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On today’s Tech Help for Churches, Twitter: Why only 140 characters and how do I tweet shorter

Sometimes people wonder why tweets are so short. Part of it is that twitter started as a text-message only platform. They reserved 20 characters from the 160 character limit and so there were only 140 left.

So how do you make the most of those? Tweet the most important piece of information. Swap “and” for “&”. Remove extra spaces. Try text speak such as “b” instead of “be” or “l8tr” instead of “later”. Also, try looking for shorter synonyms.

Whatever you do, don’t use a twitter lengthener. They’re really annoying. It’s better to tweet a link to a blog post.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.