Medieval Facebook

Researchers working with land documents dating to the 13th century have discovered Facebook-like social networks that tied together ten villages in southwest France.

Nathalie Villa of the University of Toulouse and her team looked at over 1,000 documents from the town of Lot and considered the social ties of the people whose lives they chronicled. Villa considers the lives to be linked in Facebook-like fashion. "Two peasants whose names appeared on the same land contract, or who shared the same feudal lord, for example, would be considered to be linked in the social network rather like Facebook ‘friends’ of today."