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2003
March: With $400,000 in seed money, Internet entrepreneur and former Netscape engineer Jonathan Abrams launches Friendster.
May: Former PayPal executive VP Reid Hoffman sends out the first invitations to join ­business-networking site LinkedIn.
August: Brad Greenspan, Chris DeWolfe, and Tom Anderson of community website conglomerate eUniverse (later Intermix Media) create MySpace.
October: In its first six months, Friendster has attracted about 1.5 million users. Google offers to buy it for $30 million, but Abrams declines, instead raising $13 million in venture capital. Friendster is valued at about $53 million.
November: Time declares Friendster one of the “Coolest Inventions of 2003,” as social networking begins to go mainstream.
December: Social-­networking site Hi5, which grew out of a matchmaking site for South Asian singles launched in January 2003, goes live.