This article came just in time for me to re-evaluate whether or not to Tweet with my class. The claim is that “Twitter can make you a better writer.”
Twitter forces you to be concise, exercise your vocabulary and edit your work.
The concept of getting your message across in 140 characters is a daunting one for most of us. You want your message to be profound and thought provoking. You do not want to chop it up to the point that nobody knows what your message is. 140 characters is not a lot to work with. We teach our students to summarize but this is an authentic writing opportunity. This brief statement will be read by any/everyone.
So you have to work on your vocabulary and increase your word base. It helps if you have word choices to consider as you compose your 140 character message. That brings us to the editing portion of the article. It can’t be appreciated if it can’t be read. The text messaging of the past is over. You are not just talking to your BFF, you are talking to the WorldWideWeb. To insure that the message is heard and understood we have to write it, read it and re-write it.
I concur with all points of this article and intend to Twitter with wild abandonment. My kids will get extra credit stuff, reminders, kudo messages, etc. TweetsfromMsB will be using this tool as a means to give my students an opportunity to communicate with me and with each other.
How Twitter Makes You A Better Writer Copyblogger: “Twitter forces you to be concise
If you’ve ever used Twitter, you know that you have 140 characters to say whatever you want to say. Now keep in mind, I didn’t say 140 words—or even 140 letters—I said 140 characters.