Twitterville Review

20 Mar

What could be better than a book all about Twitter? I picked up Shel Israel’s Twitterville as part of a social media book assignment and enjoyed reading it. I learned a lot about Twitter’s beginnings and the different ways in which it was adopted.

Twitter can be more of a listening tool than people think. One can Twitter search their name or company’s name and obtain accurate results of what’s being said out there about them or their company. It can be just about as accurate as Google Alerts.

Although it may seem like you are tweeting to the entire twitterverse, by using @replies and DMs (direct messages) one can make Twitter as intimate as a telephone conversation.

One thing that stood out from Twitterville was the Google “sucks” test. If you type your name or company’s name in Google and type “sucks” after it and a lot of results return, you just may “suck.”

Overall, Twitterville was a great book and anyone that has an interest in social media can benefit from reading this book. By learning about Twitter from a slightly different angle, students can benefit upon searching for a career in social media because they will be familiar with everything Twitter.

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6 Responses to “Twitterville Review”

  1. megangetter April 9, 2011 at 11:34 AM #

    I think the google “sucks” test is a great way to find out how people are talking about your company. Have you read “The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever” by Cliff Atkinson? It’s a great book about using Twitter during presentations. When we went to the Social Fresh Tampa Conference, they actually did this a lot. I think you’ll like “The Backchannel” since you liked “Twitterville”.

    • whitness07 April 12, 2011 at 1:16 PM #

      Megan,

      I’ve heard about The Backchannel but have yet to read it. Social Fresh Tampa wouldn’t have been as interactive as it was without Twitter!

  2. kaylacancelmo April 21, 2011 at 6:53 PM #

    I came across this post and got excited because I also read a book about twitter for my PR Strategies class. It was called The Backchannel. The Backchannel discusses how Twitter is becoming a way of changing presentations in the classroom. I agree that it can be a learning tool because like in my book they say how the presenter checks their Twitter account for feedback from the audience. I really liked your post!

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