Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Historical Landmark: Western Union Abandons Telegrams

Daniel Terdiman writes on the C|Net 'Missing Links' Blog:

The Internet strikes again.

First it mostly did away with brick-and-mortar auction houses. Then newspaper classifieds went the way of the Model-T Ford.

And now, thanks to the ubiquity of e-mail and instant messaging, Western Union is getting out of the telegram business, reports LiveScience.

That's like General Motors getting out of the car business. Or AT&T getting out of the phone business.

Well, in any case, after 145 years, Western Union finally decided its little telegram experiment was a dud.


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