Book Review: The World According To Twitter by David Pogue
I have to confess that when I spotted the familiar blue font and the word Twitter on the cover of David Pogue’s The World According To Twitter, I immediately picked up the book and brought it home with me. I did not take even a moment to page through the book or otherwise consider whether it was any good. And I suspect the publisher is in fact hoping that the familiar logo will result in some quick sales. Because honestly, I can’t imagine anyone who took the time to look through the book would make the mistake of actually buying it.
Pogue, a technology columnist for The New York Times has compiled what his sub-title refers to as “2,524 Crowd-Sourced Tweets about Life, the Universe, and Other Pertinent Stuff. First-Kiss Stories, Spam from the Future, and Proposals for the 11th Commandment”. Alternatively it could be described as mostly lame tweets posted in response to the author’s less than inspired queries. Pogue goes on and on about how intelligent and clever his followers are, but honestly I don’t see it myself. While there were a few genuinely funny and clever replies (“When the moon hist your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s both astronomically and opthalmalogically catastrophic.”– in response to “Finish a familiar saying in a new way.”) most were not especially clever or terribly funny. The World According To Twitter– NOT Recommended.