When I was asked to review this book by Caitlin Price from FSB Media (thank you Caitlin!), I was hesitant. I thought I’m not sure I really like this twittering stuff. What with my failed attempt to set it up here on Layers of Thought. With a total of 3 posts - two saying “still trying to figure twitter out”, and one with a quiz stating “which author I am” – which I found on a link from J. Kaye’s book blog on facebook. When she tweeted me back - I lamely could not figure out how to answer. After a few tries I gave up and had a glass of wine – perhaps two.
Later, I thought how can I as a new blogger turn down an offer to review a book that is so connected to an aspect of communication which is connected to blogging? I decided to accept the book and became determined to think about my objections to Twitter and their reasons.
These are the reasons I have came up with:
- I believe that this mode of communication is for people who like to chat. I am not a chatter. When in a simple conversation I have to force myself to think of something to say. And often its something like “Wow, Cool, Awesome….” etc.
- Being connected to a phone and a tiny key pad all day and being constantly interrupted is not a good thing for a person like me. Ask my husband - I am very easily distracted and am off on another tangent in a flash, leaving what I once was doing left to be found again several days later.
- I am so busy trying to figure this blog out that to add one more technological thing to the mix and I may just go over the figurative edge.
- All that said and being a realistic person perhaps my block around twitter may be based in ignorance. Truly - I have a little idea of what twitter is, but perhaps that is not enough. Lets see if I can become enlightened.
The World According to Twitter
2,524 Crowd-Sourced Tweets about Life, the Universe, and Other Pertinent Stuff: First-Kiss Stories, Spam from the Future, and Proposals for the 11th Commandment
By David Pogue
Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; August 2009
Caitlin the book’s publicist describes the book here:
This one of a kind book gives the reader insight into the grand social networking experiment in which tens of thousands of voices have come together to produce a humorous, thought-provoking record of shared human experience.
David Pogue asks. The Twitterverse responds!
New York Times personal technology columnist David Pogue has tapped into the collective wit and wisdom of his half-million followers on Twitter.com by posing a different, thought-provoking question every night. The result of this modern social-networking experiment is a laugh-out-loud-funny, and occasionally poignant, record of shared human experience.
Finish a familiar saying in a new way.
He who is without sin . . . has a lot of catching up to do.
Make up a concept for a doomed TV show.
"Law & Order: DMV"
Change 1 letter of a familiar title.
Star Wart: The real reason Vader wears that mask.
David Pogue, author of The World According to Twitter, is the weekly tech columnist for the New York Times, an Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, and contributor of funny, weekly tech videos for CNBC. He’s the author or co-author of 50 books, including 6 in the For Dummies line and 25 in the Missing Manual series, which he created. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.
Join Pogue's world at his website: www.davidpogue.com; at Twitter: @pogue; or at his blog: www.nytimes.com/pogue.
Read an excerpt here.
Purchasing information from Amazon are linked here – US/UK/Canada respectively:The World According to Twitter/ The World According to Twitter: Crowd-sourced Wit and Wisdom from David Pogue (and His 350,000 Followers)/ The World According to Twitter