[Disclaimer: incoming prerequisite food segue alert.]
See that juicy dish above? It's flank steak with salad, a few bits of bacon and blue cheese drizzled over by a nice mustard and cider vinegar dressing. Made it last night in 20 minutes. Very simple.
Twitter is still simple. For now. But all hell broke loose yesterday when it was announced that it may be considering a 10,000-character limit for tweets.
I literally said, "What the eff?" when I read that.
As a writer for the last 20+ years, I relish putting my thoughts down on the medium of the day. Whether it's a blog post of a few hundred words, a magazine article anywhere from 1,000-10,000 words or a book of 100,000 words, it's what I love to do and have been lucky enough to make a living from it.
So when Twitter came along -- back in the day when Social Media Guru was still on people's LinkedIn profile -- I was really confused. I couldn't understand how to get all my thoughts and opinions into a scant 140 characters (not even words). I struggled with it for a while and wasn't a fan.
But then I realized after following the early adopters that, yes, you don't need to blah blah blah for ages to get your point across. As someone who likes to cut to the chase, this was perfect for me!
I became a special ops tweeter = get in, get the job done fast and get out. Then onto the next 140 mission.
The aim now was to make full use of that limited space, and it became a fun challenge. Real-time self copy editing came to the fore ... "thanks" became "thx" ... say goodbye to "the," "a" and em dash. It was like the wild west of writing.
And now I'm hooked. And now Twitter may be trying to change into something it's just not. A mini blogging platform.
Please, Jack, reconsider.