[MANAGER]:  Please tweet your self-assessment to me on Twitter.

[JOHN]:  Excuses me, Sir?  Doesn’t twitter have a 140 character limit?

[MANAGER]:  Yes.

[JOHN]:  Will that be ample enough to describe my yearly accomplishments?

[MANAGER]:  I take everyone’s career personally.  Who are you?

[JOHN]:  John.

[MANAGER]:  Hi Joan.

[JOHN]:  I’m just saying that I think 140 characters is too limiting.  I did a lot this year.

[MANAGER]:  I like you Jane, but I disagree.  Here’s a distribution chart of Tweet lengths.

Source: HubSpot

[MANAGER]:  As you can see, things go crazy after about 133 characters.  I think this is too long; therefore, I propose we shift-left to 19 characters or less.  Is this satisfactory for you, Joe?

[JOHN]:  No, not at all.  I don’t think it’s possible to communicate anything meaningful with just 19 letters.

[MANAGER]:  Oh, but it is.  We are computer scientists, right?  We simply compress the data.  Let me give you a simple demonstration:

In my opinion, John is a positive thinker whose one for all and all for one attitude in the research and development department is great!


[MANAGER]:  See, only 19 characters.

John goes back to his cube and tries.  He quickly gets frustrated and writes:


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