Okay, so to all the people who think that we are hip and modern and into the newest technology – namely Twitter – hear this. Twitter goes back to the Ancient Book of Books, the Bible.
That’s right. Indeed, that proverb that declares that nothing new is under the sun applies even to the internet phenomonen Twitter. I discovered the word Twitter, while reading in the book of Isaiah. Consider:
Isaiah 38:14 in the New American Standard Bible version:
Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter;
I moan like a dove;
My eyes look wistfully to the heights;
O Lord, I am oppressed, be my security.
Dictionary.com uses the following to define the word twitter:
1. to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird.
The creators of the popular Twitter internet service, which was launched in 2008 as a way to post short messages, has it right that they use a bird as its representation. As the Bible uses the simile,
Like a swallow, like a crane, so I twitter, the short messages that individuals post are called tweets, which is the sound that birds make. It has become a modern popular cultural phenomenon.
So, next time you tweet on Twitter, remember the Book of Books.