A year ago I wrote a blog called Words-Worth, which was a play on the name of the poet William Wordsworth.
Wordsworth wrote the famous Daffodils poem:
I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
For the rest of this lovely poem which seems appropriate for the beautiful weather we are having, see, http://www.bbc.co.uk/poetryseason/poems/daffodils.shtml
The reason for borrowing his name back then was simple – words are precious, they are worth something.
I used Twitter as an example of how as Twitter users we have to make each word count with the 140 character limit. I wrote:
Of course, the point of Twitter is, to get lots of information out there, quickly. The limit is 140 characters, and you will be glad to know that there are a few websites who are happy to give you advice about how to use Twitter effectively within the word limit.
So one year on has anything changed? Well a little bird told me…..
In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters.
I am not sure how I feel. As someone who loves words and writing I should be happy for more characters. However, writing within a limited framework helps to discipline you as a writer. If it wasn’t for time, I could write for hours. In this respect we all have to learn how to write as succinctly as possible, so that we don’t lose readers. Not every one will have time to read War and Peace.
With regard to the changes ahead with Twitter,we will just have to wait and see what happens. In the mean time though, we should always aim to make the words count!
I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions about who you are following on Twitter and why? You can follow PM Noble Consultancy Services – @PMNobleConsult on Twitter.