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For a company that launched nearly 6 years ago with a current count of over 350 million users, you’d think Twitter would expand their 140 character limit to match those big numbers, but that doesn’t seem like it will be happening any time soon. The addictive service continues to remain a microblogging, social networking site for now at least.
Being confined to 140 characters may seem impossible especially if you’re not used to being told when to stop talking, but trying to mash your thoughts into the length of a tweet is half the fun of Twitter. Plus, there’s always Facebook for your long-winded rants.
Try these tricks b4 u strt drppn more vowels than a Fall Out Boy song and usin more abbreviations than AIM evr allowd.
You may be saying “amper-what?” since an ampersand is rarely used in the daily writing process. You probably use a similar type of thing when Professor Whatshisname is spewing off more information than your mind can process in order to shorten the length of time it takes to copy down notes, but it can also be used to shorten the length of your tweets. An ampersand in place of each “and” gives you two extra characters per conjunction.
A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case 140 characters. Try instagramming your Starbucks with a simple smiley or hashtag instead of going in to an in-depth description of how whipped your cream is or how chocolately that mocha tastes.
You’ve constructed the perfect tweet, or so you thought. There’s that looming “-1” where the “Tweet” button should be, but you can’t figure out what to cut from your masterpiece. Try dropping the period at the end. You (probably) won’t be graded on the grammatical quality of your tweets, so no one will even notice your lack of periods or even the missing apostrophes in your conjunctions or commas that disappeared between thoughts.
Synonyms“Rad” works just as well as “awesome” or “fantastic.” It’s as
It’s okay to be “that” person sometimes. The purpose of hashtags is to trend topics on Twitter, but they can also be used with no intent of trending anything. If your tweet is too long, try omitting some of it and summarizing it in a hashtag. #thingsyoushouldrarelydoblog comments powered by Disqus