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 subsider34 on Mon 26th Mar 2012 13:21 UTC in reply to "140 characters"
subsider34
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2010-11-08

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. It not only creates simple issues such as message length and encourages ridiculous bastardizations and shortcuts of language (fine for the rap subculture I suppose, but useless to the intelligent people in the world), but also requires you to use URL shorteners and all sorts of other crap just to attempt to get your words out.

I wholeheartedly agree. Twitter has been the source of so many evils: the proliferation of link redirectors, bad grammar, "register by tweeting" spam schemes, the debasement of top-level domains, etc.

Also, when I want to say something online, I want to say it in an intelligible, easily understandable manner. Something which Twitter, for all its hype, is ill suited for.

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