For those of us fascinated with the written word, Twitter and its 140 character limit presents serious challenges. Users often need to use multiple messages to be clear in conversation or debate. Sometimes they don’t manage it very well. For example:
There’s nothing clear about it. With this single message, what is being said?
From an author’s viewpoint, what is being implied?
@The stupid(ity of these people). It BURRRNNNNNSSSS (them)! Yes(, you fools). (Of course you would think) I created the algorithm at WordPress AND ReverbNation (because you are idiots). SARC It was ALL ME! /SARC #dopes
This could be the intent of the author sending this tweet.
But it may not be the message received by the reader.
The difference between what an author wishes to say and what the audience understands is the difference between implication and inference. What might a reader infer from the same message?
The beautiful thing about that answer is that it is bounded by nothing at all.
Except the reader’s imagination.
The stupid(ity leaking out of my brain). It BURRRNNNNNSSSS (ME)! Yes(, indeed). (In my spare time, and for no pay, which is quite important to me, because I’m dirt poor and everyone knows it,) I created the algorithm at WordPress AND ReverbNation. (Because I’m a GENIUS!!) It was ALL ME! You #dopes
What is the truth? Probably somewhere in between. But it’s so easy to vomit up a 140 character message that really doesn’t mean what you think means.
Interpretation can be SO subjective.