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Comedy in 140 Characters
Read an excerpt from Twitter Wit, then read a Q&A with the author, Nick Douglas [PDF].

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061897272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061897276
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,003,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“A whimsical collection of the best tweets so far, pithy posts that say a lot in 140 characters or less. ” (Associated Press)

“No matter your opinion of Twitter, you can enjoy some laughs in these 140-character (or fewer) communiques from hundreds of folks, compiled by techno-smartie Douglas.” (Sacramento Bee)

“Douglas has collected 158 pages of proof that some of the millions of typists on Twitter are laugh-out-loud funny. A few are masters of compression, able to illuminate our common humanity in a couple of lines of text. String enough of them together in the right order, as Douglas has done, and you’ve got a crowdsourced replacement for David Foster Wallace, without the too-long-didn’t-read factor.” (LA Weekly)

About the Author

Technology writer and humorist Nick Douglas was the founding editor of Valleywag, and has also written for Wired, Slate, and the Huffington Post. Douglas lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

I haven't read "all" of the book, but I read what I wrote... in theory.
Jason Shellen
I laughed out loud as much with this 162 page book as I have with any other book.
Steve Burns
And your mom will be that much closer to understanding either you or me.
G. Barnes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By J. Dobbs on August 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
There are literally millions of books, and this one is no exception.

Flip it open for a quick lol. Start at the beginning to experience the story in its intended sequence. Or maybe read several pages and then skip to the end to see if you solved the mystery correctly. Twitter Wit lets you decide, as Douglas guides us on a dark journey into the minds of some of Twitter's most underemployed layabouts. Along the way, he examines the human condition and whatever.

This is totally the Dances With Wolves of Twitter books.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By James M. Thornburg on August 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am absolutely hilarious in this book. Nick did a great job of showing my depth. You will all love me, guaranteed.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By B. Compton on August 27, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I gave this book five stars even though it is not literally the most perfect book ever made. (That would be a little book I like to call Auto Repair For Dummies.) Here is a very even-handed review of the book:

PROS:
* Rolls up easily into a tube to serve as a make-shift telescope with startlingly clear 1:1 magnification
* Will work in a pinch to kill insects smaller than the book, if swung with gusto and palpated terror
* Contains tweets from many of my friends
* Found in the top drawer of every hotel room in which Nick Douglas has ever stayed
* Includes handy pull-out section for you to write in your own tweets
* Puzzles: Some tweets contain secret, anagrammed messages! (Page 82 has a DOOZY)

CONS:
* Also contains tweets from several of my mortal enemies (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE)
* Covers are very floppy, almost like they're made out of paper
* Smells delightfully of lilac
* Will bring a smile to the grumpiest of literate faces
* Prompts everyone who was in the book to write a silly review of it
* No answer key or teacher's edition

In the end, your annoying insect infestation won't stand a chance against this tiny powerhouse. I WILL IGNORE ALL REBUTTALS OF THIS REVIEW FROM INSECTS AND INSECTOIDS.

EDIT #1 8/28/2009:
The book is looking at me.

EDIT #2 8/29/2009:
Grammer, punctuation, and cockney rhyming slang corrections.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve Whitaker on September 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
First, notice the cover. Look how the word "wit" is right under the "wit" in Twitter. That's really cool. And see how the bird seems to be SAYING "twitter wit" because of the little bubble coming out of his mouth? If that bird were actually Tweeting, or "tweeting," the words "twitter wit," he'd have, like, 129 characters left.

Then there's the kind of MS-Paint looking white box below the bird's tweet. Doesn't it look kinda MS-Paint-y? And shouldn't it be "Brilliance in 140 Characters or _fewer_?" Pretty dodgy editing there, guy.

The stuff inside, IIRC, is okay, but I don't RC. It's like a meal that you eat while you're talking, and you can't really remember it, but the burps later might clue you in to what you just ate. And my burps taste really funny, so I imagine the book's pretty good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason Shellen on August 25, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm in this book. To be clear I wrote a little tiny bit of this book. I haven't read "all" of the book, but I read what I wrote... in theory.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Barnes on August 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
With Twitter Wit, Mr. Douglas has struck a chord. A chord deep in the psyche of human consciousness or some such thing. Following in the tradition of Honoré de Balzac and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Douglas throws open the window of literary illumination on the often vexing world of Twitter, revealing a universe of wit, intelligence, irreverence, and a complete disregard for the productive use of time.

So order this book, and see what all the fuss is about. Once you read it, you will never not have read it. And your mom will be that much closer to understanding either you or me. Guaranteed.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Monteiro on August 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book contains a lot of things written by ME so I'm giving it 5 stars.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By sokeri on August 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I can't wait to see what offensive thing I said about your mom got published in this book.

EDIT: now that I've seen the book, I'm sorry to say that I didn't mention your mother at all. however, I'm proud of Nick for finally figuring out how to monetize my vagina.
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