Thursday, February 26, 2009

R.I.P. Genny Spencer

Earlier this month I mentioned that I had started following @Genny_Spencer's Twitter Feed. It's a real line-a-day diary of a young farm girl in 1937 posted to twitter by her grand-nephew (@griner)

Today's post:
Editor's Note: Genny Spencer passed away today, Feb. 26, 2009. My family thanks each of you for your interest in her life. —@Griner

I hadn't realized she was still alive.

David Griner, the aforementioned grand-nephew had just posted to his blog about the unexpected viral success of the feed. He expected only his friends and family would have any interest, but currently @genny_spencer has over 2300 followers. Why? Because it's a window into the past made visible to us through a new tool of technology. It's like a little mini time-machine into a time and world so foreign to us and yet delivered to us in a familiar modern way.

Even if you've never read a Twitter, don't want to, or don't know what it is, read some of hers:

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In 1789, the governor of Australia granted land and some animals to James Ruse in an experiment to see how long it would take him to support himself. Within 15 months he had become self sufficient. The area is still known as Experiment Farm. This is my Experiment Farm to see how long it will take me to support myself by writing.