It hasn’t yet made it into the official Merriam-Webster Dictionary, but they are keeping an eye on it.  What exactly is a “tweetstorm”?  Although not officially a word as far as the dictionary is concerned, “tweetstorm” is a social media phenomena — a barrage of quick tweets (140-character missives).  In early America husband and wife had their own version of a modern-day tweetstorm — via a very public forum in local newspapers, cause for much tongue-wagging.

Fun Fact:  Did you know “texting” was used in the 1800s?  Oh, yes it was!  Look for an article on that early American “social media phenomenon” in a future issue of Digging History Magazine.

These notices were paid advertisements usually posted by the husband, but not always.  Sometimes the wife got the first lick.  The more entertaining ones were the back-and-forth exchanges (he said… she said) over a period of days and weeks, having it out on the classified advertisement page. These are potentially “genealogical gold”.  Why is that?

 You didn’t really think I was going to give you the answer did you?  We’re selling magazines here! 🙂

Read the entertaining article in this month’s issue of Digging History Magazine, on sale here by single issue or here by subscription.