the twitter diaries – imogen lloyd webber & georgie thompson
Seeing as Twitter has been around for almost 6 years now, I guess it is hardly surprising to find a book almost entirely composed of tweets between two people. In fact, it is probably more of a surprise that it has taken this long – although I am not altogether sure that it’s the first…it is just the first that I have come across!
The Twitter Diaries begins on New Year’s Eve when a society party in New York held by Peter Mignon enables is the setting for a meeting of 30-something Brits Stella Cavill (wannabe shoe designer to the stars) and Tuesday Fields (sports reporter).
Over the next 365 days, they talk about everything – love, life, their careers, family and pop culture.
This should be totally up my street – I am an avid tweeter after all (22,000 and counting!) and in the main, it was fun, light, frothy stuff.
However, there were a few little niggles I had. Eg: EVERYTHING was done by Direct Message…so in theory, not exactly tweeting. And considering it was all done by DM, there were a fair amount of Retweets (RT) going on, which you can’t do within a DM. It would just be a standard cut and paste.
Also, there was a lot of stuff about existing tweeting brands, which (as I am not a celeb-follower or a brand guru, I didn’t particularly get). There was also a lot made of a twitter feud between Peter Mignon (@PM_TV) and @LordTw1tter which I assume is Piers Morgan and Lord Sugar – especially as the authors were introduced to each other by Piers Morgan! (And yes, if you were wondering from one of the authors’ names, she IS his daughter!)
As I said – light, frothy and very ‘now’…especially as the year it’s set in I believe is 2012, and we’re not even halfway through it yet.
This isn’t a new idea by any means. I remember the small trilogy Chat, Connect and Crash by Nan Mccarthy that came out in 1998 about two people who had met in a chat room, and then of course there are countless email-based books – probably one of my early favourites was E by Matt Beaumont in 2000.
But this is an enjoyable enough summer read, that you could speed through in hardly any time at all – and then follow the main characters on Twitter!
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