The easiest comparison is to look at the difference between text messaging and emailing. In an email, you can go on and on, with as much detail as you like. Whoever you email, will read your note, at their leisure, and if they have something to say back, will email you. Simple.
Text messaging is an abbreviated and very immediate form or electronic messaging. You typically have about 160 characters to send a message. Which means the more said with fewer characters, the better. That’s why you’ll see acronyms for just about everything, such as:
- LOL — Laugh Out Loud.
- 2moro — tomorrow.
- Ty — thank you.
- BFF — best friends forever
- cu l8r — see you later
and on and on. You can get very creative.
So, now, at Twitter, blogging gets 140 characters. That translates to about 2 sentences to grab someone’s attention. And the more creative the better. Instead of saying something like “Gave up the dessert. Just gotta lose some weight.”, you might say “Decadent chocolate cheesecake almost passed lips. But I’ve gotta get into size 10 by Friday…so just said NO to heaven.”
That description might cause someone else to take a second look and decide they needed to comment back to your micro-post or even head over to take a look at your blog. Personally, I’m nosy and I just love peeping into other people’s lives…which Twitter lets me do so well. There are even awards for best tweeters. It is a bit odd, when you first head over, but you’ll find it a lot of fun once you figure out how to play!