How Twitter's new 280 character limit can actually be used for good.

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 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.