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PHOTO: AFP
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Twitter users were never known for being verbose. But new research finds they are getting their messages across with ever shorter notes.

Technology Review published research by a team at the University of the Philippines showing that the average tweet length, excluding any attached links, was down to five words as of December 2012. Three years before, the average had been eight.

The contraction was attributed to the fact that ever more Twitter users are grouping themselves with others who use the same kinds of specific language and can, thus, make do with fewer words.

The study was based on 229 million English-language tweets.

Twitter has about 200 million users who send about 400 million short messages daily.DPA

The study was based on 229 million English-language tweets

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