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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470479914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470479919
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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The only other books I'd recommend you read besides this one is Ready...Set...Tweet!
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This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to rename this book from "Twitter for Dummies" to "Twitter for Everyone: From Total Newbie to Total Rockstar."
Christopher Abraham
The sparkling conversational tone draws you in while providing clear instructions and very sensible advice.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dennis J. Lupton on July 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Pesner on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Abraham on October 13, 2009
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dennis G. on August 17, 2009
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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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