The Twitter Book

Reviewed by Major Keary

The Twitter Book is both a primer for novices and a guide-cum-reference for the more experienced. It is written in simple, but not patronising, language; the style is relaxed and readers won't sink in a mire of techspeak. The physical format (landscape, more-or-less A5, and lay-flat binding) makes it convenient to use. The topic-to-an-opening page design (text on right page with screen shots, graphics, illustrations on the facing left page) make for easy reading; where a topic needs more space spread the information is broken into discrete parts, each of which has its own two-page spread.

The overall design is excellent for the purpose: well organised content, well focussed on the subject, concise, pleasing to the eye, easy to read, and fills a need.

Content is divided into chapters: Getting Started (how to get up an running with Twitter, including use with a mobile phone); Listen In (searching, tracking, bookmarks, mobile client, and Twitter-related programs); Hold Great Conversations (shows "how great conversationalists succeed and add value to their communities on Twitter", touches on etiquette, using hashtag, and spam); Share Information and Ideas; Reveal Yourself; and Twitter for Business (special considerations and ideas, and points readers to useful tools for business accounts).

A good index adds to the book's usefulness, and there are URLs galore for Twitter-related resources and further information. A practical guide to using Twitter and its patois.

Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein: The Twitter Book
ISBN 978-0-596-80281-3
Published by O'Reilly, 234 pp., RRP AU$ 42.95

The Australian distributor is Woodslane <>


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