Wednesday, 8 October 2014

How many tweets on a floppy disk?

I hear someone say today that "a floppy could hold about 12 tweets with full metadata but held Zork or Wordstar. " - well - Elizabeth Dwoskin tells us that "In a Single Tweet, as Many Pieces of Metadata as There Are Characters" so a tweet typically has about 300 bytes of data max. A 3.5 inch floppy has 1.44 megabytes so that's more like 5000 tweets. Even the old 8-inch disk could store about a megabyte so that's several thousand tweets.

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