My favorite feature of Twitter is its tweet button: a little pixelated quill. I’ve often wondered why its founders chose that emblem.
What could possibly connect a 21st century mode of communication and a writing instrument that was popular in the West between the 6th and 19th centuries, before the invention of the dip pen, the metal-nib pen, the fountain pen, and the ballpoint pen?
The link is the feather, which is in keeping with Twitter’s avian logo. Quills were typically, made of goose feathers. Twitter’s, of course, is made of a substance that’s even lighter than feather.