The World According To Twitter (Book Review)

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.”

30 Responses to “The World According To Twitter (Book Review)”

  1. The snowflakes are incredibly distracting – couldn’t finish reading the post.
    Could you do something about that?

  2. Maybe it’s just me, but this article seams a bit bland, almost as if it was a paid advertisement. I think you can get more people interested in this book if you put so more emotion into it, sorry.

    • Don’t be sorry. I appreciate your visit and comment. I’ve been writing about social media topics to learn about the different platforms and options, not to advertise—just to share. I can definitely write with more emotion, and will. Thank you.

      • Ah, very good. I can say that you will become a much more popular blogger if you do.

      • Thanks for the feedback. It helps me to focus on what I consider most important. I would prefer to be known for the quality of my posts and dialogue than for hits. I’m still a novice, though hopefully improving 🙂

  3. […] たびたび拙ブログでも紹介しているアップル系ライターDavid Pogue氏の最近のつぶやきは、彼が昨年の9月に出版した The World According to Twitter をうまくまとめてくれてる書評についてのものでした。タイトルがジョン・アーヴィングの『ガープの世界』を連想させますが、どういう本かというと、「140字以内で言えるダジャレは?」、「このリスの写真にキャプションをつけるなら?」、「親が子どもにできる最良のアドバイスは?」といった問いかけをツイッターでつぶやき、出版当時20万人のフォロワーからのリプライから選りすぐったものをまとめたもののようです。私的には、あらま商売上手、と思う反面、面白い試みだとも思います。 […]

  4. Pogue’s book allows us a glimpse into the lives of the netizens of the vast Twitterverse with his own unique savoir-faire. His insight and quotes from various “Tweeple” can make you laugh to the point of tears and can also touch and melt the iciest heart. Without a doubt, David Pogue is a gifted writer, but he also possesses a keen sense of observation that translates fluently – just be prepared: once you begin reading you’ll get to the end and hope more pages appear. You’ll want more stories, quips and quotes – so Pogue…. make it so.

  5. Indeed, hopefully Mr. Pogue will collect more gems from the vast Twitterverse. Through his work I have gained a better appreciation for Twitter, as well as for the willingness of individuals to post their thoughts. Thanks for the comment.

  6. Bruce Frauman Says:

    I feel incredibly lucky. I was exploring Twitter for the first time, and saw that David Pouge was a “rising star” as it were. I went to his “site” and answered the question of the day, not knowing the whole story. It was about new features for appliances. Lo and behold, I was asked permission to be published and a month or two later, I received the book. I thoroughly enjoy it, and have managed to not read the whole thing, so I can spread out the discovery of wit and insight to be found there in.

  7. You’re very welcome! I may have just seen the final snowflake!

  8. Your last line about the willingness of individuals in posting their thoughts… it may just be the commencement of questioning who owns intellectual property rights in the vastness of the internet. If you post on Twitter or FaceBook are you leaving yourself wide open to others quoting you word for word but taking credit? I’ve seen it. It’s happened to me on several occasions. What do you do?

    • Thanks, M. There are not too many people quoting me, so I obviously don’t have that problem lol. The individuals that have shared my poetry with their groups have asked permission. My attitude is that once I post, then the material is out there for people to use freely. I’m fine with that. Besides, I’m not certain if intellectual property legislation will ever keep up with technological advances.

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    • Thank you very much for the kind response. Blogs can indeed be troublesome—no argument here. For me, it’s a labor of love. And that makes it worthwhile 🙂

  11. I’m looking forward to getting to “know” you and reading your postings.

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    • Shelton, for some reason WP marked your comment as spam. Sorry about that. I’ve begun adding videos to the blog. Totally agree with your suggestion. Visual learning should not be overlooked—not in education, nor by blogs. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Cheers, Adam

  15. well.. i am one of those rare specimens who dont use twitter, orkut or facebook 🙂 🙂

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