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Did Abraham Lincoln Invent Facebook?

News 2012/05/08 20:00:00
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If only Sean Parker had been around in the 1840s... We know what you're thinking, but hold off on the eye rolls for just a second. Blogger Nate St. Pierre dug up an 1845 patent by a 36-year-old Abraham Lincoln outlining what would have been roughly the equivalent of a social network. Fortunately for Mr. Zuckerberg, the U.S. Patent Office denied his idea, but the evidence is apparently there in black and off-white. Unfortunately, Nate wasn't permitted to take a picture, so we'll have to take his word for it.

According to Nate, the patent request suggested establishing a "centrally located Gazette" for every town that gave "every Man" his own page that could be could be updated "at any time deemed Fit or Necessary." His page would detail family, employment, and any "various endeavors" he wanted to share with the community. Not only that, but he could decide who was allowed to view his page by informing an overseer -- a kind of primative privacy measure. Sounds like a certain book of faces we know... What do you think? Did Abraham Lincoln invent Facebook?



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  • Brother Bo 2012/05/08 23:17:34
    Yes
    Brother Bo
    +25
    Sounds like he did, but according to some previews I've seen, he was also an accomplished vampire hunter...

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  • Briana83 2012/07/10 16:32:01
  • 22rexy22samo 2012/06/01 03:29:37
    No
    22rexy22samo
    he may have done many many nice things but he didnt invent facebook. Why is facebook so important anyway? dont have a cellphone to communicate?
  • Kenneth Huang 2012/05/19 08:57:56
    No
    Kenneth Huang
    Um, you realize that the idea of Facebook came from an actual thing called a "face book", which is basically like a student directory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
  • Missa Monstrosity 2012/05/19 02:17:24
    No
    Missa Monstrosity
    +3
    Harry Potter did
    harry potter face book
    harry potter face book
  • vicky soules 2012/05/15 17:19:47
    Yes
    vicky soules
    It sure sounds like the same kind of thing the only real difference is face book is on the computer and that would be in news print pretty cool who says history dose not repeat it self
  • Mark Mercer 2012/05/15 02:38:45
    Yes
    Mark Mercer
    Why not, I saw him on 'Star Trek' too.
  • Kali 2012/05/15 01:21:52
    Yes
    Kali
    Yes, its the same thing pre-internet
  • Mike J. Hirak 2012/05/14 20:40:57
    No
    Mike J. Hirak
    He didn't make Facebook, he created an idea for it, which was probably thought up by many people since.
  • dragonfliez 2012/05/13 22:04:51
    No
    dragonfliez
    +1
    just more of his big brother-ism, along with not allowing the states to secede...
  • Brongaar 2012/05/13 20:15:15
    Yes
    Brongaar
    Just funny enough to work.
  • Dave 007 2012/05/12 15:25:11
    No
    Dave 007
    If only the internet was around back then.
  • P. Sturm 2012/05/12 07:15:34
    Yes
    P. Sturm
    Yep, and his estate should sue Zuckerberg & Co., for royalty payments.
  • dragonf... P. Sturm 2012/05/13 22:06:43
    dragonfliez
    Zuckerberg/facebook wasn't even the first. they just ended up sucking enough government c*ck that they got advantages and were able to take over and be #1. they were nobody when myspace was raging. and anyway, Zuckerberg is the one who should be sued, because he stole it from the people who paid him to do the project. look it up.
  • Boo 2012/05/11 20:12:12
    Yes
    Boo
    At least he came up wtih the concept first. Wonder how Zuckerberg found out?
