So just what can you say in only 140 characters?
I mean it’s not even a standard SMS length (which I believe is 160 characters, of course I’m happy to be told that I’m wrong. Actually no I’m not, if you know better you can keep it to yourself), it’s certainly not an email (although being a man if I could find the emoticon for a grunt I could cut my emails in half!) and it is a long way from your average blog post.
So what on earth could you manage to convey in just those 140 characters?
Well thanks to the micro-blogging service Twitter in 140 characters you can say quite a lot!
- You can propose marriage
- Keep people up to date on the film Iron Man 2 from a very unique point of view
- Save people’s lives
- Get arrested
- Find out that the car has died at home and you are going to need a new battery
And that’s just scratching the very surface!
Everyone is talking about Twitter from Rove to Oprah and far be for me to argue with them, even Wolverine himself is getting in on the action!
So what about my examples?
Well it was reported that the potential first proposal on Twitter took place when this tweet (a tweet is a message on Twitter) was sent out:
To @emilychang – After fifteen years of blissful happiness I would like to ask for your hand in marriage? - http://twitter.com/maxkiesler/statuses/774352312
And then was answered with this tweet:
@maxkiesler – yes, i do! - http://twitter.com/emilychang/statuses/774352570
Awwwwww isn’t that sweet!
But didn’t you mention Iron Man 2!? Well yes I did, because you can follow the Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau as he makes the film and gives us very tiny insights into the process as he does it!
During the devastating Victorian bush fires the Country Fire Authority kept people advised of alerts via their Twitter feed which was reTweeted (when you republish someone else’s Tweet) by many Australian Twitterers (look that term could be made up – I don’t know what we call ourselves but it seems as good a term as any!).
In the ‘only in America’ category an Oklahoma City man announced on Twitter that he would turn an April 15 tax protest into a bloodbath? He was arrested by the FBI. Sadly I doubt this will be the last and certainly won’t only be in America
OK this is probably a more personal one, my wife dropped me off at the train station, got home and the car died. On my way into work I read about the dead battery and its replacement via Twitter on my iPhone.
Now Twitter is kind of like the Matrix, to fully understand Twitter you first must see it for yourself and I think everyone gets something a little different out of it.
Sign up an account and see how much you can say in only 140 characters!