Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Review: The World According to Twitter by David Pogue and his 500,000 followers


Summary and Thoughts:

This book is not a how to book on Twitter. It will not tell how to tweet, or re-tweet (which I still haven’t figured out). This book is a collection of tweets. Interesting, funny, informative, insightful thoughts all confined to the 140 letter maximum allowed within the interface of twitter.

It is divided up into section as per “tweeted question” and lists the best responses that David Pogue has received from his followers. Pogue asks questions like - Invent a formula for disaster; What's the best advice your parents ever gave you; and my favorite - Recipe contest! You have 140 characters. Go: These answers are amazing and addictive.

This book is brilliant. It is tear inducing in both hilarity and at times sadness. It is a great “potty” book, since it can be read in short bits, and has been touted as such by BBAW multi-winning blog Books on the Nightstand.

This book has convinced me of Twitter’s merits and since reading this book I have started to awkwardly “tweet”. Even though I am forever distracted with the interesting info and links of the people I follow, I have to say that I am a total convert. I give this fun and funny book 4 stars. Highly recommended!

Here is an example of one of the hilarious sections in the book:

Compose the subject line of an email message you really, really don’t want to read.

  • To my former sexual partners, as required by law -- @markowitz
  • Re: What seems to have been your car -- @pumpkinshirt
  • From: eHarmony. Subject: Your profile has been rejected. -- @jadawa
  • I hate to do this via email . . .  -- @SusanEJacobsen
  • Fwd:Fwd:Fwd:Fw:Catz! lol -- @danblondell
  • What happened in Vegas did NOT stay in Vegas -- @jschechner
  • Your Dad is Now Following You on Twitter. -- @CathleenRitt
  • From: Your Doctor. Subj: Good news, bad news . . . -- @Baszma
  • Urgent notice to everyone who was at the hot tub party last Saturday! -- @lavasusan
  • From: AT&T. Subject: Your international roaming charges -- @kvijayraghavan
  • Hi! Remember me? I’m in town!! -- @Stefaniya
  • Error in lab results -- @ricksva
  • From: NIH. Subj: Important new information on link between computer usage and rapid-onset dementia -- @maineone
  • Honey, you saved those tax papers from 1978, right? -- @pumpkinshirt
  • From: Yale Office of Admissions. File Size: 2K -- @perryan
  • We need to talk. Call me. -- @_not_THAT_guy
  • From: Your Petsitter. Subject: Before you open the door when you get home . . .  -- @brianwolven
  • From: Your Publisher. Subject: Ha, good one! Could you send the real chapter now, please? -- @Lookshelves
  • Your GM common stock -- @scottmarkarian
  • Did you mean to hit Reply to All? -- @Maggie_Dwyer
  • From: Your eldest kid. Subject: How do you get chocolate sauce out of the sofa? -- @aymroos

The above is an excerpt from the book The World According to Twitter by David Pogue. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy. Copyright © 2009 David Pogue, author of The World According to Twitter

For purchasing links, further information on the book and the author information please see Layers of Thoughts Preview for The World According to Twitter.

To connect with David Pogue on Twitter – bear in mind  he now has over 1 million followers instead of 500,000 - Here. You never know you may be in his next book. (And to connect on twitter to Layers of Thought - Here.)


Andrea said...

I saw this was out, but hadn't really look at it. It looks pretty funny.

Unknown said...

Andrea -
It is so funny. I was driving my husband crazy reading the little nuggets to him. Some snippets are sad as well.

Hey I put you in my blog roll under YA books? Is that where you would like to be?
Take Care!

DCMetroreader said...

I don't know how to tweet or even have a twitter account, but this looks laugh out loud funny!

Unknown said...

Kim -
I laughed myself silly with this book.

I am one of those people who thought Twitter was a bunch of hooey but after you get used to it Although I am still figuring it out - its a marketing and information sharing tool - just limited to 140 characters. Its fun...The only problem is the distraction factor :)

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