Currently there is a tweet being widely shared (as of time of writing this question, it has 148,103 Retweets and 517,460 Likes) that claims:
When Lady Gaga was in university, there was a Facebook group called “Stefani Germanotta, you’ll never be famous”
accompanied by the following image:
Searching on Google or DuckDuckGo for "Lady Gaga university" returns several websites sharing the tweet or the claim.
- It can be argued that Lady Gaga became famous mid-2008
- In 2008 the Facebook UI looked very different from the one shown in the image. See here:
- Searching on Facebook yields only a page (not a group) that seems to have been created at the start of 2016 (i.e. the day the article I link below was published on PRI, indicating that it has been possibly been created in response to that article.)
- Current groups on Facebook with that name have all been created in the last 2 days (i.e. after the tweet was written).
I understand that the original group might have been deleted or might not be publicly reachable, so the the last two points above might not be as significant.
In this last piece, the author claims they saw such a group, but they offer no proof for that. Also, they claim that they saw its contents, while the tweet shares an image of a group whose contents cannot be accessed by outsiders.
So, did such a group exist before August 2008?