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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (Aug. 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470768797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470768792
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enter the fun, productive, supportive, and powerful world of Twitter!

What do you have to tell the world in 140 characters? With this guide, you'll figure out what to say as you use Twitter to enrich your life and your business. It walks you through all the opportunities available with this social networking tool. You'll quickly gain a strong understanding of the Twitter landscape and begin tweeting like a pro.

  • Get down to the basics — figure out how to find your friends, invite them to Twitter, and start communicating with them in public and in private

  • Follow and be followed — determine how to search for thesorts of people you want to follow and how you can startcommunicating with them in a way that makes sense

  • Put Twitter into high gear — learn all the ways that you can interact with the Twitter interface, from desktop clients tomobile phone tricks to shorthand commands

  • Cultivate your presence — explore the different ways in which people, businesses, not-for-profits, and other organizations can use Twitter

  • Make it work — take advantage of the many resources that are useful in getting Twitter to work best for you

Open the book and find:

  • How to sign up, pick a name, and invite contacts

  • Tips for sending private messages

  • Steps for building a company relationship

  • Tricks of the Twitter gurus

  • Ways to share your tweets through social networking

  • All about staying on the cutting edge of Twitter

  • Techniques for finding your tweet voice

  • How to connect with people and make new friends

Learn to:

  • Sign up, navigate the interface, and make connections

  • Make your tweets unique

  • Use the latest shortcuts and tools

  • Promote your business or cause with Twitter

About the Author

Laura Fitton is founder of, a portal for Twitter services, and a top independent Twitter advisor.

Michael E. Gruen assists startup companies to get off the ground with the help of cutting-edge technologies.

Leslie Poston is founder of Uptown Uncorked, a firm offering training and consulting on social media marketing.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
My review of "Twitter for Dummies" Feb. 3 2012
By wendy Walker - Published on
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This book could benefit from a better index. For example, the main reasons I bought it were to learn how to send tweets and retweet. The former was not listed at all and the directions for the latter are difficult to execute on my computer. At 68, I'm not technically savy and consequently need clear, simple and specific instructions with diagrams which reflect those on my computer. Unfortunately, yours do not which means that I'm still unable to complete those tasks.
I'm beginning to learn how to send the same tweet to my followers, but have not yet found out how to do several other tasks and am hoping your book will help in those areas. Several people have made requests to follow me yet when I have pressed "accept" their names have not appeared on my list of followers. Finally, I'm working on my lists now and do not yet know whether your book has been helpful enough in that area.
I hope that this frank critique is useful.
W. Walker
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Outdated Twitter Book May 29 2013
By James H. Chancey - Published on
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While the information in the book was once applicable, it is outdated and does not apply to the updates andnscreen changes that twitter has made. it was difficult to try to match the book info to Twitter page info.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Horribly disappionting Sept. 5 2012
By Electric Eddie - Published on
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This book would be a lot more helpful, if half of the resources mentioned in the book existed on the Internet. Unfortunately I experienced an exercise in frustration when I tried to connect to resources mentioned in the book that didn't exist. As far as I'm concerned, the book should be read through a straw.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great for Beginners and Pros Aug. 28 2012
By George Rodriguez - Nonfiction Author of Simple Time Management Tips - Published on
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I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for the "for Dummies" series of books. I must have purchased and read over 15 different books on topics ranging from golf to SQL. They not only give you a great overview of a topic, but they offer enough information to make them useful resources long after you have read them. So when I decided to jump into the Twitterverse I knew I would start with Twitter For Dummies.

Twitter for Dummies follows the usual conventions used in the "for Dummies" series including icons that point out helpful information, highlights of useful facts and emphasis on any and all areas that need special note. What makes the series in general and this book in particular helpful is the breadth of material covered will both surely satisfy the Twitter beginner and give Twitter pros useful and effective ideas to heighten their Twitter experience.

Particularly helpful for me was the Part of Tens section near the back of the book that highlights ten twitter tools, ten useful Twitter-based services and ten cool ways to use Twitter. The glossary is also key in defining some Twitter lingo that the casual user may not understand. Also, throughout the book are interesting links and resources that will make the Twitter experience that much more fun and enjoyable for the beginner, be they private individuals or someone looking to introduce their company or business to Twitter.

Like all the "for Dummies" books I have read I highly recommend this book for those looking to make the plunge into the exciting world of Twitter.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Twitter for Dummies Feb. 19 2011
By Steven J Weber - Published on
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I read 3 books on Twitter in 3 weeks ... This wasn't the most detailed of the 3 I read but it was a good overview -- I liked the humor and straightforward writing style of the authors