I’ve been a fan of National Library of New Zealand’s Papers Past website for so long, and written about it on this blog enough times now, that I shouldn’t even need to introduce such blog posts like this.
But, briefly, I recently came across a neat new Twitter account called News in Brief (@nibnz), which pulls snippets of text from New Zealand’s newspaper archives (held, naturally, by Papers Past) and presents them to its followers as little bursts of interesting and often amusing tweets.
I’m not sure who is behind the account (although I have my suspicions), but it’s well worth a follow whether you’re into NZ history, historical newspapers, or just history generally.
Some of the tweets bring to mind the kinds of messages you see in city-building videogames like Transport Tycoon or Sim City – things about stations being built in some remote city – whilst others just have that rather amusing air of silliness so often found in brief news stories from a century ago.
The only improvement I could think of would be a short URL link to the original article – but for the most part this is unnecessary and I suppose a quick text search would find the article in question.
Aside from that, I’m a big fan.
Some recent examples:
Sir Julius Vogel is to leave London for New Zealand on the 26th instant. His visit is in connection with the laying of a new cable.
— News in Brief (@nibnz) July 30, 2012
Sir Arthur Blyth wants Englishmen to learn a little more about Australian geography.
— News in Brief (@nibnz) July 27, 2012
An English paper says that the Australian Eleven’s marvellous skill in catching came from the size of their hands. This is unkind.
— News in Brief (@nibnz) July 25, 2012
Mr. R. C. Reid, proprietor of the West Coast Times, is about to install the electric light in his office at Hokitika.
— News in Brief (@nibnz) July 6, 2012