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Twitter For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Laura Fitton , Michael Gruen , Leslie Poston
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Book Description

Twitter can boost your business and marketing efforts, and this guide shows you how

Twitter, the simple-to-use microblogging service, offers immense benefits for businesses and organizations. Fire departments, political candidates, and C0EOs have used Twitter to share up-to-the-minute information. Laura Fitton, maybe better known by her Twitter handle - @Pistachio, has more than 10,000 followers on Twitter, and gives presentations on how to use Twitter to build business and personal opportunity. She's joined by Michael Gruen and Leslie Poston to share Twitter expertise in this easy-to-follow guide.

You'll discover how to get set up on Twitter, build a follower list, and find a voice for your tweets. Then you'll learn to use third party tools to link Twitter to other sites and incorporate it into business communication models. This book covers

  • The basics of signing up and creating tweets
  • Following other users and adding followers to your own tweets
  • Mastering the "Twecosystem"-the tools that tie Twitter to many other Web applications, including mobile devices
  • Strategies for enhancing business communication, marketing, and networking opportunities with Twitter

Twitter For Dummies gets you up and running on this hot communications tool the fun and easy way.

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"Twitter for Dummies may be 266 pages long and contain an index, but it would probably help quite a few people to give it a read. Thorough." (, July 7, 2009)


"Twitter for Dummies may be 266 pages long and contain an index, but it would probably help quite a few people to give it a read. Thorough." (, July 7, 2009)

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  • File Size: 4715 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470479914
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best source of Twitter info yet July 8, 2009
I purchased this book after finding just enough information elsewhere to get me addicted to Twitter. The information I was able to find was a bit vague and seemed to be more for the veteran than the newbie. Then along came "Twitter for Dummies" and all of my questions were answered. This book not only explains how you do everything, but why you would want to in the first place. It is written with a clear understanding and a true passion for the service. Twitter is such a fast evolving service that is used by so many different people and organizations for so many different reasons that no book could ever cover it all. Fortunately, the authors have provided additional resources which will provide whatever updated or changing information you may need. But be forewarned, if you are just a casual user of Twitter, this book may make you a true addict.

As with other "for Dummies" books, "Twitter for Dummies" is broken down into convenient, independent sections which contain all of the necessary information a reader needs to gain a full understanding of each topic. Although a cover to cover read will give a reader a somewhat unnecessary review of the basics required for each section, the authors have placed enough little factoids and bits of information (@Pistachio's Easter eggs) throughout the book that you will want to read it all.

If you purchase this book, you can find me on Twitter at @Headshota23 (shameless plug). I'm sure I will see you there.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book to Jump Start Your Twitter Experience July 21, 2009
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Should this review be just 140 characters? I don't think it would be helpful; or how about: "Great book. Buy it. Great for newbies and sort-of-newbies."

I had been on Twitter for several months, but could never really get a handle on what the benefits were, how to "talk the Twitter language" and how to manage all the tweets I was getting.

Yes, the book starts with the basics of signing on (well, it IS a "Dummies" book), but even some of the basics were things I needed to know. The authors are also very upfront that things are constantly changing; but this being Twitter, they'll also provide updates via @dummies.

The book is well organized and answered all my questions so that I'm not afraid to go online (or on-mobile!) and dive in. In fact, the authors encourage you to jump into conversations and not be shy.

Lots of good tips, lots of things to do on Twitter.

If you've been using Twitter for a while and feel you know you way around, this book isn't for you. It's for the rest of us--those of us who may have put our toes in but needed to be up to submerge ourselves (bad metaphor?), or for those who may have been afraid of this new social medium. Happy tweets!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Now Tweeting Like a Bird! August 17, 2009
I have been using Twitter in my business for several months now without a real understanding of all the ins and outs of the service. There was aspects of the service that I wasn't taking advantage of because I had no idea they existed. I was in essence leaving money on the table.

I now have a much clearer understanding of Twitter and all its features. More importantly, I now have a plan to use Twitter to build real lasting relationships for my business. Twitter for Dummies is THE source for not only beginners but for those who already have an account but don't know what RT means or what a #hashtag is or for those who are lost for ways to create lasting, meaningful relationships using social media.

Twitter will soon be the king of all social media so the time is now to jump on the train. Twitter for Dummies is your boarding pass.

Lets connect on Twitter @dennis_gill.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twitter for Dummies, Twitter for Everyone October 13, 2009
Twitter For Dummies should be called Twitter for Everyone. I may be considered a pretty heavy Twitter user and was #herebeforeoprah but even I really enjoyed getting into the heads of Laura @pistachio Fitton, Michael @gruen Gruen, and Leslie @geechee_girl Poston.

