Twitter Promotes Short Emails

I must start by saying while I am sick of all the “Twitter and the Mainstream” news articles, this is the first in a series of articles about how Twitter has affected my life.

Today I write how Twitter has encouraged myself, and likely others, to write more concise emails. Yes, I embrace the irony of becoming to verbose in this article.

A few weeks ago I received the interoffice email describing successful emails. A few points I remember off the top of my head:
Be brief
Use a descriptive header
Use lists
Use mixed case

Now, compare this to Twitter,
Brevity is forced with a 140 character limit if not encouraged by reading other’s tweets.
The tweet is the header and we cover that in brevity
The copious use of #hashtags and we have inter-tweet lists
Given the mobile nature of Twitter, spell check is rare and opportunity to explore font-case for adding visual weight is common.

Now, as much as I want to say I can separate my writing styles, I see a blend of my sudo-code, shorthand, aim and Twitter talk more and more. While extreme in saying Twitter has ‘taught’ me to write emails, there is an obvious connection. Long as I don’t forward emails with ‘RT @email’ I think I will survive though.

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