Facebook 1920

Submitted by snappyp September 7th, 2011
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The origins of social media can be traced back to Mary Fashbrook who, in 1917, manned the first switchboard installed in Mendocino Village, California. Mary would connect the two telephones in town, one at the Kelly residence, the other at the Ford House, then eavesdrop on the conversations. For 39 years Mary would relay the extremely private and intimate details of each telephone call to the townsfolk at Mendosa’s, Mendocino’s general store. Go Mary go.  Today you would have had 10,000 friends or not depending the reliability of your relay of details.

3 Responses to “Facebook 1920”

  1. Allee Willis

    I’m glad to see that the high-tech industry had its roots in California. There are many days when I think that Mary would still have less bugs and be less annoying than Facebook can be on any given day.