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The History of the World According to Facebook

Published
Harper Collins, November 2011
ISBN
9780062076182
Format
Softcover, 160 pages
Dimensions
22.9cm × 15.2cm × 1.3cm

In August 2010, Wylie Overstreet published a satirical article called "If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses" on the website CoolMaterial.com. Within a month, it had received 3 million views and had been liked by over 170,000 Facebook users. In "The History of the World According to Facebook", Overstreet expands this concept into a full-length history of the world, from its creation up through present day, as if Facebook had existed all along and Abraham Lincoln had written a status update about taking the missus to the theater on April 15, 1865 and Ben Franklin had done the same alerting his network that he'd signed the Declaration of Independence (Bring it, replied John Adams).

Filled with hundreds of real-life historical figures and thousands of not-at-all-real Facebook statuses, comments, and actions, and parodying Facebook users' proclivity to over-share and use lazy jargon (lol, rofl, fml, etc.), this is the definitive humor book for our generation.