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When it comes to pleasures, I'm in two camps. Tactile pleasures like freshly laundered sheets, the smell of rain on a hot pavement, cupcakes. And intellectual pleasures. I often joke that I married my husband because he's smarter than me and keeps me on my toes. And it's true. We work together most of the day, and spend an embarrassing amount of time ping-ponging snarky zingers about the economy or challenging each other to remember the exchanges between Deckard and Rachel in Blade Runner ("Is this testing whether or not I am a replicant or a lesbian, Mr. Deckard?"). He'll be going over a financial report with a client, and I'll email him word play on a part of the conversation. I'll be writing a headline for a piece of marketing collateral, and he'll offer a side-splitting alternative. Like some people need cigarettes or crack, I need witty discourse. And like any true addict, I seek hits throughout the day. Lately, my dealer is twitter. People who've never used twitter incorrectly assume it's just about literal status updates. As a friend of mine once put it:"Why do I care if you're running to the store or running out of patience at the post office?" I don't think she agreed with my opinion that she's "missing out" on the fun. While twitter on a very basic level allows us to communicate and keep in touch, the imposed brevity in the form of the 140 character tweet results in some very good writing. You can't ramble, pontificate or otherwise stall getting to the point. You say what you mean. This has wonderful implications, as clear concise thoughts win over unfocused drivel every time. In addition to being clear and concise, a lot of the people I follow on twitter are incredibly funny, witty and engaging. They're the antidote to intellectual lethargy, and deliver those highs I need to function all day. If I'm having a hard time writing, I log onto twitter, and someone's waiting with 140 character inspiration. From a comment on last night's Daily Show spoof to Ben Bernanke Haiku, I'm very rarely let down. Photo from here. PS. Couldn't I have summed up the above into this twitter-friendly sentence?: Twitter's 140 character limit challenges us to write more concisely and clearly, and tighter writing is often that which is better/smarter.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by designbabylon

I too, am a Twitaholic.

There I said it.

I was pulled into the vortex about 5 months ago and Nichole is one of the first really good “tweeps” I started to follow (it all started with a tweet @ Paris, natch). I was lucky enough to meet Nichole while in Paris and she had so much amazing advice for this newbie blogger/freelance designer. And the advice keeps coming from all the other amazing tweeps that have crossed my path since falling in love with Twitter.

I attended a Social Media conference called Chicks Who Click in Boulder, CO in January and one of the best pieces of advice I came away with is that in this Web 2.0 world, power is gained through the ✽sharing✽ of information — not from withholding it, and really that’s what Twitter is, an open forum for the free-flowing exchange of information.

I agree with Michelle too — my writing has definitely improved b/c I need to get my point across in 140 characters or less!

I receive daily inspiration, humor and important information @ the world on this little platform and find it indispensable and maybe, just maybe, break out into a cold sweat if I see the “Fail Whale.”

If you are still a Twitter non-believer, then you are probably following the wrong people.

Big Love to the Twitterverse
Brett (aka @DesignBabylon)

PPS Yes, you are totally right to be jealous of Nichole + Evan’s relationship — it really is that good.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle

so well said. thanks to twitter i am entertained, inspired, and educated on a daily basis but the wonderful people i follow and by the people who follow me. because of this i have become maybe a little addicted. as long as my worst vices are twitter and coffee i think i’ll be okay. the coffee will kill me before the twitter does.

the 140 character limit is a great writing exercise for me as i have the tendency to ramble.

p.s. your relationship sounds a lot like the one i share with my boyfriend. i can never grasp that there are people who live with out sarcasm and wit.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Amber … LOVE it!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Pfeiffer Photos

What you just wrote proves you’re just as smart as the hubby…I can just tell. ;-) Nice points about twitter. I’ve just started to give it a second chance after being in the “I don’t get it” camp for awhile. I didn’t see the potential (about the writing prose) the way you describe so now I’ll be looking at in in yet another way. Being open is good. Love the photo in this post!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by amber of TheAmberShow

I tried to write a story in 140 characters. I got one really good one so far:

In a seedy motel, only 1 movie comes in. He mocks it. "Who hires a LADY hitman?" She steps out of the can, smiles, & takes aim. "Your wife."

Pretty good, hey?!


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Amy

I am terrible at the twittersnark… but may I recommend:


She is hilarious! Mostly mommy stuff, and very sarcastic. Love it.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Julia

This was an incredible post! So well worded, so well put! I’m terrified of getting on Twitter because I know for a fact that will be my biggest down fall :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Jen

Well said! Now if twitter wouldn’t distract me so, I’m sure my job would be grateful.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by christina

thanks for the tutorial in twitter. i am hereby obligated to reform my ways.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by thedeliberatelife

I must be following the wrong twitterers (is that the word?)All I get are people letting me they’ve updated their Etsy shop 40 times each day. I’ll definitely be following you and use you as an inspiration to be more twitterific.

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