Everyone knows that Twitter is that site where everyone has to communicate in really short, 140-character sound bytes, right? If you go over your limit (including whatever shortened url you're using), you're just out of luck. Everything over 140 characters is cut off. Period.
Well, now that "period" is more of an ellipses...
A service called Twitlonger now allows users to write full-length blog posts instead of micro blog posts (don't worry, no one else knows the difference between those two things anymore, either). Twitlonger is based in Belfast, Ireland, which is a bit of trivia that ups its "cool" quotient in my book, and it allows users to tweet directly from its site once signed in.
Now, like nearly every other toy, gadget and technique I've written about on this blog, it's important to remember not to overuse this application. Twitter users are used to the 140 character "rhythm" and are likely to get annoyed and stop reading your tweets if everything you post requires an additional click to finish reading. Even the creator of @twitlater doesn't use his own application very much for his own tweets. In fact, he cautions against overuse on the site:
"...Please don't use Twitlonger to get lazy with Twitter. If your tweet runs to 150 characters, you can almost certainly reword it to get it to fit. If, however, you want to make a point that fits in the conversation, or want to explain something technical, then this lets you stay within the Twitterverse without posting a dozen tweets. People that are interested can click on the link and see the full majesty of your wit and wisdom."
Nonetheless, it can be a very good tool for that occasional tweet that requires a bit of explanation. It's a much better option than breaking your thought up into several tweets.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.