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The Twitter Book

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by Tim O'Reilly, Sarah Milstein
     
 

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This colorful book is a clear, friendly guide with plenty of illustrations to help people get comfortable using Twitter — and then get the most out of it. The highly-popular Twitter micro-blogging service represents an evolution in Internet participation. With no more than 140 characters per message, users can stay connected to friends and family, meet new

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This colorful book is a clear, friendly guide with plenty of illustrations to help people get comfortable using Twitter — and then get the most out of it. The highly-popular Twitter micro-blogging service represents an evolution in Internet participation. With no more than 140 characters per message, users can stay connected to friends and family, meet new people, track news, market their company, and more. But despite its flexibility, Twitter can be difficult to learn. "The Twitter Book" guides readers with simple explanations and examples to help new users understand the service.

Editorial Reviews

Steve Rubel
Ever been to Nepal? Me neither. However if I ever do go, even though the aborigines who live there are just like us, I will enlist a Sherpa to guide me through the landscape and the nuances of the culture. That's what The Twitter Book is to Twitter. The Twitter community is, at its heart, filled with passionate people engaged in conversations.
It's just like Main Street USA. However, culturally, Twitter is its own country with its own language. Its various conventions like DMs and hashtags sound more like retro phrases from the 1960s than the underpinnings of one of the largest social networks on the web today. However, with a quick study, anyone can jump in, engage and accomplish their goals. With The Twitter Book, Sarah Milstein and Tim O'Reilly give you everything you need to get started while leaving just enough for readers to explore on their own. It's an terrific resource I am recommending to all of our clients and anyone else who is curious about Twitter.

— Steve Rubel, SVP/Director of Insights, Edelman Digital

Tony Hsieh
Once again, O'Reilly has put together a great, comprehensive primer. If you're ready to dive into the world of Twitter, I highly recommend this book!

— Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos

Mark Frauenfelder
Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein are two of my favorite tweeters, and they've just written The Twitter Book, a pleasingly-designed 240-page guide to making the most out of Twitter.

— Mark Frauenfelder,

Richard Pachter
Movie stars, media figures, captains of industry and book reviewers are doing it, but how can businesses discern the twits from the tweets? O'Reilly and Milstein present as lucid and intelligent an overview as you'd want or need. The format is concise but quite rich, and there's plenty here to convince skeptics that employing Twitter as a marketing tool is a very good way to engage customers.

— Richard Pachter,

JR Peck
As with anything that gains high profile popularity there are plenty of Twitter haters out there, though the role that Twitter has played in the recent Iranian elections seems to have brought more legitimacy to Twitter in the eyes of many. With popularity come books and quite a few are already out there about and for twitter, but my favorite so far is The Twitter Book by Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein.

— JR Peck,

Michael Liedtkeap
The 234-page guide is so helpful that many readers no doubt will tweet its praises and thank "(at)timoreilly" and "(at)sarahm" — the authors' Twitter handles — for helping people understand why Twitter is emerging as the Internet's most powerful communications vehicle since e-mail.

— Michael Liedtkeap,

Jennifer Van Grove
...appropriate for those you're trying to convince that Twitter is all the rage. The book reads like a beginner's how-to guide, which means you could even use it as a subtle way to encourage less than stellar Twitter users to improve their Twittering ways.

— Jennifer Van Grove,

Cory Doctorow
As easy to grasp as a tweet, this book cuts through the tiresome twitterhype and delivers a bunch of sensible, down-to-earth material on using and enjoying Twitter.

— Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing and author of Little Brother

From the Publisher
...appropriate for those you're trying to convince that Twitter is all the rage. The book reads like a beginner's how-to guide, which means you could even use it as a subtle way to encourage less than stellar Twitter users to improve their Twittering ways.

— Jennifer Van Grove,

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596802813
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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From the Publisher

...appropriate for those you're trying to convince that Twitter is all the rage. The book reads like a beginner's how-to guide, which means you could even use it as a subtle way to encourage less than stellar Twitter users to improve their Twittering ways.

— Jennifer Van Grove,

Meet the Author

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. For everything Tim, see tim.oreilly.com.

Sarah Milstein is UBM TechWeb's GM & Co-chair for Web 2.0 Expo, an influential, semi-annual conference on the profitable intersection of entrepreneurship and technology. Previously, she was on the senior editorial staff at O'Reilly Media. Before joining O'Reilly in 2003, Sarah was a freelance writer and editor, and a regular contributor to The New York Times. She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Bonus fact: she was the 21st user of Twitter.

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Twitter Book 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
kulchavulcha More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent source of easy to understand information about Twitter. But take one look at the print edition (it's long and narrow) and you realize that it should have been formatted for the NOOKcolor for horizontal reading (just like they did for 'The Polar Express') rather than for vertical display. Too bad the NOOK techies don't consider such things. It's a much less pleasant reading experience than it could have been.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ellenok More than 1 year ago
Easy to understand, comprehensive in topics, tips, tricks, and how to's. If I was puzzled about something, I knew the profeessor would know me by name and know my issue.
JackLimpet More than 1 year ago
As a newcomer to Twitter I looked at a few books to get me quickly up to speed. I found many of them to be text-heavy and, in keeping with the 140-character Tweet limit, I was looking for something rather more pithy. This book hits that spot precisely. Richly illustrated with pictorial examples, the book is a light read but right but up to date and pretty comprehensive in its coverage. I've learnt a lot, including about stuff I didn't realize I needed to know about. Good value and good. Recommended.
UncleDennis More than 1 year ago
I bought this book (along with a "Missing Manual" book by O'Reilly about Facebook) to get a better understanding about how to use Twitter and "social media" for both personal reasons (not that I have a lot to say in 140 characters or less) and professional (having already decided to get the word out about the Financial Aid Office at the community college I work at) reasons. "The Twitter Book" was just the right combination of technical information and non-tech info to getting a good working knowledge of Twitter and how to use it for a variety of reasons. Although the book isn't technical in nature, it certainly covers all of the necessary topics to understanding how to utilize the best aspects of Twitter. I'm sure there are more comprehensive tomes on Twitter (let alone, Facebook and other social media platforms), but The Twitter Book is GREAT is its approach (easy to read, yet not written for tech-Neaderthals) and conveys just enough information to guide you along the path to a) starting to use Twitter and b) starting to learn more Twitter (through usage and other source). For its price, it's a great little read. Don't pass it up.
MIke-H More than 1 year ago
It's OK, an easy, bite sized read, and overpriced for what you get - but useful - like Twitter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is valuable once you can get familiar with the organization of it. You need a basic knowledge of Twitter to learn everything in it.
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