From Fast Company, here's an article about Shortmail.com, an e-mail system which limits messages to 500 characters.
Says a company spokesperson: "[The] length limit on messages is long enough to express most coherent points or ask a colleague a question, while filtering out much spam, newsletters, promotions, and dissertations. Thus [Shortmail] becomes the place for the to-the-point messages in sizes and quantity you can digest and respond to quickly."
I'm not sure if I'm irked at the concept, or hoping they find a better PR person to re-position their product. I'm all for people being more succinct when they talk, but wouldn't it be better to suggest the service forces people to think more intelligently about what they're trying to communicate, not just say it in less words?
In other words, shouldn't quality first, conciseness second be more valued/valuable than simply using less words?