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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley Publishing; 2 edition (August 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470768797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470768792
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Enter the fun, productive, supportive, and powerful world of Twitter!

What do you have to tell the world in 140 characters? With this guide, you'll figure out what to say as you use Twitter to enrich your life and your business. It walks you through all the opportunities available with this social networking tool. You'll quickly gain a strong understanding of the Twitter landscape and begin tweeting like a pro.

  • Get down to the basics — figure out how to find your friends, invite them to Twitter, and start communicating with them in public and in private

  • Follow and be followed — determine how to search for thesorts of people you want to follow and how you can startcommunicating with them in a way that makes sense

  • Put Twitter into high gear — learn all the ways that you can interact with the Twitter interface, from desktop clients tomobile phone tricks to shorthand commands

  • Cultivate your presence — explore the different ways in which people, businesses, not-for-profits, and other organizations can use Twitter

  • Make it work — take advantage of the many resources that are useful in getting Twitter to work best for you

Open the book and find:

  • How to sign up, pick a name, and invite contacts

  • Tips for sending private messages

  • Steps for building a company relationship

  • Tricks of the Twitter gurus

  • Ways to share your tweets through social networking

  • All about staying on the cutting edge of Twitter

  • Techniques for finding your tweet voice

  • How to connect with people and make new friends

Learn to:

  • Sign up, navigate the interface, and make connections

  • Make your tweets unique

  • Use the latest shortcuts and tools

  • Promote your business or cause with Twitter

About the Author

Laura Fitton is founder of oneforty.com, a portal for Twitter services, and a top independent Twitter advisor.

Michael E. Gruen assists startup companies to get off the ground with the help of cutting-edge technologies.

Leslie Poston is founder of Uptown Uncorked, a firm offering training and consulting on social media marketing.


More About the Author

Called by some Twitter's original Cinderella story or a "Queen" of Twitter, Laura "@Pistachio" Fitton is the founder of www.oneforty.com. 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 http://www.twitter.com/pistachio, or learn more about how to be a part of the next @WellWishes at http://twitter.com/wellwishes.

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

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I'm just trying to get up-to-date with "Twitter" and this is NOT the book.
THE ULTIMATE PIZZA MANUAL Fan
Here's a great book - easy to read and understand that clearly explains the what why where when and how to use Twitter: what more could you want?
Jack G Hardy
Several people have made requests to follow me yet when I have pressed "accept" their names have not appeared on my list of followers.
wendy Walker

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By wendy Walker on February 3, 2012
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This book could benefit from a better index. For example, the main reasons I bought it were to learn how to send tweets and retweet. The former was not listed at all and the directions for the latter are difficult to execute on my computer. At 68, I'm not technically savy and consequently need clear, simple and specific instructions with diagrams which reflect those on my computer. Unfortunately, yours do not which means that I'm still unable to complete those tasks.
I'm beginning to learn how to send the same tweet to my followers, but have not yet found out how to do several other tasks and am hoping your book will help in those areas. Several people have made requests to follow me yet when I have pressed "accept" their names have not appeared on my list of followers. Finally, I'm working on my lists now and do not yet know whether your book has been helpful enough in that area.
I hope that this frank critique is useful.
Sincerely,
W. Walker
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James H. Chancey on May 29, 2013
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While the information in the book was once applicable, it is outdated and does not apply to the updates andnscreen changes that twitter has made. it was difficult to try to match the book info to Twitter page info.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Electric Eddie on September 5, 2012
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This book would be a lot more helpful, if half of the resources mentioned in the book existed on the Internet. Unfortunately I experienced an exercise in frustration when I tried to connect to resources mentioned in the book that didn't exist. As far as I'm concerned, the book should be read through a straw.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AppleTom21 on July 2, 2013
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There is nothing in this book that I could not find via Google for free. A complete waste of money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven J Weber on February 19, 2011
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I read 3 books on Twitter in 3 weeks ... This wasn't the most detailed of the 3 I read but it was a good overview -- I liked the humor and straightforward writing style of the authors
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob on July 25, 2013
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Perhaps there is not much to say about Twitter to fill a book. 90% of this book tells one how easy Twitter is to use but how to actually use it is more or less hidden in the remainder. Dummies reading this will either be bored with the rhetoric or left none the wiser.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Rodriguez @ bookleverage on August 28, 2012
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I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for the "for Dummies" series of books. I must have purchased and read over 15 different books on topics ranging from golf to SQL. They not only give you a great overview of a topic, but they offer enough information to make them useful resources long after you have read them. So when I decided to jump into the Twitterverse I knew I would start with Twitter For Dummies.

Twitter for Dummies follows the usual conventions used in the "for Dummies" series including icons that point out helpful information, highlights of useful facts and emphasis on any and all areas that need special note. What makes the series in general and this book in particular helpful is the breadth of material covered will both surely satisfy the Twitter beginner and give Twitter pros useful and effective ideas to heighten their Twitter experience.

Particularly helpful for me was the Part of Tens section near the back of the book that highlights ten twitter tools, ten useful Twitter-based services and ten cool ways to use Twitter. The glossary is also key in defining some Twitter lingo that the casual user may not understand. Also, throughout the book are interesting links and resources that will make the Twitter experience that much more fun and enjoyable for the beginner, be they private individuals or someone looking to introduce their company or business to Twitter.

Like all the "for Dummies" books I have read I highly recommend this book for those looking to make the plunge into the exciting world of Twitter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aldo on June 29, 2013
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It is cluttered and hate reading the book. A book should be concise and clear. I do not want to read a monotonous story book.
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