John Quincy Adams Twitters His Way to St. Petersburg
On August 5, 1809, John Quincy Adams, future president, and son of a former president, set sail from Boston on his way to St. Petersburg. President James Madison had appointed Adams minister plenipotentiary to Russia. Like most learned men of that time, Adams kept a journal of his activities (like a blog) with lengthy descriptions of this thoughts and activities. In addition, he also kept a ledger with brief one-line-a-day entries (not unlike Twitter). Since August 5, 2009, the Massachusetts Historical Society has been posting John Quincy Adams's line-a-day diary entries on Twitter, exactly 200 years later.
They have also created a Google map to chart his progress (his shipboard Tweets included latitude and longitude):
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