Okay, I’m about to tell you something outrageous here, and I want to make sure that you’re going to be alright when I tell you.
Make sure you’re sitting down when you read the paragraph after this. I would not recommend reading this on your phone while walking home from the bus when you live on a busy street and you know you should really be looking where you are going. Grab your cat and pull it over. Make sure you have a firm grip on your cup of coffee. Unless you’re one of those weird people who doesn’t drink coffee. In which case, yuck.
Anyway, for the thingy: Twitter, and its 140 character limit, is actually alright.
It is now three weeks later. I’m being hunted for mass murder just by saying that. Yes, it was a fucking mistake ever typing that. I realise that now.
I’m sitting on my bed, typing this out and waiting for my door to be kicked down by the angry mobs who need to tell me why Twitter needs to expand its character limit to something like 10,000.
I never could really understand why this is a thing that we need to do. Twitter is a microblogging service, and always has been. It’s for content that is more like text messages more than long form blog posts.
Once we remove that we remove part of its appeal because we’re apparently getting shorter attention spans or something like that. But I think this is a load of bull because OH MY GOD LOOK AT THAT SHINY THINY OVER THERE :D!
And there’s another appeal in a tweets shortness. Not just in the fact that your single tweet could somehow hypothetically reach millions of people, but in its limits.
I like to call it writing in tight corners. You can make your own little poetry and cut down the words to only what you need. For example:
If a character’s true form is an amorphous and shapeless black shadowy blob thingy can I consider the thing a waifu?
Can be cut down to:
If a character’s true form is a shapeless black shadowy blob can it still be considered a waifu?
The second one is more succinct than the first one. It gets the point across all the same.
Or I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong and it will bomb spectacularly unless it improves, and we’ll all move to something like app.net or our own microblogging service that we make on our good old fashioned blogs.
I’ll check back in another ten years and see how it’s going.