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Let's say you have some ideas and are going to share them on the Internet. You have a Twitter account, a blog and an ability to publish your thoughts in a magazine. You're writing three articles, all containing exactly the same information, but these articles differ in their level of detail:

  1. The first is the shortest one, it's for Twitter. There are no details, so I'd call it a pretty brief article.
  2. The second one is for your blog, it's several times longer.
  3. And then the third one is pretty large, a couple of pages probably. It's well-detailed, so I'd call it a complete article.

So, the question is — what's the right word for the case 2?

Any other three words to reflect these differences also will do (these should be single words, not phrases).

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You'd always better wait a couple of days before you accept an answer. You can up vote answers you find suitable in the meanwhile. –  Kris May 5 '12 at 9:58
    
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Why not tweet, blog, article? –  Callithumpian May 5 '12 at 13:46
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I'm with @Callithumpian on this one. Something squeezed into 140 characters is not an article. It's not even a brief version or an abstract. It's just a tweet. –  RegDwigнt May 5 '12 at 13:56
    
For the latter two, abridged and unabridged come to mind. (That's the term Audible.com uses for indicating that one recording is not a full version of another.) Then I'd use tweet for the first one, as others have suggested. –  JLG May 5 '12 at 14:34
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brief; short; full.

As in:
Select a version to view:
brief — short — full

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How is brief different from short in this context? –  Fr0zenFyr May 5 '12 at 11:36
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I would consider 1) Outline/Synopsis/Brief 2) Detailed 3) Extensive/Complete

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Also try "summary" as in an executive summary, which is the office-world version of the kind/length of document you are describing. A "one-sheet" is the term used in the music/entertainment biz.

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