Microblogging was popular even in the 19th century

  • Twitter's revolutionary microblogging was introduced in 2006 but the concept had been in use before when people used small diaries to write short sentences, just like they do today on Twitter. 

    The diaries used back then were only 2 by 3 inches in size and were used in the same way as Twitter is today. 

    Lee Humphreys, assistant professor of communication at Cornell University said there is a connection between this social media network and the means of communication and expression back in the 19th century. 

    Humphreys and undergraduate student Seth Shaprio analyzed and compared military blogs of today and Civil War diaries and letters of the past. Their analysis showed that the same work had been done historically as well.

    "It isn't surprising that this hasn't changed," Humphreys said. 

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