On February 13, 2011, YourTango celebrated the very first annual Break Up With Your Ex Day, a day on which we urged people to let go of painful memories, insidious social media connections and dead-weight relationship baggage in an attempt to move on in both love and life. In the days leading up to February 13, we provided a number of Facebook tools for cutting that ex loose in the form of Facebook gifts, polls and even a Relationship Alert Generator. We asked people about their exes on our Facebook page and in our Twitter feed. We created a boatload of invaluable content on how best to break up with your ex, and even debuted a related web series featuring the incredibly wise Dr. Diana Kirschner.
We asked you to unfollow, untag, delete, block and erase that pesky ex, and we even wrapped things up with a speed dating event that allowed attendees to forget about their exes and find new love (or at least a quick, satisfyingly distracting makeout session).
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How did YourTango readers do?
On our Facebook page, YourTango fan Meagan Mader announced that, "Yes I did [break up with my ex on Facebook] and I'm happy I did. I went on my first date this weekend since we broke up, and I think it's because I defriended him and told him I can't talk to him on the phone anymore for a while... gave me closure."
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Gao Lucy Yang did the same. "I did as well. after a month of trying to get over it i finally had the guts to delete everything that reminded me of him even his friends. time to start fresh and looking good for myself. hahahahahaha >:)"
Says Chivi Ibarra: "I did it and he felt soo angry with me about that... he goes to twitter to write that I am a crazy woman but no... I don't think so. I would be a crazy woman only if I don't delete that loser from my life!! 8 months had past. Now, I am free to recieve a new love. =)" [Editor's note: Love this! You go girl!]