Short and Tweet

Which of the following quotations do you think would get the most RE-Tweets?

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” – Douglas Adams


“It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.” – Isaac Asimov

Well, I suppose that depends on who’s reading your tweets and which one strikes them at that moment.

But let’s say that the votes are 50/50. Now which one do you think people are more likely to re-tweet?

I vote for the first.

Here’s why:

  • The first quote has 88 Characters and the second has 138.
  • Clicking “re-tweet” automatically bumps the numbers up to 101 and 151 (respectively) with the “RT @GRBliss: ” that Twitter inserts to credit the original “tweeter”.
  • Add a few more characters for hash tags – for example: #MyWANA #amwriting #coffee – and you’re now up to 129 and 179 characters.

Click photo to view full sizeEnd result: One has too many characters for Twitter!

Click the the “oops” photo sitting just left of here to see what I mean.

<-- Yeah, that one. Now, if you're just using Twitter for fun, fine. But if you're using it as a professional tool to extend your reach, then this might be something you want to consider when you tweet. My point is this:

Short and sweet is the tweet we re-tweet!
(Just for fun, try saying that five times, fast.)

Thanks for spending time with me today!

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