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5.0 out of 5 stars This is *the* missing manual for Twitter,
This review is from: The Twitter Book (Paperback)I bought this book after a month of being on Twitter.
You can tweet unaided, but for starters it explains what all the strange @username, #tags and ^(initials) type constructs mean and how they're used. Then the book gives a lot of good data on the tools to find, engage, size and participate in the conversations others have with individuals interested in what you (and your business) do. Then a pile of free resources to make your own profile page more professional, and how to set up things in some of the third party clients (like Tweetdeck) for getting real time feeds.
It also describes voyeuristic-ish tools (Tweetscoop) where you can see the Twitter version of Google Trends in real time as a regularly updating "tag cloud" - which you can then click through onto the specific conversation stream. First time I tried it, one of the common words in tweets yesterday was "Air France crash" - telling the news of finding debri 12 mins after it was first known in Brazil.
As i'm typing this, I have one column of Tweetdeck hooked into the tweets about the Apple Worldwide Developer conference (#wwdc) as attendees arrive in San Francisco - and I expect i'll hear about the contents of the Keynote as it progresses tomorrow.
Well worth the money Amazon charge for the book, and a useful (light) read for anyone who wants to earwig (and participate) in conversations about their own interests, causes or the organisations they work for.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quick read for Twitter newbies,
This review is from: The Twitter Book (Paperback)As a newcomer to Twitter I looked at a few books to get me quickly up to speed. I found many of them to be text-heavy and, in keeping with the 140-character Tweet limit, I was looking for something rather more pithy. This book hits that spot precisely. Richly illustrated with pictorial examples, the book is a light read but right but up to date and pretty comprehensive in its coverage. I've learnt a lot, including about stuff I didn't realize I needed to know about. Good value and good. Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Covers the basics very well,
This review is from: The Twitter Book (Paperback)The only way you can *really* get to grips with Twitter is by using it yourself, but this book goes as far as it can to explain the service and its intricacies without that crucial step.
The suggestions of additional services to use were great, and the page explaining advanced search terms was new to me (a Twitter user of ~2 years), though could have covered a few more terms.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to someone wanting to get to grips with twitter fast, though I do feel the authors missed a trick by:
1) mentioning link-shortening services repeatedly, then including the full URLs of all links (some of which are pretty lengthy)
2) not including at least a few lists in an appendix of suggested accounts to follow (though there are many in the body of the book).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bigger Book of Twitter,
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This review is from: The Twitter Book (Paperback)Yes, it is a colourful and informative book if you need an explanation of all the bits and bobs of Twitter. Of course, Twitter "help" pages will tell you all you need to know; this book does it in a more colourful way.
Is it value for money? The answer will vary according to the individual of course. All I would say is that there are smaller and cheaper books on Twitter that do a very decent job of explaining all the "@" symbols and suchlike.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Twitter Book for Twitts (like me),
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This review is from: The Twitter Book (Paperback)I had been using Twitter for some time but realized that I was not using it to its full potential. Twenty minutes in to this book and I had discovered some things I was not aware of. When I get around to finishing this book I am sure that I'll be tweeting with the best of the tweeters! I am convinced that there are a lot of people like me who opened a Twitter account, logged on and expected it to be entirely intuitive, for me it was not! This little book will be a great help to all newbie twitters' and some not so newbies!
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know to get you started,
This review is from: The Twitter Book (Kindle Edition)Reading this book I went from a pre-social-media marketer and copywriter to an experienced Twitter business user in - and I kid you not - a few weeks. It gives you the sort of tips that you crave for, and it does it in short, sharp, insightful bites.
Brilliant... buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone in to social media,
This review is from: The Twitter Book (Paperback)I chose this book to review as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program cos it looked lightweight and cute. Pretty pictures abound, and the Introduction is an ideal response to the questions of "So, what is this Twitter thing anyway, and why would you be bothered with it?"
Once it gets going, though, there's plenty of meat in this volume. I've been on Twitter for a few years now and manage a selection of personal and professional feeds, but I learned a lot from this book - both about Twitter itself and the various 3rd party products that enhance its usefulness.
At the trivial end of the scale, I've always assumed that HT and MT were typos of RT, but no, they actually mean something: HT is a "hat tip", MT is a "modified tweet".
At the pro-end, I discovered the TweetBackUp tool (tweetbackup.com), which backs up your tweets for free; Topsy (topsy.com), which allows you to search for and track tweets linking to a particular website or page; Listorious (listorious.com), which provides a directory of Twitter accounts by theme; and a multitude of other useful tools and resources. If you're after a product that will do X for your Twitter experience, chances are there's at least one reviewed in here.
If you're seriously into social media and Twitter in particular, this book is a must have.
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive introduction to Twitter,
This review is from: The Twitter Book (Paperback)Tweet 1: Interested in Twitter's features? Don't know where to start? Should look at @timoreilly and @sarahm book. The Twitter Book.
Tweet 2: Nice structure, guides via all these RTs, MTs, @s, #es, and all the basics related to Twitter's jargon. Don't know why 140 is the limit?
Tweet 3: Helps to find useful tools (both web and desktop/mobile based), people, and to build good profile. Don't know who should you connect to?
Tweet 4: Simple content. Simple language. Loots of examples. Sometime too basic content though.
Tweet 5: Good for people interested in using Twitter as yet another communication channel.
Tweet 6: You will enjoy the book while reading. One evening is more than enough to go through :)
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful for the novice Tweeter,
This review is from: The Twitter Book (Paperback)Having spent months promising to learn about twitter, I finally purchased the Twitter Book. Most importantly for me - it explains all the jargon - which, to a 40something is not always that obvious. It has helped demystify the whole thing and I have now integrated it into my business - (beauty salon). Twitter really is a great, direct tool for marketing and I would highly recommend the Twitter Book to take the fear out of it and give you very pratical guidance with plenty of examples.
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, brief guide to twitter that will give you a confident start,
This review is from: The Twitter Book (Paperback)Twitter looks very confusing at the beginning. You know that there is etiquette to follow and you don't want to look a fool, but it isn't obvious what one is meant to do. This relatively brief guide is an easy read. The content is practical, informative and quick to digest. I would not have known where to start without it.
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The Twitter Book by Sarah Milstein (Paperback - 20 May 2009)
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