# A not-so-terrifying thought

You can use only 140 characters at Twitter. In the future there will be no new permutations of 140 characters left.

I have never been on twitter.

Does your prediction include meaningful permutations in all languages? I’d hate to have to repeat myself…

All cases can be divided into meaningful permutations and not-meaningful permutations.

“aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”

The above case is one of the meaningless permutations.

“Given the space restriction on Twitter, you can arrange your favorite words on your own discretion to illustrate the existence of free will.”

The above case is one of the meaningful permutations.

How many tweets would the original thread about free will etc have taken up? How many repetitions would there have been?

A reply is not compulsory. I leave it to your own discretion to illustrate your free will.

“元気？” is just 3 characters; “How are you?” is 12 characters.
(A space is counted as one character.)

Every character in the English alphabet is described by using 1 byte code and counted as one character at Twitter. Although Japanese characters are described on the screen by using two bytes, you can use 140-multiplied-by-2 bytes, If you write in Japanese at Twitter. If you use the Kanji characters, you can convey much more information in 140 characters. Some people say that this fact might result in the difference of the usage of this service.

If you use 26 characters, a space, and several punctuation marks in English, the number of the permutations of 140 characters is, for example, 30 to the power of 140, which is about “63” followed by 205 zero’s. Am I right in this calculation?

30^140
[1] 6.265787e+206

"“aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”

The above case is one of the meaningless permutations. "

Not so, it means that you just bashed your thumb with a hammer.

＠ytk031

If you use the Kanji characters, you can convey much more information in 140 characters.
Some people say that this fact might result in the difference of the usage of this service.

Sorry for slow reply to your post. I found it very interesting. If you already see any differences about the usage of twitter between 漢字 users and alphabet users, I would be very happy to listen to your opinion.

@cherry6120
“If you already see any differences about the usage of twitter between 漢字 users and alphabet users, . . .”

I imagine that form influences content. Haiku and Tanka are different. But I am not so sure about the difference mentioned above.

@odiernod
Yes, your are right. Do you know how many times I bashed my thumb with a hammer?

“If you click ‘Who to follow,’ you can see the list ‘Suggestions for you.’ They are the people who are followed by those whom you follow.”

The above quotation has 136 characters or spaces. I could not say any more. A famous scholar whose name escapes me at the moment said that it was unnecessary. I have mixed feelings about it. If I want to add these things to the above quotation, I have to tweet in another box on the screen.

By the way, I made a list of English teachers. http://j.mp/c97CbQ