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Twitter Outer Limits : Seeing How Far Have Folks Fallen Down The Slippery Slope to “280” with rtweet

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By now, virtually every major media outlet has covered the “280 Apocalypse”™. For those still not “in the know”, Twitter recently moved the tweet character cap to 280 after a “successful” beta test (some of us have different ideas of what “success” looks like). I had been on a hiatus from the platform for a while and planned to (and did) jump back into the fray today but wanted to see what my timeline looked like tweet-length-wise. It’s a simple endeavour: use rtweet to grab the timeline, count the characters per-tweet and look up the results. I posted the results of said process to — of course — Twitter and some folks asked me for the code. Others used it and there were some discussions as to why timelines looked similar (distribution-wise) with not many Tweets going over 140 characters.…
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