The maximum size for a text message is 160 characters, which takes 140 bytes because there are only 7 bits per character in the text messaging system, and we assume the average price for a text message is 5p. There are 1,048,576 bytes in a megabyte, so that’s 1 million/140 = 7490 text messages to transmit one megabyte. At 5p each, that’s £374.49 per MB – or about 4.4 times more expensive than the ‘most pessimistic’ estimate for Hubble Space Telescope transmission costs.”
Since then I have found other reasons why Twitter is not just a good idea, but imho destined to grow much larger than it is now. Here’s a list…
*[my favorite one is:] It is fundamentally social in a way that other social media web sites are not (Like Facebook, MySpace etc.) You can form groups with circles of friends on those web sites but you don’t meet new people. If you want to meet new people on Twitter, just ask a question and someone will chime in with an answer.(You need to have built up a bit of a following for this, but it works.)
Read the entire article for the full list, and hopefully it will explain more about Twitter to my friends and clients who are not yet trying this out.
- @technosailor “friends” is what its for! #
- @chrisbrogan oh hai #
- @Stephentcolbert we are Twitter and you can too. Stay. #
- @chrisbrogan you coming to NYC? I’ll alert the (citizen) media #
- hello fatigue. I name you jetlag. Thanks for visiting, now please leave. #
- @joguldi welcome to twitter #
- Thanks @noahcarter I’m now following @mchammer too! whoa whaooo break it down…. #
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