In Which The Irish Invent Twitter, 1984


And email.

And the fax machine.

Found in the bowels of the EU broadcasting archives.

Gay Byrne introduces a new invention from a company called TextTel from Ennistymon, Co Clare, on The Late Late Show in May,1984. And uses it to send a self-deprecating proto-Tweet (3.30).

The nameless invention had been ordered by the thousand, mostly from the US, Textel’s founder Kevin Neville tells Byrne.

Anyone know what happened next?

Watch here.

Thanks Jack Jones