short-form writing

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short-form writing

The limits imposed on the length of a single text message (160 characters) or a tweet (originally 140 and then 280 characters). It also refers to brief posts on Facebook and blogs. See SMS and Twitter.
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If you lose 140 characters, people are like, 'Eh.' If you lose $140 or even $1.40, it's important.
With the previous limit in place, 9 percent of tweets hit 140 characters. But during the test of expanded tweets, only 1 percent of tweets hit 280 characters, Twitter added.
NYT SYNDIATE The first sentence of this article about Twitter was written in 140 characters, so we can show what has long been the top length of a tweet.
We asked our readers the ideal character length for a tweet and 62 per cent of people said 140 characters. This change gives people more space to ramble on, which goes against the fundamental concept of Twitter: brevity.
In September, Twitter had announced that it would double its character count for tweets -- from 140 characters to 280 characters -- albeit, for some of its users.
The previous limit of 140 characters, which has existed since Twitter was launched in 2006, has led to "cramming" in most languages, meaning users have to edit or even leave out words to make their messages fit.
Say goodbye to 140 characters and the countdown that used to appear next to your working tweets, it's all about 280 characters and a slowly filling circle now.
"I'm a city rat turned country mouse" Entertainer and animal lover Paul O'Grady, who has left London to live in rural Kent "I'm not conventionally pretty and I'm also quite coarse, and I've also got a very big mouth, and if anyone had tried that with me I would have probably head-butted them and reported them to the police" Actress and film director Kathy Burke, when asked if she had suffered sexual harassment during her career "During my time as an MP I never mastered the capacity to leave a good impression or sculpt my public image in 140 characters" Gordon Brown, former Labour prime minister "Rain.
'We understand since many of you have been Tweeting for years, there may be an emotional attachment to 140 characters - we felt it, too.
Just 0.4% of tweets in Japanese have 140 characters, which is a "considerable difference to 9% of English tweets having 140 characters", the company said.
Oh Nigel, how it must pain you to hold back on those 140 characters and write what you really want to say.
Sometimes there's drama when a celeb comes out, and sometimes it's said in 140 characters or less.