Today, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton operates the very model of a modern social media campaign. But in 2008, the internet was a very different place, as if it were still stuck in its awkward teenage phase: a phenomenon that, appropriately, is nowhere more apparent than on MySpace.
Once upon a time, the then-junior senator from New York and first-time White House hopeful staked out a profile on MySpace, which still reigned as the world's largest social networking platform. Clinton's MySpace is now a "restricted profile," but we searched the Wayback Machine to find archived snapshots of her page.
Here's how Hillary's MySpace looked on April 18, 2007, several months after she announced her candidacy that January.
She eventually graduated to an elegant grayscale theme.
In Clinton's first MySpace blog post, dated March 17, 2007, she discusses the importance of net neutrality—an issue on which she continues to hold firm in her 2016 campaign.
I believe that the web is not only creating new forms of political dialogue but offering a new wave of opportunity for all Americans - and one of my highest priorities will be to make us number one again in the world in broadband. If we are not at the forefront of the web as a nation, we simply will not be able to keep up our role as the world's leading innovator. Net Neutrality is something that I am also fighting for now in the Senate so that the web remains open and democratic.
This, for the record, is the top comment on that entry.
Besides promoting her platform, Clinton's MySpace offered visitors cool badges to add to their profiles.
It also made the future Secretary of State's feelings for Carly Simon and American Idol abundantly clear.
Also of note is Hillary's decidedly Hillary-themed top 12 friends. (What's Kev's deal, though? I want to know literally everything about Kev.)
But nothing can compare with Clinton supporters' comments, which were displayed publicly. A representative sample:
Unsurprisingly, the former First Lady wasn't the only 2008 candidate to build a fanbase on MySpace. Keep an eye out for our friend request, Mr. President.
Molly Fitzpatrick is senior editor of Fusion's Pop & Culture section. Her interests include movies about movies, TV shows about TV shows, and movies about TV shows, but not so much TV shows about movies.