The origins of Twitter
According to this article, Twitter may be the great-grandchild of the Notificator, born in England in the 1930’s. This public messaging system allowed users to post messages for two hours behind a glass window for a small fee. Once a coin was dropped, a strip of paper with your hand-written whereabouts, appointments or place of destination could be left for all to see.
The ‘Notificator’, as it was known, seems a lot like what people are doing today; short messages, set behind glass, left for all to see. What a clever invention of its time and a funny thing to know, that Twitter is a little older than we may have thought.