When it's done well ...

Lots of people try, and not very many succeed, in turning the 140 character limit of a tweet into an art form.

An article from PC Magazine from 2011 suggests that we can become better writers if we follow certain tips for writing to Twitter, but "better" in this case doesn't seem to refer to being more interesting to read, or getting a point across in a novel manner. All we get are 15 suggestions to whittle down what we want to write so that we can pack more information into a short tweet. And it seems that lots of people aren't happy with having to do that, so Twitter has been considering doing away with the 140 character limit. An article in Quartz from October of this year argues that doing so is a bad idea. We can become better writers if we learn to work within the confines of that limit:

Far from stifling user expression, however, these parameters have taught us to develop our own unique style and flow. With practice, you learn how to use the limit to your advantage. For those who like to use Twitter for comedic reasons, the pressure to be swift and impactful is intensified, and punch lines become amplified as much by what’s left unsaid than what is said.
I've tried to make the character limit work for me, and I admit that I rarely succeed. I'm jealous of those who do, and meanwhile I try to work from the opposite direction, adding link to link to link and hoping that something interesting and worthwhile comes out of that.

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