Twitter is another well-know social media and social networking website as well as a microblogging service. One of the advantages of using Twitter is that members can write posts called “tweets” that are limited to 140 characters. To get an idea of just how brief a “tweet” actually is, here is an example: “Peter Piper picked a pack of pickled peppers. How many packs of pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? He picked one pack of pickled peppers.” As you can see, it is comprised of just a few condensed sentences. In a fast-paced society such as ours, where individuals want access to information at a moment’s notice and cannot be bothered to long-winded posts, the ability to send short, concise messages is paramount.
However, what might seem like an advantage for some people may be a disadvantage for others. Writing a successful post that contains all the essential information you wish to communicate without being wordy is a lot harder than it appears. Like most anything else, it is a skill that takes time to develop and perfect. Is it possible to transmit any type of message that is straight to the point with just 140 characters? Or do some ideas, due to their complexity, unavoidably require more space? Regardless of the answer, some people will prefer to join a social media and social networking website such as Facebook that will give them the opportunity to freely express themselves without any bothersome constraints.
The limitations placed on messages are defining features of the website. They are what make Twitter, essentially Twitter. Without them, I believe the site would probably blend in with other social media and social networking sites and lose its unique touch. Twitter appeals to a certain type of writer, communicator, and overall audience. It is up to you to figure out if Twitter is the right platform for you.