Back in 2007, my initial instincts raged against Twitter. I did force myself (initially) to engage, for very good reasons considering my profession.
However, at the time it felt like the 140 character limit would stifle the effective and creative use of language, prevent satisfying discourse, and accelerate 'dumbing down' in society in general.
Fast forward a decade and dumbing down seems to be happening on an industrial scale on multiple fronts, so pinning blame on a social media platform would be more than a little lame. Meanwhile, Twitter is experimenting with a 280 character limit and that feels so wrong. The platform - along with its traits - is now mainstream and completely accepted, and the 'art' of crafting succinct messages can be both challenging and rewarding (for composer and audience) - there's plenty of creativity around to appreciate. I don't want Twitter to allow for more exposition - that belongs elsewhere.
Besides, it's bad enough being bombarded with as much as 140 characters' worth of Trump's hate fuelled word-vomit...
Well, I have certainly changed my view during the last ten years, so I wonder what I'll think in 2027.