Dom Sagolla helped create Twitter in 2006, and shipped his first book, 140 CHARACTERS: Style Guide for Short Form, in October of 2009.
We don’t need Hemingway to show us (though he did) the incredible impact that well-written short sentences can have. In the digital age, it has become increasingly important – crucial, even – to harness the power of the short form (evidenced by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc.).
Dom Sagolla‘s 140 CHARACTERS: Style Guide for Short Form aims to do for the short form what Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style did for good writing on paper; via lessons in grammar and composition, but also discussing the importance of simplicity, honesty, and humor.
Dominic Sagolla, a graduate of Swarthmore and Harvard, worked as a developmental engineer at Odeo when it became Twitter in 2006, and was involved in its initial stages of development. Sagolla is an engineer with AdobeAir, the founder of DollarApp, an iPhone application development company, and was responsible for the official Obama ’08 iPhone Application.
140 CHARACTERS includes a foreword by Jack Dorsey, the engineer who conceived of Twitter, and current Chairman of Twitter. The book was released simultaneously as an interactive iPhone application (with full text) from DollarApp and in print & e-book form by John Wiley & Sons.