It is the trademark of Twitter to express its users’ thoughts and share information, among others only in 140 characters or less. That format makes this social networking site an unideal platform to tell long stories, more so novels.
But one engineer from Spain took to Twitter and published the entire novel “Don Quixote” by its famous author Miguel de Cervantes. And he did so 140 characters or less at a time.
The retired computer engineer named Diego Buendia started the tweet-fest on the fourth centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes on April 2016. He had the idea in August 2004 “while joking how great it would be to have the classics published on Twitter.”
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He is posting the tweets on a daily basis. But because it is an inconvenient task for the 56-year-old to do it by himself, he divided the novel into a total of 17,000 tweets.
Don Quixote’s 1,000-page long story is published in Spanish through the account with a Twitter handle @elquijote1605. The profile has a picture of white-washed windmills, which is a tribute to that one famous episode of the book about Don Quixote imagining the windmills as giants he is fighting.
Every day, the algorithm he created posts 28 fragments of the novel. This was read by the growing number of followers, marked at 13,000 as of posting.
Twitter has lots of bots generating thousands of tweets daily. Their task is to automate information sharing, and in this case, a piece of classic literature.
Source: Business Insider