The Art of the Tweet

There were several interesting articles in yesterday’s New York Times about Twitter and the impact it has on writing and should have on the teaching of writing.

The first was an op-ed titled, Teaching to the Text Message, about how important it is for teachers to encourage students to write succinctly, as a new writing world has been ushered in through social media and micro-blogging. The author wrote:

“Rewarding concision first will encourage students to be economical and innovative with language.”

The second piece, titled, How Do I Love Thee? Count 140 Characters, was about the rise of Twitter poetry.

Indeed, there’s an art to being concise, brief, to the point, without cutting out all the fun of language. My ninth writing tip talks about the importance of omitting unnecessary words in your writing, without sacrificing flavor and nuance.

As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet:

“…brevity is the soul of wit,
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes…”

So the next time I complain that Twitter, as well as texting and Facebook, is wreaking havoc on my spelling and grammar, I have to remember it’s helping to make my creativity soar. And that’s never a bad thing.


4 thoughts on “The Art of the Tweet

  1. So interesting to think about a link between tweeting, texting and creativity. Thanks for posting a link to the Times article! As for my family, I can guarantee there’s a whole lot of creativity–at least judging from the number of texts!

  2. Thanks for the interesting post. Being precise is certainly a skill and I couldn’t help thinking about the shortest poem that I know about (although I will stand corrected if someone knows a shorter one). It goes as follows:


    The poet in question was one Muhammad Ali.

    Best wishes,


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