In August 2010, Wylie Overstreet published a satirical article called "e;If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses"e; on the website CoolMaterial.com. Within a month, it had received 3 million views and had been "e;liked"e; by 120,000 Facebook users.
In A WORLD HISTORY ACCORDING TO FACEBOOK, Overstreet expands this concept into a full-length history of the world, from its creation up through to the present day, as if Facebook had existed all along and Abraham Lincoln had written a status update about "e;taking the missus to the theater"e; on April 15, 1865 and Ben Franklin had done the same alerting his network that he'd signed the Declaration of Independence ("e;Bring it,"e; 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 ("e;lol,"e; "e;rofl,"e; "e;fml,"e; etc.), this is the definitive humor book for our generation.