Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2012 21:28 UTC
In the News A few months ago, I wrote an article about comments, in which I said, among others things, that Twitter can never replace comments because not only is it effectively a one-to-one communication channel, Twitter messages are also far too short to foster any form of coherent conversation. Over the weekend, a silly link-bait story illustrated my point perfectly.
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RE: 140 characters
by Doc Pain on Mon 26th Mar 2012 04:45 UTC in reply to "140 characters"
Doc Pain
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I find twitter to be a complete waste of the web. I actually like the concept, but Twitter itself is stupid. This is the internet, not a cel phone messaging system. There is no reason to limit people to 140 characters at all.


Ah, I see that's why a single "Tweet" requires 2 MB of web traffic. That's 14 kB per character, or "15,000 for one", assumed that we are talking about 1-byte characters (recalculate for 2-byte UTF-8 encoding). :-)

http://mike.teczno.com/notes/bandwidth.html

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