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Why Twitter should never go beyond 140

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For the sake of good writing, I hope Twitter never ups the amount of characters allowed per tweet.

Wait, what? Let me explain:

For starters, there are plenty of forums where you can write as much as you want. For another thing, people use Twitter because it speeds up communication.

Most importantly, though, Twitter forces you to get the damn point across.

Forget all the complaints about textspeak and shorthand. Twitter is the only communication device that makes you think about what you’re writing, because you have such a small space to say what you want.

Bring on natural retweets, expanded tweets and whatever-the-hell-else, just don’t ever change that base number.

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