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Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets 1st Edition

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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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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,605,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My teenage daughters talked me into signing up for Twitter. I had no idea what I was getting into. But I had found a few old school friends and work colleagues on Facebook, so I thought: Why not?

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.

Highly recommended.
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Twitter as a social networking tool is exploding and this book is the first to help you untangle all of information you need to learn about Twitter and put out your first "tweet." It provides a good foundation for the basics of getting started but it is also loaded with intermediate and advanced tips and tricks to get the most out of Twitter. Whether you just want to start tweeting or are looking for ways to leverage Twitter to its fullest, I think you'll find everything you need to learn and maximize Twitter in this book.
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Full disclosure: By the time I read this book, I had been active on twitter for over a year. I had several hundred followers and was following several hundred people. In addition, I was a technical editor for a book on Programming the Twitter API

With that said, I considered the value of this book from both a power user's perspective as well as a complete n00b.

Twitter is extremely popular and there are tons of people on it. There are several items that you probably won't understand at first and it can be daunting. There are several gotchas you'll want to avoid. There are many things you can do to make Tweeting easier and the same goes for reading tweets. If you are new to twitter or are considering joining it, I can't think of a better resource.

-The book is very easy to read. The author's style is one that makes for very pleasant reading. He's concise and to the point yet covers topics very thoroughly. He uses anecdotes and works hard to keep the material light and interesting, but it's also very technical. You could easily read this book in a night or two which, for new users would probably be a good idea. I'd recommend reading the first few chapters, then going to twitter and playing around with what you know. Then read the next few and repeat until the end. The only reason I say this is b/c in many ways, the book is like a waterfall. There's just a ton of material and suggestions in it and the overwhelming majority are things that you'll definitely want to use or consider. It's not hard to build a catalog of every feature. What he does instead is cover just about every imagineable aspect of twitter while explaining why you'd want to do something a certain way or use a certain feature.
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What can you say about a social media phenomenon that limits messages to 140 characters? Quite a lot it turns out, but maybe not enough to fill a 250-page book. While Tweeting is about editing your thoughts down the bare minimum, writing books about Twitter seems to be about expanding them: including pages and pages on things that are self-explanatory, full of hype, or just repetitive. But good books on Twitter offer information people new to this form of social media might find helpful, and this book does just that.

First let me get the drawbacks of this book out of the way:

1. I found very little before page 24 that I couldn't figure out on my own by visiting the Twitter website. For example, the entire section on how to sign up for a Twitter account should be unnecessary to almost anyone. The next 100 pages contain much repetition and information only useful to specific users. For example, there are pages about Twitter text commands, when all one really needs is the information in table 5.1 on page 98, and only if you're using the kind of cell phone that needs text commands to begin with. Things don't really get interesting until page 154.

2. Through no fault at all on the part of the writer, Twitter is constantly changing, so some information is already irrelevant or out of date. This is inevitable when dealing with any quickly developing form of technology. For example, the book mentions "@ replies", but it seems this has been replaced by "@your_twitter_name." The book also mention that Twitter hasn't been subjected to Spammers yet, but I've found many, many Spammers there; and the book mentions the search field on your home page is in development, but it already exists.
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