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- Print Length: 43 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007P8BGHG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Giving The Bird: The Indie Author's Guide to Twitter Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Knowledge like this CAN hurt.
This is the first common sense "how to do it" no BS book about today's technology and social media I have ever read, let alone purchased.
Wallace gives the reader the benefit of his decade-plus in advertising, marketing and promotions by explaining what Twitter can and cannot do, and better yet, what you should and (more importantly) should NOT do.
The book is easy to read (ask my aching neck if you don't believe me), very concise, self-deprecating at just the right places, brutally honest and best of all, it works.
What this book is NOT: It is not one of those scam direct advertisement debacles you get spammed with in which you read and read and read, scroll down the page and keep scrolling only to get to the part that says, "For the REAL secret of how to make zillions of dollars like me, sign up for my secret newsletter and send $24.95 for my amazing secrets all contained in this incredible e-book!!!"
What this book IS: The best damn $3 you'll spend on an e-book this year if you are in to social networking and social media to enhance your present business model.
Good job, Mr. Wallace.
I immediately changed my Twitter profile to what he recommended and did only one step he outlines (I'm taking this in small chunks) and I went from 45 followers the first day to 121 two days later. Two days! And I haven't actually completed that first step - it's a process. So do I recommend this book? Absolutely. It's short, sweet, and to the point. And more importantly, it works right out of the gate.
While it covers the basics of using Twitter, its real strength lies in the "why" and "what for" departments. Rather than simply re-telling us how to use the service, the author does a great job of explaining how to build an audience by following the unwritten rules of Tweeting etiquette. Moreover, the slant of this little guide is geared toward authors looking to promote and sell their work without making the same, obnoxious mistakes currently cluttering up the Twitterverse.
My only complaint was that I found the dinner party metaphor a tad trite. Mercifully, it only lasted a page or so. Perhaps this little niggle is the result of my real-life aversion to dinner parties in general, and something for which I shouldn't fault the author. Sorry.
I would recommend this guide over all of the others to anyone considering using Twitter. It's short, sweet, and simple -- you know, just like a tweet.
How your followers find you and how you follow people matter. Just because the local HVAC company follows you doesn't mean you have to. Creating a community of like minded people is more productive than following spambot.
So present day, this week as a matter of fact, I just reacquainted myself with Twitter. Being somewhat "iltwiterate," and in the process of writing my second anthology, I really didn't want to devote too much time discovering the nuances of this alien "webvironment." I was a stranger in a strange land, so to speak.
Perhaps the fates or providence played a hand with this informative gem being recommended to me by a fellow author. I immediately downloaded and read it in a sitting. "Giving the Bird" answered many questions for me and offered simple solutions to complex interactions. Mr. Wallace has an enjoyable comedic writing style, which never detracts from the sound advice he gives. Don't expect this book to make you a Twitter phenom. If anything, Mr. Wallace offers you a means to get a foot in the door. Sometimes that's all one needs...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Giving the Bird was a quick read and really got to the point. Already I have started to make adjustments to my profile and my brainstorming process behind writing new tweets. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Ebling
This is a very short book, which is kind of nice. It pretty much gets to the point, though there's a little overlap. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Angel Leya
Solidly written with a solid metaphorical backbone to illustrate its points. Buy this book and make the world a better place.Published on July 20, 2014 by Daniel Taylor
I wanted clear and concise informstion concerning WHAT to tweet vs. the mechanics of Twitter. This book delivers big time. Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Carol L LeSueur
If this book taught me nothing about Twitter, I would still recommend it for being such a funny read. As it happens, the book also taught me a lot about Twitter. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Book Addict
Because at the end of the day Benjamin Wallace really tells you how to be a better and happier person, sort of like Jesus or the Buddha if they were very witty and putting out... Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Jack Swelters
Don't ask why I named this review "Clean Underwear". If you read "Giving the Bird" you will understand. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Lloyd Lofthouse
Thanks for sharing Ben. This is a great little book loaded with tips and important views on the Twitter thing... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Blondieco
As an Amazon author, Ben succeeded in giving me some fresh ideas for communicating with my Twitter followers. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Ballenamar
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