Sometime in November 2017, Twitter doubled the number of characters allowed to appear in a “post”. I haven’t written yet about it because a lot of others did and the same article appeared without shame on a hundred websites. Also the interface slightly changed, the characters number was replaced with a sort of a counting wheel. Is it a good thing? We’ll see. Twitter always, from the beginning wanted to be considered a micro-blogging platform.
It is said that micro-blogging is a more concise form of blogging, the focused version of blogging, actually. Some internet gurus consider both blogging and micro-blogging, parts of social media. Most dictionaries define a blog as a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style. Both WordPress and Blogger have tried to create some connection between blog readers, but I do not consider blogging a form of social media. I don’t invite readers to log into my blog, I only invite them to subscribe to my posts and comment if they feel they have to.
Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, called “tweets.” The model was inspired by the GSM’s Short Message Service, invented by the late Matti Makkonen. A text has 160 characters, a Tweet was like a text where one deduces 20 characters for the handle. The beauty of it consists exactly in focusing the message, news or “status” in 140 characters.
Microblogging is a combination of blogging and instant messaging that allows users to create short messages to be posted and shared with an audience online. These short messages can come in the form of a variety of content formats including text, images, video, audio, and hyperlinks.
Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram are considered the most famous forms of a micro-blogging platform. Vine and FriendFeed are now defunct micro-blogging platforms, but they were largely used at a time. Vine helped the creation of some celebs who moved their audience to youtube, and became famous overnight. Instagram has its own celebrities, and my meaning is that apart from the universally known celebrities, actors, models, journalists, whatever, there is one more category of people with their fans almost only on Instagram. They don’t have their websites or separate youtube channels, they are just Instagram celebs, followed by over 100k and living by that. If they do something practical, one learns that on Instagram, not on Wikipedia or IMDB.
Twitter lost its spark and I don’t know why. People ceased to react at tweets anymore, or at least they don’t react as before, it’s all an amalgam of lost voices. The characters number increase is a desperate measure to invite new users who never got what Twitter was about. They couldn’t think or imagine something important in only 140 characters. Now they have 280 to use and to say what they feel they have to say: praises, greetings, hashtags… A picture with a legend, a link from a website where the image is extracted and your tweet appears as an abbreviate genuine blog post, don’t really need more than 140 characters. It is obvious that the increase is for the others, not for the actual users. Hallucinatory is that a direct message can have 10k characters.
The only good thing is that Twitter has its own business type of accounts and if you want response to your tweets, you have to pay, as you do on Facebook. My feelings changed dramatically over the last years, and it’s not my fault. I wrote how and what exactly in previous posts. Now, my favorite micro-blogging platform is Instagram, even if it is far away from being perfect.
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