How to Leave Twitter by Grace Dent

Published July 23, 2011

How to Leave Twitter by Grace Dent

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I’d spotted this book creeping up the charts but ignored it, because I figured it was a rant about how Twitter is bad for the world. A recommendation changed my mind and so I gave it a go.

As it turns out, it is a rant against Twitter, but only from a self-confessed Twitter addict. Grace Dent loves and uses Twitter a lot, and has plenty of experience to guide new and old users through the weird world of the microblogging social network.

I felt the book had highs and lows. I particularly liked the chapter on reasons to hate Twitter, but I didn’t really like the one that went all-out on a feminist rant. I quite enjoyed the types of people you might find on Twitter, but didn’t really enjoy the 100 item list that kicked the book off.

Either way, it only took me a few hours to read, and was an interesting look at what has become something of an internet phenomenon.

The best quote of the entire book was:

I chatted to scores of people about Twitter as I was writing the book. Absolutely nobody agreed with anyone else’s view on anything. Everybody brought fresh angles and topics I’d never even thought of. I love this. Twitter is a totally different animal to everyone riding it.

Hear, hear. I will say, though, I’m not sure I’ll be able to look at Twitter the same way again!

Rating: Unrated

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