Commodore VIC-20 becomes the oldest computer to tweet
20th February 2010
On the 20th February 2010 at approximately 11:06 AM, former Brantford Expositor city editor Richard Beales sent a tweet from a Commodore VIC-20. Released in 1981, the VIC-20 is the oldest computer that anyone has used to send a tweet.
Syd Bolton, the curator of the Canadian Personal Computer Museum wrote the code that allowed this ancient computer to connect to the modern internet. Why anyone would want to enable a VIC-20 to send a tweet is not immediately obvious, but Syd explained his motives as follows:
"For me, it was an engineering experiment. Taking a computer that was almost 30 years old and integrating it into modern society was all the drive I needed."
The tweeting VIC-20 can be found at the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Canada and is still the oldest computer ever to tweet.
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