Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets

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A full-color, portable guide to getting all the fun and productivity from Twitter Twitter is hot! It’s used by everyone from teens keeping up with their friends to fundraising charities and organizations responding to natural disasters; even President Obama tweets. Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets gets you in on the fun, taking you all the way from setting up an account to incorporating cool third-party applications. Defined as microblogging, Twitter allows … More >>

Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets

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Published on 24/11/2009

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  1. Brian Connors November 24, 2009 11:31

    It’s impossible for me to work up much enthusiasm for this book one way or another. For one thing, it’s a book about one specific website, which to my way of thinking is something of a pointless exercise, something more suitable for a magazine special issue than a bound book. For another thing, it’s about Twitter, which is essentially a clever toy that has somehow been hyped into being the New Thing.

    So it’s a book. On Twitter. It does that job well, with basics and information on the different bits of software and technique that make a Twitter experience more convenient. But you can really google all this stuff, which leads to one question: is it worth paying to get all this in book form? I leave that question to you because, frankly, I just don’t care enough to try to give you an answer. I mean, I wouldn’t, but that’s just me; skim before buying.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. Abhinav Agarwal November 24, 2009 13:31

    Very, very nice glossy, all-color layout. Lots to like. Full of useful tips, but at 240 pages is way too long, and given the rapid change that Twitter is going through, has a limited shelf life. For example, the recent move by Twitter to highlight “search” on its home page is a big thing, yet not covered in the book because the book predates the development, and hence the book is already a bit out-of-date.

    You will likely not want to read this book in one go, but keep coming back to it for looking up specific chapters and topics.

    The first few chapters are all basic, and really speaking, should not even be there, as they talk about signing up for a Twitter account, password management, tweeting, etc… That could well be dispensed with in a page or two. If a reader/user needs to be handheld to that extent then it’s a moot point how much the user is going to benefit from the rest of the book… Also, a book on Twitter should really strive to be true to the principle of Twitter – brevity, which the book is not, at some 240 pages in length.

    Having said that, there is a lot in the book that is useful, and very much by way of tips and tricks that many will be unaware of. For example, Chapter 3 has a section where it tells you how to type in non-standard characters in a tweet (for example, type Alt+0128 to type in a Euro symbol). Elsewhere, did you know that you can send a message to “timer” and it acts like a timer service, sending you a tweet back after a specified interval of time? Or that you can movie information by sending a message to imdb? Or that you can configure Twitterfeed to send your blog feeds to Twitter?

    Twitter APIs are talked about, as are downloadable Twitter apps like Tweetdeck, Twhirl, mobile apps such as TwitterBerry, Twitterific, etc… , adding a Twitter gadget to your site, searching by date, topic, author, adding a Firefox extension, etc… If you have seen hashtags in tweets (# followed by a word) and wondered what they were, this book explains them. These are keywords, and if you want to use them in your posts, you first need to follow @hashtags, which “follows you back automatically, and it then indexes your hashtags.”

    Twitter is evolving and growing at such a furious pace that it is likely that much of the information in the book may become obsolete in six months or a year or two. The book may end up serving to be a quaint snapshot in time of what Twitter was in 2009/2009, like seeing a Yahoo home page from the Internet Archive as it looked in 1996.

    But read it, in 2009, while Twitter is “it”.

    Update (Nov 20 2009): Another example of how fast this book is getting out-of-date: Twitter’s “Lists” and “Retweet” enhancements are just two instances of developments that a paper book like this one cannot keep pace with.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Tarun Chachra November 24, 2009 16:07

    So at this point we are all aware of the Twitterverse and its growing popularity amongst the masses. Most of us use it in a casual manner and enjoy it too!! However, there are hidden things in the Twitter world that need to be uncovered….This book is the ‘secret decoder ring’ for the Twitterverse.

    I have been using Twitter for a long time as a tool to chat with friends, some of whom I have known for ever and some I have just randomly met. I also use it as a promotional tool for my blog. When I received this book I started reading through it and found a LOT of interesting tidbits which I would not have otherwise ever figured out. There is just so many things you can do with Twitter that I did not realize…I mean did you know you could get your weather forecast and or information about a movie directly from a Twitter BOT? I didnt..and now I do due to this interesting manual of sorts.

    The book is filled with images and simple text ‘How To’s’. It discusses everything from how to use Twitter on the web as well as how to setup your mobile phone and or your computer to use a Twitter client.

    I could probably go on for ever…but the above should tell you that this book is a must have. It is great for a beginner and for someone who has been on twitter for a while. I am sure most of the information is available on-line but this puts it in your hands and you can learn it at your own pace…not to mention it becomes a great reference book for the future.

    5/5 IMO!

    Disclaimer: Yes I received the book for free from Amazon. But I am not affiliated with the author in any way and my review is HONEST.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Jill Hart November 24, 2009 18:48

    This book is packed full over colorful graphics and images that will help even the most confused Twitter “wanna be.” The book starts with the basics and walks the reader through setting up a Twitter account, making that first Tweet, and how to customize Twitter (the background, profile colors, etc). The book then takes you through how to best use Twitter to your benefit – finding and following other Twitter users, Tweeting via cel phone, and how to search (and find) stuff via Twitter.

    The final few chapters take the reader a bit deeper into Twitter and cover topics like where and how to display your Twitter feed, using outside programs like TweetDeck, Twhirl and other tips and tricks.

    In my opinion this book is best suited for someone who hasn’t ever used Twitter and needs a straightforward how-to book. The average Twitter user will already know much of this info, but maybe benefit from the last two or three chapters.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. Manny Hernandez November 24, 2009 20:08

    I ran into this title by coincidence while browsing at a local bookstore. I was glad to find a book about Twitter, a phenomenon well on its way to become the next Facebook in a matter of time.

    The author takes the time to walk the reader through the basics of properly setting up a Twitter account, finding and following others, tweeting, re-tweeting, finding information on Twitter: in short, all that you need to make the most of Twitter.

    He moves on to explore numerous clients and web-based applications to help you maximize your Twitter experience: as far as I can tell, he leaves nothing out. If you have been using Twitter extensively for a while, you still stand to learn a few things from it: having been using using Twitter for 2 years now, I found a number of useful resources that I was unaware of. But if you are new to Twitter, this book will get you up to speed after you are done with it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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