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Dustus One Shoot Sunday Interview!

Posted in One Shoot with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2010 by dustus

What happens when respected artists combine outstanding images and amazing poetry? Come on over to One Stop to check out my One Shoot Photography Sunday interview with traceimages and Jemfyr, the creators of Mosaïque Journey!

One Stop Poetry

Twitterville (Book Review)

Posted in Blog, education, social media, Social Media Book Reviews (by A. Dustus), writing with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2010 by dustus

Twitterville: How Businesses Can Thrive in the New Global Neighborhoods

Twitter may be the most effective social media tool for promoting grassroots causes. Irrespective of whether one’s initiative qualifies as political, business, or artistic; this micro blogging platform integrates extremely well with blogging and other social media sites. In fact, Twitter continues to prove effective to the point where major corporations like Dell, Comcast, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Proctor & Gamble, Virgin America, U-Haul, Geek Squad, Best Buy, Pepsi, Ford, Zappos, H&R Block, Rubbermaid, Molson, Tyson Foods, etc… all utilize Twitter in various ways. Shel Israel explains how these companies connect, promote, and run damage control in a 32 million member global community known as “Twitterville.”

To my surprise, after presenting the ways many businesses use Twitter to connect directly with customers (especially in handling customer service) Twitterville opened my eyes to “a large cult of generosity.” The book also considers our drastic societal change from the invention of the telephone to the phenomenon known as micro blogging.

I found reading Twitterville to be a refreshing experience because Shel Israel devotes the end of the book to how Twitter can be used to help people in need, as well as to promote world peace. The concluding messages in Twitterville place hope in an international community building ties through social media and technologically enhanced citizen communication.

Seldom do books inspire me to want to contribute to this world in whatever way I can. That being said, I never expected Shel Israel’s Twitterville to motivate me to search some of the sources he mentions. In particular, I was interested in blog widgets that allow bloggers to accept donations on behalf of a charity in a transparent manner. So if you’re a blogger and would like to collect for a worthy charity, check out the ChipIn site. You can customize blog widgets there (available for Facebook as well).

My recommendation = Twitterville is an insightful book—definitely worth reading
Shel Israel is also the author of How Businesses can Thrive in the New Global Neighborhoods [Portfolio, Sept. 2009]; co-author, of Naked Conversations–how blogs are changing the way businesses talk with customers [Wiley, 2006], and The Conversational Corporation, a Dow Jones eBook [May 2009]. He’s contributed editorially to BusinessWeek and FastCompanyTV.

The World According To Twitter (Book Review)

Posted in Blog, education, social media, Social Media Book Reviews (by A. Dustus), writing with tags , , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by dustus

by David PogueDavid Pogue’s The World According To Twitter is funny, witty, and represents some of the best posts found on Twitter. In fact, this compilation combines humor, creativity, and interesting stories about people’s lives.

Enjoyable tweet topics/prompts in The World According To Twitter include:

Identify an irony of life
You’ve lived your life this far. What have you learned?
You know you’re a Twitter addict when…

David Pogue’s book also presents stories about people getting tattoos, cute things kids say, getting dumped, worst job stories, and memories of one’s first kiss.

In addition to plenty of puns and “twitterspeak,” individuals share some of the greatest moments of their lives, as well as many examples of situational awkwardness that I found funny, tragic, and pathetically relatable. Pogue’s book even includes micro-blogs of weird numerical coincidences, wordplay, and my favorite: Summarize a famous book in 140 characters. For example, the following are two of my favorite book summaries:

He was beautiful, so beautiful. All I could think or write about was his beautiful beauty. Oh, and he was a vampire

You can make it through anything if you don’t lose your head.
(A Tale of Two Cities)

The World According To Twitter = Much more than a joke book. It’s an enjoyable collection of tweets and wisdom that made me laugh and think about life.
David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. He contributes a print column, an online column, an online video and a popular daily blog, “Pogue’s Posts.”

