Style guides like this show up with every new mode of exchange, but they are often worth looking at – just to see how users view the mode.
The Anatomy of a Tweet: Twitter Gets a Style Guide – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com
The bulk of the book, titled “140 Characters, A Style Guide for the Short Form,” will revolve around eight key lessons from the Twitter universe, such as the importance of simplicity, honesty and humor. The project will also highlight notable figures worth following on Twitter, anecdotes from the community and even examples of the few occasions Twitterers have gone overboard: For example, Mr. Sagolla points to “bathroom tweets,” or messages about bodily functions, as falling into the category of things not to post to Twitter.
“This is a new genre of writing,” said Mr. Sagolla. “A new form of literature, in some ways.”
What’s interesting is that the authors are publising the book as a PDF and an iPhone app. A print version is low on the list.