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Crafting Your Tweets: How To Communicate Effectively On Twitter

By Edited Sep 19, 2016 1 1

Twitter has been a staple of the American New Media and a very exciting way to transmit news and entertainment to a massive audience. In mere minutes a news story can travel faster via "tweets" (twitter posts) than it ever could through any other medium. However, tweets are limited to 144 characters, which means that the author will need to communicate their message effectively in a small amount of word real estate.

With those limitations, how does one remain poignant and concise when tweeting? There are a few ways to maximize your message and not sacrifice clarity or butcher your native tongue with internet slang like 'u' (you) or 'r' (are).

Avoid Adjectives and Adverbs

Although fine in prose and everyday speech, if your tweets are running rather long you can try removing the adjectives and adverbs from them. This will free up a great amount of space if you're extremely wordy and usually won't affect the tweet's message in the slightest. I'm not saying that you should never use these tools of language, but if you're nearing the 144 character mark they should be the first things to go.



@chuckcallebs You're looking extremely handsome on this fine day, you marvelous young devil.


@chuckcallebs You're looking handsome on this day, you devil.

As you can see, removing those descriptors cut the tweet length by almost half (And it's pretty accurate if I do say so myself).

Changing Tenses and Combining Words

Another way to shorten your message is by changing your word tenses and combining your current words into new, shorter, more descriptive ones. This will largely cut out the fluff in your tweet and can even allow you to be more direct and to the point. Using the example above, we'll find how effective this method can be.


@chuckcallebs You're looking handsome on this day, you devil.


@chuckcallebs You look handsome today.

As you can see, this almost cut it in half again. The final sentence still carries the same amount of meaning as the first and is admittedly less corny. I think you'll find that your tweets will have similar results. It's amazing what we can communicate in 144 characters or less!

Using these tips, your tweets can be shorter and to the point without making you sound like you don't know how to speak your native tongue. I've actually found that crafting tweets for precision has helped me communicate in real life and given me a new state of mind on how to be direct and to the point with people. This helps immensely at work!



May 26, 2011 5:39pm
Excellent tips, I like that you didn't suggest using u for you and ur for your. No need to unnecessary adjectives, get to the point with your tweets!
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