I have wondered about the programmer's mentality that made him think, "A 140 character limit is all that's needed."
And that this limitation is popular is far more frightening than realizing some peabrain actually thought of this in the first place. And to think, I still scoff at Facebook's puny limits on Thought and Communication!
I'm looking for Orwellian reductions, too. "We found most messages easily fit in 80 characters, so that's our new limit." (They can charge money for extra characters, and then anyone reading those can also be charged - what a revenue stream!!)
(OK, well, a "stream" of something.)
Then down to 64, then 32. Georgie argued that one word would be eventually all that's necessary for his idealized society.
With enough talking heads popularizing 32, or even 24 or 16, I think this would give us a far better indication of the vast intelligence that's growing out there.
Does bleach work on it, too?