Ancient Twitter Feed


Covfefe Tweet

The medieval Twitter post is taken from York Minster where there are lots of stained glass windows of birds. Some of these have scrolls coming out of their mouths with Latin text.

Trump Tweet

I thought it made a funny juxtaposition, the idea that these were very early tweets. After all medieval leaded lights were called the poor man’s bible and used as a way of communicating religious messages.

So here we have the traditional Twitter bird drawn in an 11th century style, with a scroll coming out if its mouth quoting the famous Trump nonsensical “covfefe” tweet of 2018. The comment, love, retweet and share buttons have also been given a retro look.


King John Tweet

#Magna Carta

Next I decided to look at a historical incident from a modern communications stand point. So I chose a tweet about the signing of the Magna Carta, in 1215, at Runnymede. The war between King John and the 25 Barons was finally ended with this treaty. I liked the idea of him referring to this important, historic scroll, in a Trumpesque way, as a “big document”, with the hashtag “Magna Carta”. The idea that the barons like it and then the 25 of them shared King John’s tweet is amusing.

The image of the bird is taken from a stained glass window in the Zouche Chapel at York Minster. However, I’ve painted it blue to represent the Twitter logo. The share, love and comment buttons are pretty much the same as the earlier ones, while the retweet is slightly different. The image combines both the elements of the cathedral’s leaded light and the Twitter format giving it a fascinating mixing of eras.


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