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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!

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Nick Douglas is a tech writer and founding editor of Valleywag.com, and has also written for Wired, Slate, and the Huffington Post.  Visit his website @ TooMuchNick.com. Nick’s Twitter page is http://twitter.com/nick
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You can also find me on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/Dustus

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…

Enjoying Social Media!

Posted in Blog, people, Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2009 by dustus

In many ways I feel like the social media I’ve taken part in (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Threadless, WordPress,Worldsings) is really helping me not to be intimidated reaching out to people in person. Connecting with some very cool individuals online has been a really great experience that I look forward to continuing.  I’m meeting so many very creative, unique individuals–how awesome! It’s made me feel none of that isolated, glued-to-the-computer screen stereotype.  Without a doubt, I’ve come to appreciate others more and marvel at how willing many people are to share parts of their lives–I hope to keep sharing as well.  smiley

I hope to have dustus.com uploaded soon.  It’s been my lifelong dream to share my writing.  Pinch, I think my dreams are coming true.