- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 11, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470529695
- ISBN-13: 978-0470529690
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,156,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- join_the_buzz! Create your free Twitter account and keep up with family, friends, business contacts, and issues that interest you in real time.
find_friends Search for people you know, see if any of your contacts have Twitter accounts, invite friends to join, and then follow their tweets.
start_Twittering Post updates online or use your mobile phone. Send replies and direct messages to your friends, and save your favorite tweets.
find_stuff with basic and advanced word searches or search by locations, dates, or URLs, then monitor search results with RSS or tweet them to others.
share_your_feed by putting an app on FaceBook, displaying Twitter updates on your Blogger site, or, adding a Twitter widget to your Web site or MySpace® page.
extend_Twitter with third-party tools for managing, tracking, and Twitter clients; gadgets and widgets; and Twitter Web sites
tweet_on! Share photos and videos; schedule tweets; follow Twitter trends; create a Twitter poll; do group tweets, and more!
paul_mcfedries is the author of sixty books which have sold more than three million copies worldwide. Follow him on Twitter @Wordspy
About the Author
Paul McFedries is a technical writer who has been authoring computer books since 1991. He has more than 60 books to his credit, which together have sold more than three million copies worldwide. His current titles include the Wiley books MySpace Visual Quick Tips, Internet Simplified, iPhone 3G Portable Genius, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Macs, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows Vista. Paul is also the proprietor of Word Spy, a Web site devoted to new words and phrases (see www.wordspy.com). Paul lives in Toronto with his wonderful wife, Karen, and their silly dog, Gypsy. Please visit Paul’s personal Web site at www.mcfedries.com, or follow him on Twitter using his Twitter accounts @paulmcf, @wordspy, and @citizencoin.
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When I started getting emails from perfect strangers saying they were "following" me on Twitter, I thought perhaps I should find out what this phenomenon was really all about. So I ordered this book.
The book is well-written, and keeps within the parameters of knowledge which would belong to the average computer-savvy person (i.e. someone who can use a computer to surf for pleasure, word process, send email and do their office job.) It explained the reasoning behind Twitter, which is to keep up with friends and their lives in short bursts (bytes, really) of frequent information. The book also explains how to use shortcuts and extra features to enhance one's Twitter experience.
What the book did for me, admirably, is convince me that Twitter is a complete waste of time. I am already inundated with information which I feel I must assimilate to stay current in this fast-paced world. Twitter is an electronic pastime which I can safely do without. This book helped me decide that, and I think it did a good job of it.
You might come to the opposite conclusion after reading this book. It's an excellent resource, no matter what you decide.
The chapters are nicely organized, and the material presented in an easy to read and easy to follow manner. There are plenty of screen-shots, so you can get a feeling of what is happening without having to look at the computer.
Having said that, you can squeeze the most out of this book if you are reading it next to a computer. That way you can try the new features or new ideas presented in the book right away. Doing this would cement them in your memory, and increase the chances that if you picked up a good tip, you will remember it and carry it forward.
Obviously, there are a lot of learning resources about Twitter online, but for a lot of people, reading a book may be a more practical or effective way of learning new things. If nothing else, a book forces you to concentrate on a single-task. Something that cannot be said when you are in-front of Firefox with the whole world just a click away.
The book is not perfect, it has some minor issues. For example, some of the chapters earlier in the book have some sub-segments that feel a little bit out of place. Also, on page #11, the book misses the simplest tip on how to use multiple Twitter accounts on the same computer: use different browsers!
I have read this book as someone already familiar with Twitter, and I have picked up a number tips, suggestions and ideas. Since I was already familiar with Twitter, I cannot experience how an absolute beginner to Twitter may find this book.
However, based on having read the book cover to cover, I can recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about Twitter!