The 272 Words of the Gettysburg Address Inspired This Social Media Site

By: Alyson Wyers - Jan 30, 2016
References: discover272 & betalist
This new social network asks what people can do with 272 words. Inspired by Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, 272 is a social media startup that encourages users to read and write standalone pieces that are only 272 words long. Discovery is a key tenet of the platform, whether it is discovering new writers, discovering your inner writer or discovering new ideas.

Based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, founder Joel Smith hopes 272 will be "a slower, a quieter, a -- dare we hope -- more civil place for thoughtful and thought-inspiring conversations." This challenges users to condense challenging ideas, thought-provoking theses, poems and more into a short piece of art.

The platform will open to beta testers on February 12, 2016. They are also planning a 272 podcast.