Twitter: Only social media that tasks us intellectually
There is no gainsaying in the fact that Twitter is perhaps the only social media platform that challenges us intellectually to say a lot without saying much, be it making a statement, dispensing information or flaunting your intellect, sense of humour or sarcasm.
Back in 2006, when the micro-blogging site was born, it felt strange to speak our mind in short, crisp sentences not exceeding the 140 character limit and it took some getting used to. We trained ourselves for a decade and we can say we did a damn good job of it.
On the other hand, there always existed a certain section of people who felt stifled with this character limit. In September, Twitter began testing out its 280 character limit with select users (tens of millions of users, according to company spokesperson Will Stickney) and claimed the test proved out the company’s theory that giving people more room to tweet results in more engagement. On Wednesday, the 280 character limit doors were open to all. This move received bouquets as well as brickbats.
Most people are used to the initial 14 characters for who this will take time to adjust to. Also, some people claim to appreciate Twitter for the word limit which makes it simple and concise for writers and readers.