I just read a very interesting article. It turns out Abe Lincoln had his own Facebook type profile printed on a one page newsletter with a profile pic and everything. He filed a patent for it in 1845 which was denied.
Check out the article and let me know what you think!
Abraham Lincoln Filed a Patent for Facebook in 1845
here is a snippet from the article:
"Lincoln was requesting a patent for “The Gazette,” a system to “keep People aware of Others in the Town.” He laid out a plan where every town would have its own Gazette, named after the town itself. He listed the Springfield Gazette as his Visual Appendix, an example of the system he was talking about. Lincoln was proposing that each town build a centrally located collection of documents where “every Man may have his own page, where he might discuss his Family, his Work, and his Various Endeavors.”