Twitter reimagines “Seinfeld” for the digital age

Elaine dates a freegan. Jerry gets hooked on “Game of Thrones.” And Twitter, that much-loved platform for pop-culture commentary, breathes new life into long-gone TV shows.

Much has been made of @SeinfeldToday, the (hilarious) new Twitter account that imagines modern shenanigans for Jerry, Kramer, George and Elaine. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the show, the account’s appeal is pretty obvious: Dated characters + modern follies = comedic gold.

Kramer is under investigation for heavy torrenting. Jerry’s new girlfriend writes an extremely graphic blog. George discovers Banh Mi.

— Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday) December 10, 2012

Elaine pretends to live in Brooklyn to date a cute, younger guy. Kramer becomes addicted to 5 Hour Energy. George’s parents get Skype.

— Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday) December 10, 2012

Kramer fights with an Apple Genius. Elaine dates a hot subway conductor. Jerry gets an offer to “ghost tweet” the Kelloggs feed.

— Modern Seinfeld (@SeinfeldToday) December 10, 2012

That formula helps explain why Twitter is so good at reanimating old characters we’ve otherwise forgotten. While @SeinfeldToday may be one of the highest-profile accounts in recent memory, @SeinfeldStories toiled in sad obscurity for more than a year before taking some time off this fall.

Jerry comes back from vacation to find out somebody stole his act.

— Michael R. (@SeinfeldStories) December 11, 2012

Plenty of other shows have also gotten the Twitter treatment — there’s @Carrie_Br4dshaw (“Sex in the City”), @MattAlbie60 and @DannyTripp60 (“Studio60 on the Sunset Strip”), and a whole cast of “West Wing” accounts, including the goldfish that Danny Concannon gave CJ in season one.

This fish has been watching too much TV.I just recognized Chef Elliot from Master Chef at the Obama HQ victory boparound.

— Gail The Goldfish (@GailTheThird) November 7, 2012

But the best example, and certainly the most dapper, doesn’t even come from TV. @OldHossRadbourn tweets the modern musings of Charles Gardner Radbourn, a 19th-century baseball player otherwise batting for obscurity. You probably never find yourself wondering what a 19th-century baseball player would tweet — and that’s exactly the charm.

Thank you all for the birthday wishes, which are useless as not one has come with a dram of spirits or comely lass.

— Old Hoss Radbourn (@OldHossRadbourn) December 11, 2012

In my day the swift blast from a Henry rifle was the only acknowledgment a true Texan would give a pretty lad like T. Brady.

— Old Hoss Radbourn (@OldHossRadbourn) December 11, 2012

What fictional characters would you like to see reborn on Twitter? Let us know in the comments. Or better yet, start tweeting.

Caitlin Dewey is The Post’s digital culture critic. Follow her on Twitter @caitlindewey or subscribe to her daily newsletter on all things Internet. (tinyletter.com/cdewey)

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