Twitter: 140 Characters to Get Your Message Out

by Dan Hutson on March 28, 2009


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Copyblogger has a good post on how Twitter can help develop your writing skills.

Twitter poses a great challenge: how to communicate something of value in 140 characters or less. Unfortunately there are a lot of twits out there who use it as a stream-of-consciousness sharing of their every thought. That’s also the problem I have with Facebook, by the way—too much sharing without thinking. Repeat after me: Not every thought I have is worth sharing.

Whether you’re promoting a  business, a cause or just yourself, Twitter can be a powerful tool … but only if you’re offering content of value. Otherwise you’re just adding more noise to the cacophony.


Dan Hutson April 7, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I’ve certainly found people who are using Twitter in interesting ways. But separating the wheat from the chaff is always an arduous process, whatever the medium.

Gavin Heaton April 5, 2009 at 5:03 pm

For all the noise on Twitter, there are some moments of brilliance – written by people who have tapped into something profound. Of course, it is entirely dependent on context – but you are right, Twitter sharpens your writing skills. If you can get your point across in 140 characters then you are doing well.

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