Is Twitter Forcing Us Into 140 Character Writing Hell?

By M. David Peterson
August 14, 2008 | Comments: 2

So here's a pretty simple question: What kind of an impact is Twitter having on us as a society? Good? Bad? Indifferent?

I ask because as of late I've noticed that my own style of writing has fallen victim to the "write as much as you can in 140 characters or less." And for those of you familiar with my writing style, writing one of my arguments in 140 characters or less is like attempting to park a Hummer into a sub-compact parking space: It just doesn't fit no matter how many angles you come at it from. (read: No matter how many follow-up tweets you make in attempt to clarify the original tweet.)

So what about you? Is your writing style being affected by Twitter? If yes, do you see this as good, bad, or indifferent? If bad, what's the fix?


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2 Comments

I think twitter has seriously improved blogging. You can read a lot of the blog 'planets' now and not be attacked by as many mundane entries such as 'Rented Batman tonight'. Which would have been accompanied with a long useless review of the movie.

Also, there's nothing wrong with being concise, a modern day Mark Twain would probably say "I didn't have time to write a tweet, so I wrote a blog."

@Jackson,

Nice follow-up! I can't help but agree with:

>> Also, there's nothing wrong with being concise, a modern day Mark Twain would probably say "I didn't have time to write a tweet, so I wrote a blog."

:D

So then in my particular case I wonder if the answer might be: "If it forces you to be more concise, that's at very least progress!"? ;-)


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