Original Twitter

Twitter gives you 140 characters to say what you want to say.

Predecessors to Twitter used less.

“What hath God wrought?”
First message on the telegraph by Samuel Morse
22 characters long

“Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”
First message on the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell
41 characters long

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
First message from the moon by Neil Armstrong
58 characters

I wish I could be that profound in less than 140.

I’m usually not.

Some in the media are.

Businesses use twitter.

It’s got other uses too.

And we love it.

Do you twitter?

@orangejack

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  • pam

    No. But I just set up a Twitter account and follow one person so far…you. Woo hoo!!!

  • I love your character count on historic quotes. Great post. It’s a refreshing reminder of the power of brevity. I’ve become so used to the challenge of capturing my thoughts in 140 characters on Twitter that I often find myself slipping into that mode in email and other forms of communication. It’s certainly made my blog posts more concise. i think the restriction is one of the reasons Twitter is gaining so many new users outside of the early-adopter group. Minimal commitment is rapidly becoming a desired feature online.

  • yes i do.