Twittering a tale

My favorite short short story is by Hemmingway. It is all of six words long – but boy, does it pack a punch.

It goes, “For sale, baby shoes, never used.” Wow!

It turns out that such short stories are not merely a novelty. The advent of Twitter and microblogging, with its limitations on how many characters can be typed at a time, are increasingly being used to create stories.

This article by Ryan Paul in Ars Technica (Byte-sized stories: Twittering a tiny tale) attempts to list some of them. These are excellent examples of how constraints can actual foster creativity.

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