What’s Politico’s JMart Tweeting?

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By Peter Ogburn Comment

Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin is a smart guy. He offers great political analysis around the clock and seems to really know what he’s talking about. Of course, you wouldn’t know that if you based your opinion on his tweets. Sometimes, it can be difficult to boil your thoughts down to 140 characters. What JMart does goes far beyond that. Most tweets are a festival of slashes and abbreviations. It can resemble Morse code.

This is classic JMart. Abbreviating where he doesn’t even need to. He comes in at under 100 character, so you can go ahead and type “British” or just use “&” instead of a “/.” Here’s another example.

Reading this gave me a headache. Who, over the age of 15, writes “sez” when you don’t need to? It’s like someone gave a caveman a smartphone and asked him to tap out his thoughts on politics.