Sunday, August 12, 2012

Texas Posten Newspaper Tweets

So, what is a “tweet” – now and then:
From Wikipedia:
Twitter is an online social networking service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, as "tweets".

From Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter:
"...we came across the word 'twitter', and it was just perfect. The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information,' and 'chirps from birds'. And that's exactly what the product was."

AND, just how did an early Swedish American newspaper “tweet”?  That answer is yours to discover by taking a look at excerpts from the early Swedish printed issues. 

As you may know, the University Of North Texas (UNT) has digitized 214 issues from 1896 to 1902.  Our objective with this email is to encourage you to visit the UNT site at (Texas Posten at UNT  ) and learn how to browse or search the online Texas Posten issues for articles that you will find valuable and interesting.  Some of you will find articles that directly involve your ancestors or relatives.
For each of the excerpts, we have provided a Swedish to English translation (by Google) and a LINK to the SweAme website record for the individuals mentioned.

You can access and read these tweets in the SweAme “Histories” section at
(Histories - Texas Posten Tweets).

This LINK above jumps you a list of some of these “short burst of inconsequential information” newspaper articles. 
Of course, one big difference between today’s tweets and the Texas Postens tweets is “timing”.  Today they are near instantaneous.  Yesterday – Texas Posten era – they were delayed for a few days, if not weeks, or months.  Maybe we should call them “delayed tweets”.  Or then, maybe just “dweets”. J

David Borg

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