If Shakespeare Had Twittered

Here's what the first nine lines of the "To be or not to be" passage would've looked like had Shakespeare crammed them into the 140 characters of Twitter. Love the "2 die, 2 zzz" part.   

"2 be, or nt 2 be: tht's the q:
Whether 'tis nblr in the mnd 2 sffr
The slngs & rrws of trgs frtn,
Or 2 tk rms gnst a sea of trbls,
by ppsng end thm? 2 die: 2 zzz;
No mr &  by a zzz 2 say we end
The hrt-ache & the thsnd ntrl shcks
That flsh is hr 2, 'tis a cnsmmtn
Devoutly 2 be wsh'd. 2 die, 2 zzz;"

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  1. But it's 160 chracters long...

  2. Or, you know, he might have just linked to it on his blog. Appropriate use of best tools for the job and all.


    hrt -> <3 (even though the less than might get HTML encoded, it's just -better-)
    be -> B
    thsnd -> 1k
    'tis -> tis
    omit indef. articles altogether

    comedy fail :(

    "To be or not to be? To give up/relax/die or fight/struggle/live? Thoughts, Twitter friends?"

  3. Thats good. Twitter is growing all over the world and thousands of people are joining on a daily basis. I've tried to love Twitter. I really have.


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