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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.