There are some tweeps out there who disregard and disrespect the limit. “140 characters, you say, little bird? Pah! I will use another tweet and have 280 characters to continue a single thought! Stick that in your nest!” Thinking they beat the system, they go on and on like the Facebook status that never ends.
Don’t these rebels know how ineffective it is to use multiple tweets? By the time the second – or third or fourth – tweet it fired off, it is miles behind its already forgotten countertweets, requiring followers to go and find the missing puzzle pieces. Sure, it may direct people to your profile (doubtful) but what’s the point of that? Most likely your followers already saw the punch line and won’t bother looking for the joke.
Just like credit scores and cholesterol levels, it is important to closely monitor your tweet character count. Therefore, tweeples need to learn how to express themselves within the boundaries of the twitterlaw. Each tweet needs to be able to fly on its own. A single topic can be carried over into other tweets, but this requires a flock, a conversation involving more than one twerp, and engaging other tweeps to contribute.
Here are my suggestions for tweeting inside the box:
Wrong: We saw so many celebrities on our trip to Hollywood! My brotherstalked Mariska Hargitay’s ears off!
VERY wrong: Just got done delivering Christmas presents to the orphanage! The childrenslaughter made me feel so good.
Right: We saw so manycelebrities on our trip to Hollywood! My brothers talked Mariska Hargitay’s ears off!
Very right: Just got done deliveringChristmas presents to the orphanage! The children’s laughter made me feel so good.
See what I did there? I went from murderer to saint in the matter of a single space.
Of course, all these rules are objective and can be altered to your personal tweeting style. But by following these rules, following your heart, and following @StephLough, you’ll be on your way to a protweep in no time.
Note: All tweets are fictional. These tweets have not actually been tweeted by @StephLough