Earlier this year, Twitter extended its tweet character limit from 140 to 280 characters. Many users, including myself, thought it was a bad move. My argument was that it wouldn’t lead to more content, but rather more overhead. Turns out I was wrong. While it might be the case for a few of the accounts I follow, some Twitter accounts have found a glorious way of using the 280 characters limit for good: Short stories.

When writing short stories, 280 characters give the author a lot more leverage than 140 characters.

A Small Fiction

A Small Fiction is a series of very short stories written by James Mark Miller.

A Small Fiction’s first illustrated print collection is now available for pre-order on Unbound.

Micro SF/F Stories

Micro SF/F Stories is, as a the name implies, an account that posts small science fiction and fantasy themed stories.

There’s also a Micro SF/F Stories eBook, and a website. The website only cross-posts the Twitter stories, though. Micro SF/F Stories also has a Mastodon account.

Spacewreck

Spacewreck is an automated broadcasts inspired by Stewart Cowley’s Terran Trade Authority book, Spacewreck: Ghostships and Derelicts of Space. Unlike the other accounts, Spacewreck is a bot that creates a random story once a day.

The account is run by Alex Connolly, who is also posting some interesting stuff every now and then.