Learning to Be Concise

It seems like such an arbitrary limitation: all you can write is 140 characters! But that’s actually a sentence or two, and you already say useful things that would consist of 140 characters all the time. Really, you do.

What Twitter does is teach you brevity, and to get to the point. We don’t promise that this skill comes easily (and note that this advice is offered by two people who were willing to write 100,000 words), but it does come with practice.

Focus first on what you want to communicate to your followers, a topic we get to in the next chapter. It’s more important to say something interesting and useful, initially, than to worry about how to say it with elegance, wit, and verve. Not to mention to fit it in a little ...

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