It’s a great time to conquer the tough questions of life, and really dig deep into statements like this:
“A picture is worth 1,000 words.”
This statement doesn’t translate well into the Social Media mix. It’s antiquated and messy. It’s like trying to add a Polaroid snapshot to a flash drive, it don’t work. Everything now is based on characters, not words.
I dabble with Social Media. I take a lot of pictures. (Maybe you’ve seen a few of them on the Beckon Call Facebook page.) So I was thinking: How many tweets are in a picture?
So I set out to solve this burning question, like any normal person would do. This is what I came up with.
There are 5.3 characters in the average English word and 14.3 words in the average sentence. I guesstimated that in writing I would use about 1.3 punctuation characters per sentence.
Add that all up and it’s 5,205 characters.
So, how many tweets is a picture worth? 38.
Actually, it is 37.57792 tweets – but impossible to tweet a partial tweet yet. Only a non-twit would think that’s possible.
Interestingly, a picture in English is worth more than a Korean one. And less than a German one.
Korean words average 3.05 characters. Their pictures are only worth 23 tweets.
German words average 6.26 characters. Their pictures are worth a whopping 46 tweets.
Therefore, a picture is worth less in Korean and more in German than in English.
So if you’ve ever seen a German picture and thought it was worth a little more, you were probably thinking in how many tweets it was worth. Common mistake.
I hope this as helped. Now I’m off to clean more windows and ponder more of life’s difficult questions!
Note: This thinking was done while cleaning 15.4685 windows.