`Twitter talk` existed in 19th century too

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 13:44

Washington: The new-age Twitter dates back to 2006 but communication experts have traced the ` tweet talk` back to the 19th century as a means of expressing one`s self.

According to a news website, the 140-character microblogging site Twitter was revolutionary when it was initiated but assistant professor of communication at Cornell University, Lee Humphreys believes that the same fashion of communication was already there in the early years of the 19th century.

Humphreys said that people in the 19th century used their diaries as a way of sharing their thoughts with friends and family and as the diaries were as small as 2 by 3 inches in size people wrote short sentences just as they do on Twitter.

She further explained that Twitter users took that invitation to limit their text, and found it, in fact, very liberating.

The report said that Humphreys and undergraduate student Seth Shaprio analyzed military blogs of today and Civil War diaries and letters of the past to highlight the differences and similarities between ` Twitter talk` and 19th century writing.


First Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 13:44

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