Twitter debuted the new "280 character limit" function yesterday. I think it's dumb.
In instances like these, I always try to default to the idea that "someone smarter than me knows something I don't" that lead to a particular change. I'm sure that was the case here. Twitter probably has some data that shows that this was a good move or a change that will lead to a positive impact down the road. Or Twitter was aware of some problem with the 140 character limit that I was not aware of and decided to make the change. I doubt a multi-million dollar enterprise is making drastic changes to their product on a whim.
Doesn't mean I have to like it though. Not that it's a huge change by any means. Hell, I may not even notice anything different on the site in a month or so once the initial shock wears off. Doubling the amount of content per tweet those seems odd though.
Everyone that uses Twitter has ran into that problem where you have a great tweet but can't squeeze everything in to 140 characters. So you have to fiddle with punctuation or abbreviate words to make it fit. Then you worry if the original tweet will lose some of it's luster with poor punctuation and abbreviated words. Suddenly that "great" tweet you have isn't nearly as powerful. I always assumed Twitter would not change the character limit and just stick with 140...but if it did change, that 160 characters seemed like the right fit. Still the same structure for the most part but that little extra slack you needed sometimes to fit everything in.
280 character tweets are like stepping outside in Iowa on that first cold fall morning to go to work without your jacket. You are expecting it to be that nice cool morning like the past month or two but you immediately get smacked in the face by that bitter cold wind. It's a shock. It's still that same walk outside to work but it's different. It's freezing cold outside you don't like it. Sure, you'll adjust and put a coat on eventually and you'll probably just get used to it in time. But initially, it's a jolt.
Big night for wrestling fans last night with the debut of ESPN's 30 for 30 on Ric Flair. I watched it in its entirety last night and thought it was solid. I wasn't blown away by it like I was hoping I would be but it was a very fun watch, especially for wrestling fans. Being able to re-hear his story and hear it be told from a variety of other wrestlers, throughout history, made for a great 90 minutes.
Yet, I still left the night feeling it could have been better.
I think most of that though is me talking as a wrestling fan. This 30 for 30, while definitely targeting the wrestling audience, was produced to tell Ric's story to a non-wrestling audience. ESPN told the story of the man, Richard Flehr, and his transformation into "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Sure, there was plenty of wrestling and wrestling stories, but I guess I wanted more of "The Nature Boy".
Still a great watch though, and one that I will definitely stop and rewatch whenever it's on ESPN. Just like I do whenever the Reggie Miller vs. the Knicks documentary comes on.
With college basketball season just a couple days away, it's time to get some predictions out there. We previewed the Big Ten conference here first. The Big 12 will be coming on Friday.