Have Twitter and Facebook with their word limits dumbed us down to symbolic subtlety? Do icons like smiley faces shorthand our deeper emotions into cliche?
I am a novelist and have problems with word limits. If someone tells me I am limited to 4000 words, I feel caged in. If I am told I have 350 words, I feel censored. 140 characters, that's a press release headline. But these days, I am getting used to Facebook word limits. It is a good exercise in editing, forcing me to stick to the most relevant part of the post and to not go off into side issues and anecdotes. I have not yet mastered Twitter. That is advanced abbreviated writing, requiring adeptness at acronyms, iconic faces, and alll kinds of *$%^$##. The prerequisite course is haiku.
Causes Amy Tan Supports
Self Help for the Elderly
Squaw Valley Community of Writers
San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Opera