So maybe this isn’t entirely like Twitter, but think about it, a telegram was a way to send a quick, short message to one or more people. Imagine today telling someone that you’ll probably be home this weekend, it would be a 15 second ordeal between a text, tweet or phonecall. But with a telegram, you had to go to Western Union or some other wire service, give them your message, they’d wire it, print it on the other end, then track down the address finally delivering it to its intended recipient. This could take hours or days just to communicate about 140 characters to someone. Now you can send out a message like this to millions of people and they all get it within seconds. That part of Twitter is amazing; what it actually gets used for, usually, not so much.
Anyway, cool old telegram from Cabell’s dad.