In 1985 a researcher in Germany, Friedhelm Hillebrand, practiced typing out blurbs, or short questions and answers, on his typewriter and he was able to always get the point across in 160 characters or less. So he set out to make that the standard length for the text-messages that we all use today.
The technology at the time only allowed them to fit 128 characters in, but knowing what he knew, he did everything he could to squeeze in an extra 32 characters, to bring it to the 160 characters that we are all familiar with today. Twitter, is limited to 140 characters, due to space being needed for the person’s username… and I think we all do a pretty good job of getting the point across in even that limited space!
Here is this article over at the Los Angeles Times.
Oh.. and can you figure out who wrote the postcard that I am using for an example?Tweet