That sounds like the internet to us, but folks in 19th century Texas would see that as the description of a newspaper.
Every town with a few hundred people had one. Bigger towns, with populations of 2000 or more might have three.
Newspapers back then would note the comings and goings of people, who was having visitors from other parts, who was currently away. Not to mention marriages, deaths, major purchases and just plain gossip...things we would think of as an invasion of privacy today.Newspaper as Social Media (albeit in a very top down form.)
Larger papers would compile an index of current local prices for a long list of consumer goods. These lists would note which items where scarce, which plentiful and which where in the greatest demand. This gave the public knowledge of what they should expect to pay, and let merchants know where the greatest opportunities lay, helping markets to equilibrate more efficiently. Newspaper as price engine.
Each issue would also contain ads by stage lines, packet boats, and railroads giving schedules, rates and soliciting business. Newspaper as travel site.
And finally, politics. Anybody who thinks the internet has inaugurated new heights in partisanship doesn't know the history of journalism. Nineteenth century newsmen made no pretense of impartiality. Most newspapers where publicly aligned with one faction or another.Newspaper as community organizer.
The nineteenth century also had its email equivalent. It was the penny postcard. Mail was delivered twice a day in Texas cities. You could send a postcard out in the morning mail inviting your friends to dinner and receive their replies in the afternoon.