If I were to boil Twitter for Dummies down, I would say that you can't dumb down Laura, Michael, or Leslie -- they're leaders in Twitterville and you really cannot be disappointed if you grab the book.

For me, the entire book only took me the length of a Hollywood movie to read because I am pretty advanced; however, I must say that I they threw in kitchen sink in this book, extending into lesser-used features such as the Public Timeline and really geeky command-line access to Twitter such as "d chrisabraham" or "follow chrisabraham," etc.

In fact, there's a whole chapter on rocking Twitter via SMS text-messaging, something that may be less relevant to the Twitterati but is very important to 75% of all cell phone users (and yes, I did make up that nuber, I think it is closer to 90%) who don't rock smartphones -- just be sure to make sure you get the unlimited texts plan if you plan to go with SMS or you'll be screwed.

Of course, everything is covered and covered again and you really need to be a moron if you can't sort yourself out with Twitter by the end of Part III -- but this is Twitter for Dummies and not Twitter for Morons (and, publishers, I am super interested in writing that book -- also, Twitter for Effen Morons) so there you go -- it is what it is. (Strangely enough, however, is that there isn't one mention of my beloved Android G1 phone! There's mentions of the iPhone, the Blackberry, and even Javascript phones but where the hell's my G1! OK, I am done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful guide to Twitter
It covers a wide spectrum of uses for Twitter in many different applications whether for pleasure or business. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. D. Kaye
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 3 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Information!
As with the "Dummies" books, this one is clear and concise and gives the reader the right how-to's to engage with Twitter!
Published 10 months ago by Andy Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm still mystified
What's probably needed is a one page cheat sheet rather than this overblown guide which is beyond the ken of genuine dummies like me.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars tweet tweet
I found the book to be very informative I was able to follow all the instructions to the letter, I'm no longer a twitter dummy.# success!
Published 17 months ago by brenda m robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but .....
It's good but totally out of date. I have no idea why the authors haven't bothered to update the on-line version, that would be worth another star.
Published 22 months ago by Hamilton Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful book
The book is good as practically all books "for dummies" are, however in the case of twitter the client applications develop so fast that I don't think anybody could write this book... Read more
Published on January 21, 2012 by Juan J. Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive!
"Make sure that your cellphone carrier has an unlimited text-messaging plan..." ~ p.59

I've read a few Twitter books and found them all helpful. Read more
Published on July 18, 2010 by Rebecca of Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide, long-winded, but good for detailed how-to's...
FULL of wonderful insights and URL's on how and when to use Twitter; didn't have quite as many anecdotes and 'ah-hah' moments as Twitterville, but still worth the discounted prices... Read more
Published on March 21, 2010 by iqhope
5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced and thorough introduction
Knowing nothing about Twitter before opening this book, I needed it to get me up and running quickly and painlessly. Read more
Published on February 25, 2010 by Mike Williams
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Called by some Twitter's original Cinderella story or a "Queen" of Twitter, Laura "@Pistachio" Fitton is the founder of Credited with explaining Twitter's business value to Guy Kawasaki and dozens of other tech leaders, she's been speaking professionally about the business use of Twitter since October 2007, and launched Pistachio Consulting, the first Twitter for Business consultancy, in September 2008.

She's lectured on the topic at Harvard Business School, for Cornell's Entrepreneurs' Network (she is an alum) and at numerous conferences and other universities. Consulting clients include Lotus, Anthem Health, Ford and Johnson & Johnson and she's been quoted in more than 50 national publications including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, and BusinessWeek.

Even closer to her heart, Laura believes that everyone can benefit - dramatically - from what Twitter has to offer, and shares her own 'isolated mom to sought-after author' story as an example of its power to overcome isolation. The people you meet on Twitter can remove obstacles that hold us back in our everyday lives. In December 2008 she showed how Twitter can bring thousands together to achieve big change with very small donations, building five wells in the developing world with her @WellWishes holiday wish campaign for Charity:Water. She wrote Twitter for Dummies and founded oneforty in hopes of bringing this kind of opportunity to mass audiences.

On the personal side, Laura stays busy raising her daughters and stealing bits of time here and there for ice hockey, ashtanga yoga, surfing, snowboarding and rockclimbing. She's also a stroke survivor dedicated to raising awareness. Laura makes her home near Boston, MA with her two daughters and a giant Leonberger dog named Hope.

You can follow her adventures and mishaps on Twitter at, or learn more about how to be a part of the next @WellWishes at

For speaking engagements, Laura is represented by Monitor Talent. Please contact for more information.

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