Shopgirl: 140 app cuts tweets back down to size

Twitter recently released 280-character tweets (doubling the original 140-character limitation) through a slow rollout, but has now given this option to all users. It’s being met with mixed reviews at best, with a lot of users saying it defeats the whole point of the social media platform, which used to be an enjoyable challenge to communicate through brevity.

 

Well, if you’re one of those users, don’t fret - there’s a way around 280. If you use Google Chrome to browse the web, there’s an add-on that turns every tweet back to 140 characters, so you never have to read those big awkward chunks again.

Go to the Chrome Web Store and search for “140” (it was created by Slate) and download it to your browser. All tweets will be cut off with a red X at 140, and you can always click on the X to read the rest of the tweet.

 

WHAT’S TRENDY: If you’re already looking around for gifts and ideas of what to buy for the hard-to-shop-for in your life, there are a few trends I think will be popping up a lot this holiday season (and maybe even selling out).

The fanny pack has gone from eye-roll to high fashion over the past few seasons, with designers like Kara and Gucci creating belt/purse combos that aren’t exactly what everyone was wearing in the ’90s. Don’t worry, though, because lower price point retailers are taking their cues from these designers and creating their own takes on this idea.

Herschel, the hipster backpack brand you can get at Urban Outfitters and the like, has released a velveteen “zip belt bag” that really looks pretty cool. It’s also only $50, and comes in millennial pink and a sapphire blue.

Opening Ceremony also has a more traditional take on the fanny pack, their “Legacy Fanny Pack” in a sporty nylon that fits plenty but still looks pretty sleek. That one retails for $95 and comes in red and black.

 

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: Phinizy Center for Water Sciences has a variety of activities that bring nature to life for adults and children alike, and two events are coming up.

Head to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park from 9-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, for a “Full Moon Hike” where you’ll enjoy the sights, sounds and sensations of the swamp under a full moon. This event is $10 ($5 for Friends of Phinizy).

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will host a “Swamp Saturday Hike” from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This monthly activity is designed for adults and children, who can enjoy a guided hike through about 2.5 miles of the park’s trails and learn about plant life and urban wetland ecology. The cost is $2 or free for Friends of Phinizy.

For both outings, wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and bring water to drink. Get more information by calling (706) 396-1426 or visit phinizycenter.org.

 

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