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About the Author
David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for The New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column, an online video, and a popular daily blog, "Pogue?s Posts." He is also an Emmy award?winning tech correspondent for CBS News, and he appears each week on CNBC with his trademark comic tech videos. With more than 3 million books in print, he is one of the world?s bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "Dummies" series, and in 1999 he launched his own series of computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes more than 100 titles. He has been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." Pogue?s website is www.davidpogue.com and his Twitter screen name is Pogue. He lives in Connecticut.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm one of Pogue's twitter followers and I have one of the 2,524 winning tweets in the book. I responded "If you can't be good be careful. If you can't be careful be good." to the question, "What's the best advice your parents ever gave you?". Mom is quite proud that there is now evidence that I listened to at least one thing she told me! Although I received a free, autographed copy I'm willing to spend bucks to get another copy of this collection of tweets. Yes they are that good--and the book is printed in the USA so I won't hurt our trade deficit. The tweets are so hilarious, insightful and touching that I want to mark my favorites and carry the book with me during my travels. Plus, fast flipping of the pages reveals a free movie in the book's right margins.
Behind every great tweet is a poignant question. Some of my favorite responses relate to formulas for disaster, take-offs on Dr.Read more ›
The questions Pogue posed were varied. For example:
What cool anagram can you make from the letters of your own name?
What made your first kiss memorable?
What's the best prank you ever witnessed?
Redefine an existing word in a punny way.
Of course, a lot of the tweets included in the book (a total of 2524) aren't, to my mind, funny or clever or worthy. But that's my subjective response, and everyone who skims the book will probably feel the same way, but will favor different entries. That's the nature of this sort of book. And some of the entries are worth reading. Here, for example, is my favorite response to Pogue's challenge to his followers to "explain a facet of modern life in the style of Dr. Seuss":
"I mail, I text, I tweet, I blog,
I build a Facebook for my dog,
I speak no words, I shake no hands,
I am at last a modern man."
And I laughed aloud reading this series of responses to "Who's had a brush with greatness?"
"My dad once waited in line for a bathroom in between Henry Kissinger & Rupert Murdoch.Read more ›
His latest campy-yet-hilarious entry into the world of witty-tech media is "The World According to Twitter", a traditional paperback book that he 'wrote', along with a little help from his 250,000 Twitter followers. In the book, Pogue has managed to accrew thousands of funny thoughts from thousands of followers and create a very amusing collection of witty jokes, one-liners, and puns. Each of Pogue's careful set-ups are abound with hilarity, and you'll be surprised as you read that each response is just as funny as the last.
I do not refer to it as a 'bathroom reader' to undercut it's value, but instead I call it a 'bathroom reader' because unlike a traditional novel, it is the perfect thing to sit down and read for 10 seconds or 2 hours.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clever tweets from around the world. Love David Pogue and his great informative approach to technology. Informative and entertaining. Always interesting.Published 6 months ago by Two Readers
Saw him speak and loved him. Bought the book, but it just wasn't enjoyable and I stopped reading.Published 15 months ago by Jeffrey Rosen
The great thing about this is that we've all written it - it's about us because it's by us, as we exist, pursue and alter life in the age of social media.Published 15 months ago by Bill & Chuck
I have really enjoyed reading this book, I am now follwing David hoping to see one of my Tweets in his next book.Published on December 19, 2012 by MeIGot2B
The best parts of this book have all been submitted by the followers of Mr. Pogue on Twitter and they are a clever bunch. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Kiltman
I am new to tweeting(in fact, I still don't have a cellphone) but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. David Pogue has written,or plagiarized, a delightful panoply of witty twittering. Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by Ovid
Not a great book, but fun, sort of beach-read book. Good book to pick up and read in short bits. Pogue is a funny guy, but as with most such books, it can get a little... Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by HappilyRetired
The World According to Twitter comes from a personal technology columnist who has posed a different Twitter question each night - and here shares the humor and insights of Twitter... Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Midwest Book Review