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How to Tweet from Another Century

Pretty interesting talk about how the modern Twitter phenomenon has its antecedents in Medieval Scandinanvian rune-sticks, which were used to jot down little bits of information such as:

  • “Gyða says you should go home.”
  • “They are both living together, Clumsy-Kari and and Vilhjalm’s wife.”
  • “Ingebjorg loved me when I was in Stavanger.”
  • “Arni the priest wants Inga.”
  • “I love another man’s wife so much that fire seems cold to me.And I am that woman’s lover.”
  • “I would rather visit the mead-houses more often!”

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