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Did Abraham Lincoln Invent Facebook?

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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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  • Maleficent 2012/05/09 16:25:58
    Yes
    Maleficent
    it says it all. now what about myspace?
  • Silentrose2 2012/05/09 16:25:32
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾ 2012/05/09 16:24:07
  • ancientmath 2012/05/09 16:17:48
    Yes
    ancientmath
    Legally no, but the it shows the idea isn't as new as Sean Parker wants it to be, but he did get it "first to market", a critical factor in any business or industry today. In fact, most ideas and inventions are thought of either simultaneously or previously by someone else...light bulbs, automobiles, etc. If a human conceived it out of logic, it only stand to reason that out of the billions on this planet another human conceived it as well. Most, if not all, music is inspired by other music or musicians. At least it keeps the lawyers employed; without patents and the arguments over them, they would die from social disgrace and outcast.
  • dranet 2012/05/09 16:14:01
    Yes
    dranet
    I have no idea if it's true, but it's definitely cool!
  • Tim Eldred 2012/05/09 16:09:50
    Yes
    Tim Eldred
    If the claim is true and proof can be given, then he should at least get credit for the concept. So essentially yes, though technically no.
  • fooley177 2012/05/09 16:08:05
    Yes
    fooley177
    Abe just told me that this is in fact true.
  • JDog_90305 2012/05/09 16:03:07
    Yes
    JDog_90305
    Pretty much the same idea just done a little differently.
  • Rob Williams 2012/05/09 15:59:56
    Yes
    Rob Williams
    But only in the same way that John Logie Baird invented YouTube and Thomas Alva Edison invented iTunes...
  • theprothinker 2012/05/09 15:49:49
    Yes
    theprothinker
    +1
    Yup. And Porky Pig invented stuttering too.
  • fortycal_sig 2012/05/09 15:47:16
    No
    fortycal_sig
    +1
    Leave it to a lawyer to try and re-patent the newspaper.
  • heirsoftheking 2012/05/09 15:45:02
    Yes
    heirsoftheking
    +2
    He invented it as much as Al Gore invented the internet.
    Al Gore Global Warming
  • Bob DiN heirsof... 2012/05/09 18:57:46
    Bob DiN
    +1
    Hey, great picture of Crazy Al.
  • heirsof... Bob DiN 2012/05/09 21:47:26 (edited)
    heirsoftheking
    He's warming the globe - LOL! He seems pretty angry about it, too.
  • Bob DiN heirsof... 2012/05/10 05:30:25
    Bob DiN
    You can tell he's insane just by looking at him. He always gets that way when the globe refuses to warm.
  • AdrianMcTiernan 2012/05/09 15:42:20
    No
    AdrianMcTiernan
    +1
    no, but he had the idea of how to have a worthwhile sharing of important matters with those who matter to an individual. I like that he could decide who to allow access to - there is much predatory attitude around at this time over facebook - it can be a bit dangerous to share some items publicly. I find it interesting that our Heavenly Father reveals things to people piecemeal, a bit at a time, as they are able to recieve - and if they are not able, then they don't understand the revelation, and are not judged for having understood and rebelled against it. They have eyes, but do not see, they have ears, but don't hear, and minds which they close off, in case they hear something too hard for them. But those that are ready can hear, and see, and understand, and improve their lives. In a similar way, choosing who could have access to these various endeavours safeguards some items which the greedy or bad-minded would take unfair advantage of.
  • Nicole Mcintosh 2012/05/09 15:40:37
    No
    Nicole Mcintosh
    +1
    If he wanted to invent Facebook he would have invented Facebook- social network
  • Jason Harris 2012/05/09 15:36:21
    No
    Jason Harris
    +2
    He did, however, write on a shovel... and later, invaded and oppressed my ancestors.
  • djbrumbaugh 2012/05/09 15:29:08
    Yes
    djbrumbaugh
    +2
    I would say he most definitely did come up with the idea. Everything is there to show evidence that he was far ahead of his time in trying to get people to stay in touch with one another. I'm willing to bet that he'd find the content of our messages inappropriate and disgustingly repulsive. I would think that he'd have wished that he had never come up with a community based network with all the filthy language and the rascists that are out there even as I type this!!!
  • Deirdra 2012/05/09 15:25:33
    Yes
    Deirdra
    Not the actual thing but the idea of it yes.
  • jacktown kid 2012/05/09 15:23:46
    No
    jacktown kid
    +1
    no way
  • Leslie 2012/05/09 15:22:01
    No
    Leslie
    +1
    A leap of discussion must be running out of viable topics.
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/05/09 15:21:01
    No
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    +1
    Computers weren't even around back then. computers
  • Dennis Thibodeaux 2012/05/09 15:19:17
    No
    Dennis Thibodeaux
    +3
    Give me a frickin' break.
  • Bob 2012/05/09 15:18:41
  • Mitsurugi Chiba 2012/05/09 15:16:28
    Yes
    Mitsurugi Chiba
    +1
    It seems like he did kinda, even if not totally what it is today. I wonder what he think of it if he could his dream imagined with the technology of today,
  • The Bee Guy 2012/05/09 15:15:55
    No
    The Bee Guy
    +2
    No doubt the concept rattled around in the old Roman Empire also. Then you have bits of the concept visible in the Bible. Think old Abe was just updating an idea held by many others before him...
  • firelooker 2012/05/09 15:11:37
    Yes
    firelooker
    +1
    A primitive form of it,. yes
  • jackie firelooker 2012/05/09 15:49:42
    jackie
    Newspapers aren't primitive =.=
  • firelooker jackie 2012/05/09 15:52:53
    firelooker
    meant that his idea was a primitive form of FB, not that news papers are primitive.
  • Nameless 2012/05/09 15:04:42
    Yes
    Nameless
    +1
    That is amazing. If that is true, then he was ahead of his time in that area.
  • Sass 2012/05/09 15:04:01
    No
    Sass
    +2
    The proof is in the pudding--show the proof.
  • Rio 2012/05/09 15:03:59
    Yes
    Rio
    +1
    HAh geez ol' honest abe was a social networker!!!
  • hudistunt 2012/05/09 15:00:57
    No
    hudistunt
    +1
    Hey the man freed the slaves, hunted vampires...it's not too much of a stretch...
  • rosebud hudistunt 2012/05/09 15:18:45
    rosebud
    He did NOT free the slaves.
  • hudistunt rosebud 2012/05/10 15:47:25
    hudistunt
    Oh boy, here we go...Can you say "emancipation proclamation?" Learn some history, then get back to me...Thanks
  • rosebud hudistunt 2012/05/15 15:38:17
    rosebud
    I think you have no knowledge of history and are probably public school educated. It was the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that freed the slaves.
  • hudistunt rosebud 2012/05/18 14:37:31
    hudistunt
    I know plenty about History Missy, and I know what the 13th and 14th amendments did...Lincoln is widely credited with "freeing the slaves" by being willing to go to war over the issue of so-called "states rights" and issuing the EP...
  • rosebud hudistunt 2012/05/22 16:14:23
    rosebud
    How so belittling of you to use that "Missy" term. You might know a bit about history, but now it is time for you to learn that belittling is just a really bad bullying technique. Your response was read up to the belittling and you need to get your self into some counseling.
  • SWIGGY1957 2012/05/09 15:00:46
    No
    SWIGGY1957
    +1
    A prototype, perhaps, but not the real thing. The real thing would have involved telegraph, which hadn't been invented yet.

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