  • D.C.Verdone 2012/05/11 18:30:16
    Yes
    D.C.Verdone
    Lol it seems so XD XD
  • BRIDGET 2012/05/11 14:08:13
    No
    BRIDGET
    YOU HIGH OR WHAT? NOT EVEN THE SAME!
  • dcayers 2012/05/11 04:38:50
    Yes
    dcayers
    +1
    I find it amusing how there are comments about computers being around in the 1800's... That obviously means that no one was able to think up the concept of social networking... And that one comment that labeled us as "doomed" for believing that great ideas existed before the internet/computers. Shame on us all.
  • Dillon 2012/05/11 01:58:13
    No
    Dillon
    how could he invent face book they may have computers back then but they were only used for math in the 1800
  • *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg' 2012/05/11 01:29:54
    No
    *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg'
    What a moron. Abe Lincoln is watching you.
  • 22rexy2... *K'eim*... 2012/06/01 03:25:10
    22rexy22samo
    your a moron. dont talk about our presidents that way! mad face
  • jaime 2012/05/10 19:33:38
    Yes
    jaime
    +2
    He at least had the general concept.
  • BigKwell 2012/05/10 17:24:55
    No
    BigKwell
    No computers in 1845... period!
  • Constitution Believer 2012/05/10 16:36:11
  • dcayers Constit... 2012/05/11 04:42:28
    dcayers
    +2
    You obviously didn't understand the question. It was not asking in what century Lincoln lived. It was asking if, from the evidence given, he created the concept by which facebook follows. Maybe if you got off your political soapbox for two seconds, you'd have the time to actually read and understand the question before answering. =]
  • Constit... dcayers 2012/05/11 04:58:23
  • Rebecca 2012/05/10 14:59:36
    Yes
    Rebecca
    sounds basically the same anywyaa
  • Super ludum 2012/05/10 14:59:23
  • kbjb626 2012/05/10 12:34:13
    No
    kbjb626
    If you believe he did I have a really nice bridge for you to buy in Brooklyn. We'll talk.
  • kbjb626 kbjb626 2012/05/10 12:39:14
    kbjb626
    OMG!!!! 41% Voted Yes. This country is doomed when an obvious farce is taken for truth. "It 'uz on da innernet Martha, mus' be da truf." I'm afraid, so very afraid.
  • kbjb626 kbjb626 2012/05/10 13:09:51
    kbjb626
    I know! I know! Ancient astronauts left messages for Lincoln. Can there be any other explanation?
  • Aquaduck 2012/05/10 10:21:04
    No
    Aquaduck
    How about no?
  • Queenieverse 2012/05/10 07:29:38 (edited)
    Yes
    Queenieverse
    +1
    IDEAS ARE NOTHING NEW!! IT ALWAYS STARTS FROM SOMEONE IN THE PAST BUT NEVER CAUGHT ON 'TIL THE FUTURE WHEN SOMEONE ELSE COMES UP WITH THE SAME IDEA & PERSUES IT, MAKING IT FRUITFUL... & EVERYONE THINKS; "OH WOW! WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT LIKE AS IF IT'S SOMETHING SO BRILLIANT & NEVER THOUGHT OF BEFORE!"

    BUT IN ACTUAL FACT HAD BEEN IN THE MAKING ALREADY LONG BEFORE, BUT NEVER WAS FRUITFUL TO BECOME POPULAR UNTIL THE FUTURE MADE IT SO BY SOMEONE ELSE WITH THE SAME GENERAL IDEA!!!
  • Ivan Franco 2012/05/10 05:43:20
    Yes
    Ivan Franco
    yes!
  • Dzeeng 2012/05/10 05:00:22
    Yes
    Dzeeng
    you are probably right
  • CommunistLiberalAtheistJew 2012/05/10 03:33:26
    Yes
    CommunistLiberalAtheistJew
    +1
    Sounds like it!
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/05/10 03:05:48
  • Communi... mk, Sma... 2012/05/10 03:50:08
  • kbjb626 mk, Sma... 2012/05/10 14:02:19
    kbjb626
    +1
    Maybe they read it in the autobiography Lincoln published after he left office.
  • mk, Sma... kbjb626 2012/05/10 14:12:47
  • stevmackey 2012/05/10 02:31:46
    Yes
    stevmackey
    +1
    He had some great ideas.
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