what we don't need to see is your year-on-year progress shots (or your food diary, for that matter) just because, well, we don't want it to disturb our finely-honed festive routine of sitting prone on the sofa, chain-eating chocolate.

8. The collages

Face it: you're already sitting on your laptop, curating your most flattering, adventurous and like-worthy picture of the year into one three by three photo grid, ready for the perusal of your Facebook pals. Trying to cram your wider friend circle in without offending anyone (by leaving them out, or worse, accidentally including a picture with their ex-boyfriend lurking in the background) is a diplomatic mission in itself.

9. The 'Year in review' video

Or, you could do away with all the fuss of the above and just get Facebook to auto-compile your best bits from the year, pulled together with a jazzy soundtrack and cheery captions. That way, if anyone gets left in or out, it's Zuckerburg's fault.

10. The 'Is anyone doing lifts from town?'

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It's a truth universally acknowledged that taxis fares are astronomical on New Year's Eve, so there's always one chancer who decides to crowdsource their journey home from their nearest urban centre (or, as we like to call it, 'town') with a Facebook shout-out. Fair play and good luck, we say...

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