As the old saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.”
And Twitter’s 140-character limit necessitated an embrace of brevity.
Some folks have turned that Twitter brevity into an art form — Iowahawk, Ben Shapiro, Paul Joseph Watson, exjon among them.
Several weeks ago, Twitter decided to test-market doubling the character count to 280.
And now they’ve expanded who gets the 280-character “upgrade.”
Nobody was clamoring for it. An edit feature? Yeah. They’ve been clamoring for an edit feature for years. But twice the character count? Not so much.
I think the 280-character “upgrade” is a disaster.
To borrow from Shakespeare: Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit. And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief: Twitter has become soulless.
Insufferable Leftists are now able to be twice as insufferable.
Case in point this mind bogglingly stupid tweet from Sulu:
Under the auspices of the United Federation of Planets, we not only have universal health care, we have free, universal education, housing, and food, as well as strict control of dangerous phasers. Political parties voluntarily disbanded long ago after all humans became educated.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 8, 2017
And the best takedowns for this moronic observation took less than 140 characters:
In Narnia, some people have magic powers and there's a talking lion who acts like Jesus. Your point? https://t.co/7lPiCEB2VA
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 9, 2017
What does the "fi" in sci-fi stand for? https://t.co/CtHvnHPlLZ
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) November 9, 2017
That’s because brevity is the soul of wit.
And if we thought the tweets about “woke children” were bad before, imagine them now with a 280-character limit.
Actually you don’t have to imagine it:
When my four year old son, Mateo Ali said to me during the 2016 election that he wants to be @HillaryClinton when he grows up, that’s all I needed to hear to know how impactful she has been and will be on our country’s future. #ThankYouHillary from the bottom of my heart.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) November 8, 2017
And once again, the smack down is glorious in its brevity:
So a corrupted and completely unlikable shitty politician? Poor kid https://t.co/7xLTdQKksk
— Mujahed Kobbe (@Moj_kobe) November 8, 2017
If I ever discover that I can prattle on for 280 characters, I’ll continue to limit my tweets to under 140.
Or at least, I’ll try. Unfortunately, Twitter made it impossible to know:
I shudder to think of how many emojis Cher and Bradley Manning will be able to stuff into these “new and improved” 280-character tweets.
Then again, shhhh, I don’t want to give them any ideas.
But what does it say about Twitter that the only “upgrade” they provide is one that nobody was asking for?
And the one upgrade people have been demanding – an edit option – is ignored?
We’re not going to let you edit. But here! Now you can tweet out twice the number of misspelled words! You’re welcome!
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