I love the conversations I have from a variety of different people, people with whom I otherwise wouldn’t have spoken. I love using it as a tool for reporting.
But there’s something especially intriguing about only have the space of 140 characters to get your thought across. You see people very often shortening words and using abbreviations to fit their thoughts into 140 characters. But I think everyone stops to rethink what they’re writing.
Thinking about your word choices is important to writing. Tight writing is essential. Overwrite something and you’ll bore your readers or, worse, confuse them. It’s why I think, among other reasons, posting on Twitter is a good exercise for writers.
It’s not microblogging. It’s macroblogging. Every post is required to be at least 1,400 characters. That’s 10 times the maximum number for Twitter.
I typed about 500 characters when I gave up. I felt ridiculous writing that much. But then again, I don’t abbreviate that much on Twitter. Tell Ernest Hemingway you can’t be eloquent in 140 characters. He probably could tell us more in that space than anyone else. But there could be room for it.
According to the CNET article:
When you look at the site’s three principles of woofing, you begin to believe that Woofer truly will be the salvation of the language: “1. Be eloquent. 2. Use adverbs. 3. DEA (don’t ever abbreviate),” the site says.
If you read what would be the “trending topics” on Twitter, the most popular woofs are some of the most eloquently written passages from literature and famous speeches from “Moby Dick” to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.
But save the language? I have a hard time believing that.