140 characters? 'Nuff said

140 characters? 'Nuff said

There are 9 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 12, 2009, titled 140 characters? 'Nuff said. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Text messages are limited to 160 characters because of tight bandwidth constraints at the time the technology was developed in the mid-1980s. To understand how the wizards of Twitter settled on 140 as the magic number of characters in a single tweet, you have to go back two decades to Bonn, Germany.

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Milwaukee, WI

#1 May 12, 2009
TMI-- do we really need to know this? There are other more important issues to write about.
twitter me smart

United States

#2 May 12, 2009
a somewhat interesting piece of trivia. take your new found knowledge to the next trivia pursuit challenge. i bet you're the only one that has the answer. your twitter friends will be impressed.

Overland Park, KS

#3 May 12, 2009
Twitter is so lame.

United States

#4 May 12, 2009
Most people who use twitter can only comprehend about 140 characters at a time.

remember, the root word of twitter is TWIT

Naperville, IL

#5 May 12, 2009
Twittering tweeters are twits, but the cell phone companies love those $$$$$.
evan and biz

United States

#6 May 12, 2009
it's making us very, very rich.
what idea did you come up with?

Hartford, CT

#7 May 12, 2009
Now after reading this my day is complete.

United States

#8 May 12, 2009
Daisy wrote:
TMI-- do we really need to know this? There are other more important issues to write about.
Such as? Please enlighten us as to what the Trib didn't cover today that is so important?
Adams Apple


#9 May 13, 2009
I just signed up for Twitter and i left my frist Tweet! Yay, I Twatted!!!

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