On This Day – August 5th

Reid Hoffman is born, ShareReactor is born and MySpace is awarded the presidential debate. All on today’s On This Day from TestHuddle.


1967 – Reid Hoffman is born reid_hoffman

The co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman was born on this day in Stanford, California.  Reid worked for Apple for a number of years before leaving to build a social network website in 1997 called socialNet.com, an idea that Peter Thiel, the investor called “an idea before its time”. Reid is credited with introducing Mark Zukerberg to Peter Thiel which led to Thiel initial funding of Facebook.





 2001 – ShareReactor is born!sharereactor

The eDonkey filesharing network index site that will later become known as ShareReactor in November 2001 goes online at gowenna.da.ru which is run by Gowenna.






 2008 –  MySpace awarded the Presidential Debate

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In a final hurrah of the social network website before its decline sets in, the presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain is awarded to MySpace. Soon after MySpace launch a mini MyDebates website to cater for those interested in the presidential campaign.






If you would like to add anything to these events, or know of other significant technology events that happened on this day in history, feel free to comment below.

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