My 21 year old daughter was telling me today how funny my 72 year-old sister's Facebook entries are. "She uses long sentences and writes in paragraphs," she told me. I had to laugh, because of course my sister uses long sentences and writes in paragraphs.
That's what she's been dong her whole life, like me and everyone else I know over twenty-five. And in my sister's case, no one's ever told her the fundamentals of writing on Facebook that I've gleaned from reading my much-younger "Friends" posts.
So when I talk to my sister next, I'll have to tell her: "Just give us the facts, ma'am, in the form of an overview. No details. Short, quick and snappy. If you can get rid of a verb or pronoun, do so. You had a good day? Don't tell us how and why. Just say, "nice day" and maybe another word or two so we get the picture."
But I'll miss my sister's long sentences and paragraphs. I'll have to tell her to email me, or do something really novel. Pick up the phone and call me.