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The World According to Twitterby David Pogue
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The wit and wisdom of the Twittersphere captured in a hilarious, occasionally poignant, and often useful collection of hand-picked tweets.
New York Times technology columnist David Pogue has tapped into the brilliance of his half-million followers on Twitter by posting a different, thought-provoking question every night. The questions ranged from the earnest (What's your greatest regret?) to the creative (Make up a concept for a doomed TV show) to the curious (What's your great idea to improve the cell phone?). Out of 25,000 tweets, Pogue has gathered the very best 2,524 into this irresistible, clever, laugh-out-loud funny book. The World According to Twitter is truly a grand social networking experiment, in which thousands of voices have come together to produce a unique and wonderful record of shared human experience.
Some samples: Compose the subject line of an email message you really, really don't want to open.
To my former sexual partners, as required by law (@markowitz)
RE: What seems to have been your car (@pumpkinshirt)
From: Your Publisher. Subject: Ha, good one Could you send the real chapter now, please? (@ Lookshelves) Make up a prequel to a famous movie.
Mr. Smith MapQuests Washington (michaelbuckman)
Snakes in the Terminal (@justinchambers)
We're Running Low on Mohicans (@rllewis)
There Goes Private Ryan...I Hope He'll Be OK (@slightly99) Describe your 15 minutes of fame.
My stepfather was The agony of defeat guy on ABC's Wide World of Sports, before the ski jumper (he was the car spinning out at Daytona 500). (@BigDaddy978)
I juggled for Clinton's inauguration. 20 minutes of FBI pat-downs, and then I wound up throwing knives around the president anyway. (@McEuen)
I'm on a Girl Scout cookie box (have been for 9 years, so it's longer than 15 minutes) (@libbyfish) Add 1 letter to a famous person's name.
Yo Yo Mad: Angry violinist (@eboychik)
Gringo Starr: Best drummer north of the border (@eboychik)
Tronto: Sidekick of the Canadian Lone Ranger (@pumpkinshirt)
Thomas Hobbies: Life is just a bunch of nasty, brutish and short weekend projects (@louielu12)
"The World According to Twitter" is at once a marvelous book and a grand social networking experiment, in which tens of thousands of voices have come together to produce a humorous, thought-provoking record of their shared human experiences.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Twittersphere captured in a hilarious, and occasionally poignant, collection of handpicked tweets-the first-ever book created exclusively using content from Twitter.com To demonstrate the real-time nature of Twitter during a recent lecture, New York Times Circuits columnist David Pogue turned from his PowerPoint presentation to his Twitter page and typed I need a cure for hiccups....RIGHT NOW Help? In less than 15 seconds, feedback poured in: Have someone slowly & softly count backwards from 10-1 in Russian for you. Works every time Simple. Just hold your breath until Windows 7 is released. So in addition to his daily posts about technology, Pogue began posing questions to his followers that ranged from the earnest (What's your greatest regret?) to the curious (What's the best bumper sticker you've seen lately?) to the creative (Make up an ancient Chinese proverb). The responses, edited by Pogue and gathered in this irresistible book, are clever and often laugh-out loud funny. The World According to Twitter is at once a marvelous book and a 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.
About the Author
David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for The New York Times
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