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Twitter was invented in 1935

May 20, 2009

Not exactly…

But a service quite similar to Twitter known as the “Notificator” was available to the public in 1935.

I wonder if this is where Jack Dorsey of Twitter got his inspiration.

How cool is this?


Robot Messenger Displays Person-to-Person Notes In Public
Source: Modern Mechanix (August 1935)

TO AID persons who wish to make or cancel appointments or inform friends of their whereabouts, a robot message carrier has been introduced in London, England. Known as the “notificator,” the new machine is installed in streets, stores, railroad stations or other public places where individuals may leave messages for friends.

The user walks up on a small platform in front of the machine, writes a brief message on a continuous strip of paper and drops a coin in the slot. The inscription moves up behind a glass panel where it remains in public view for at least two hours so that the person for whom it is intended may have sufficient time to observe the note at the appointed place. The machine is similar in appearance to a candy-vending device.

Maybe they should dust those bad boys off and give them another go.

H/T José M. Guardia @Barcepundit (via The Next Web)

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One Comment
  1. May 25, 2009 8:40 am


    Nothing new under the sun, huh?

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