But what a yarn! It takes gumption to start off a tall tale with a circus man. And it plays into the "execution is everyhing" mentality. The OT should consider starting a gazette of his own!
This is entirely a hoax. Clever, too. We have an official stastement to that effect due within the hour. -James
James M. Cornelius, Ph.D.
Curator, Lincoln Collection
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
112 N. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701-1310 217.785.7954
Abe does have one patent (#6469), but it's not for Facebook. They claim this patent was rejected, though.
As for the story, it appears President Lincoln understood the sensibility of decentralisation. Each town manages its own Gazette. The townsfolk have a personal relationship with the person in charge of managing the information.
From the end user's perspective this idea still seems as sensible today as it was then. And it's no more difficult to achieve.
In the meantime, send all your personal details to Facebook and their advertiser clients for analysis. You might be missing out on important products and services if you don't!