Twitter Wit (“Joke Book” Review by A. Dustus)

Posted in Blog, education, social media, Social Media Book Reviews (by A. Dustus), writing with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by dustus

twitter witI usually take a new book with me on road trips. Reading seems to make the downtime pass enjoyably, especially when I’m laughing all the way to New Jersey. However, I admit to having difficulty selecting quality quick reads for such adventures. After all, road trips warrant books that are interesting, funny, and small enough to still see the road while driving. Seriously, don’t read and drive!  Audiobooks are suitable for twelve hours on the road.

Every time I login to Twitter, I know I’m bound to read something hilarious within a few minutes of checking my tweet stream. Aside from the interactivity and dialogue, Twitter Wit represents what I like best about “tweeting.”  In my opinion and as the book’s subtitle asserts, the collective humor in Twitter Wit truly is “brilliance in 140 characters.” To quote Twitter Cofounder Biz Stone (from the book’s Foreword): “Sharp, quick, inventive, intelligent, with a natural aptitude for words, ideas, and humor: The very definition of wit brings to mind the people with whom I share my days.”  While Bizz could have been talking about me (just kidding), he refers to countless Twitter users who share their insights and witticisms with the world.

After three years of sorting through tweets, Nick Douglas has compiled some of the best lines, asides, puns, humorous complaints, and zingers. This book is really a joke book—and a pretty good one.  What I appreciate most is that the material, with the exception of a few professional comedians, is drawn directly from the Twitterverse. Obviously, there are some very creative people out there, many of whom I follow just to read their witty posts.

Twitter Wit = lol!


Nick Douglas is a tech writer and founding editor of, and has also written for Wired, Slate, and the Huffington Post.  Visit his website @ Nick’s Twitter page is

You can also find me on Twitter @

Twitter Power (Book Review by A. Dustus)

Posted in Blog, education, social media, Social Media Book Reviews (by A. Dustus), writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2009 by dustus

Twitter Power

I feel compelled to begin this review with a confession…. Forgive me, Facebook, for I tweet too much. My name is Adam, and I may have become addicted to Twitter. As far as I know, support groups don’t deal with Twitter Addiction yet, so I will continue to indulge for now. Luckily, I discovered a quick read at local bookstore. It’s called Twitter Power: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time (by Joel Comm). While normally I don’t select reading material that sounds geared toward business or has the word “dominate” in the title, this book is different.

To my surprise, Joel Comm presents a very encouraging understanding of Twitter as being far more than merely a means of broadcasting a sales-pitch. Comm claims the platform’s mass appeal stems from the positive side of sharing free content and embracing new technology in an increasingly connected world. Admittedly, I first assumed incorrectly that Twitter Power’s main point would be to reveal all the tricks and automated programs I suspect some Tweeps and corporations may use for building a massive number of followers. And the book does reveal that—in fact, Joel Comm explains it all clearly without getting too technical.

While this book reveals the truth that there is no scientific formula to gaining a quality following, Twitter Power does provide many clear, effective strategies for communication with like-minded “followers.” What I found most interesting about this book exists in the emphasis Comm places on what he considers “The Art of the Tweet” (Ch. 5). After all, it can be a challenge to come up with something interesting or funny all the time in 140 characters. However, his tips help. They were pragmatic and useful. Taking his advice, you may find yourself interacting with some very interesting Tweeps from around the world.

Despite some of the stereotypes perpetuated through traditional media about Twitter being pointless or mindless—at it’s best, Twitter acts as a personal broadcasting tool to create options and social potential. Often in a tone of altruistic idealism, Comm encourages quality relationship building and the formation of new communities. For beginners, he explains how Twitter is unique from other forms of social media like Faceboook, MySpace, Linkedin, Flickr, Squidoo, as well as other microblogging gems like Spoink, Yammer, Plurk. For the more advanced Twitter user, search strategies and 3rd party software options are revealed, along with link information and tips for maximizing the enjoyment of your Twitter experience.

My conclusion:
Twitter Power
= A Must Read for anyone who wants to know the scoop on what Twitter can do.

Here’s a book review of Twitter Power by Shane Gibson via You Tube…