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A Twitter Year: 365 Days in 140 Characters [Hardcover]

Kate Bussmann
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21 Nov 2011
Where can you find first-hand accounts of the Arab Spring, Japan's nuclear disaster or the Norwegian atrocities? Thousands flouting celebrity superinjunctions? X-rated snaps of politicians? A babysitter mistaken for a cricket match? Or Darth Vader's advice to angry US voters? The answer, of course: on Twitter.

The first of its kind, A Twitter Year distills a year of conversation, argument, revelation and revolution into a 'review of the year' as written by the Twitter community. With profiles of top users and fascinating stats, it captures the biggest events in current affairs, culture and sport - from the death of Osama bin Laden to the demise of the News of the World, the panic at the London Riots to the excitement of the Royal Wedding.

In the year the social network celebrates its 5th birthday, Twitter continues to grow at an incredible rate. There are now over 200 million accounts across the world, including Lady Gaga, the British monarchy, Lord Voldemort and a lot of pets. A Twitter Year gathers some of the funniest and sharpest tweets to bring you a unique celebration of the way we talk now.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (21 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408828472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408828472
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Bussmann is a magazine and newspaper journalist. Her writing has been published in the Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Red, Marie Claire, Grazia, InStyle, Stylist and many other titles around the world.

A Twitter Year: 365 Days in 140 Characters is her first book, and she continues to collate funny and interesting tweets and stories on atwitteryear.tumblr.com. You can find out more about her other writing at katebussmann.com.

Kate lives in London with her husband and two cats. They all have just returned from three years in New York.

You can follow Kate on Twitter at @katebussmann.

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@amiralx amira salah-ahmed

THIS is the most important moment we have ever experienced...we just ousted a dictator! #egypt 6.10 p.m. 11 Feb

@caitlinmoran Caitlin Moran

This wedding has mainly been about Pippa Middleton's amazing arse, hasn't it? 12.27 p.m. 29 Apr

'As millions of devotees have discovered, Twitter turns out to have unsuspected depth...In short, the most fascinating thing about Twitter is not what it's doing to us. It's what we're doing to it' (Stephen Johnson, Time)

'I like to follow my [something] Martha Stewart, 'cause Martha Stewart she keeps it scuttered and buttered, baked and flaked and she love to wake and bake with the big Snoop Dogg. You feel me?' (Snoop Dogg)

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The first of its kind, A Twitter Year distills a year of conversation, argument, revelation and revolution into a 'review of the year' as written by the Twitter community

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Having just bought and read this book, I'm not only surprised by its depth and insight but have found myself genuinely moved to a plethora of emotions. I wasn't expecting much more than a humorous bathroom read but this book just shows the extent to which Twitter has become part of modern life and a fore-runner in global news and opinion. Presented in an easily navigable and informative format, Bussmann and Bloomsbury have done a fantastic job. Well worth a read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for fans of current affairs 20 April 2012
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I bought this as a present for my husband as he was new to Twitter last year, but found myself utterly engrossed in it. The book is a summation of 2011 categorised by subject, with key events explained via the pithy 'Tweets' that people posted about them. There's the usual celeb/news stuff, but also categories such as science and nature which made it feel more substantial & useful. The other half frequents pub quizzes and this compendium will no doubt provide numerous nuggets for that, while for me it's a record of the year in news without the bias of the various media owners' spin on stories. I hope there's a 2012 version coming!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Present! 27 Dec 2011
it's a really good read. It took me right to the heart of the Arab Spring without the lack of toilets and terrible smell of onions. In all seriousness I really like this book despite the fact I'm her sister.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas pressie! 13 Jan 2012
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This was a great christmas present, however this means I have not actually seen or read the book! The recipient thoroughly enjoyed reading it and says she would recommend it for any twitter fans!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summarizing the World Through the Eyes of Twitter 10 Dec 2011
By Dr Conrade Yap - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first published book of its kind. The basic idea is to bring together in one book a list of 'tweets' that covers a range of issues around the world. Recognizing the prominent place in which Twitter has become in terms of news dissemination, this book may be the beginning of a new breed of authors and publishers. According to the book's research, the number of tweets per day range from a low of 65 million (June 2010) to a high of 230 million in September 2011. According to Twitter, there are more than 100 million twittering accounts. What makes Twitter the place to go to is the speed in which information is being updated. A number of years ago, the defacto place to go for breaking news is the TV. Following the TV is the speed of Internet updates on various news websites. Now, the crown is being given to the two forerunners of social networking: Twitter and Facebook.

Apart from seeing my tweet published (search for 'yapdates'), I marvel at how Bussmann is able to distill the millions of tweets into the various categories. There are 7 major sections where the tweets are classified. These include 'politics and current affairs,' 'royalty and religion,' 'celebrity,' 'science and nature,' 'sport and leisure,' 'arts, culture & media,' and a miscellaneous section entitled, 'a tweet a day.'

Three things stand out for me. Firstly, the book is able to provide the positive and negative tweets to provide a balanced presentation of tweets for each issue. One can easily thumb through the categories with the convenient tabs provided. Secondly, this book itself gives us a snapshot of the world in the past 365 days, simply by using Twitter. It tells me how the world has changed in terms in information sharing. Not only is it free, it is also fast. Thirdly, the careful selections of tweets mean that a lot of tweets have to be excluded from publication. This means a conscious decision on the part of the author and publisher to choose. This is no easy feat, considering the tonnes of data coming through each day. This book is an excellent example how social networking, self-publishing, and traditional book publishing and printing can be combined into one handy volume.

Thanks for selecting my tweet, Kate!

This book is provided to me free, courtesy of the author and Bloomsbury Publishing without any obligation for a positive review. The comments above are offered freely mine.
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