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I find Twitter to be an amazing thing. What once struck me as a half hearted attempt to cash in on the whole Facebook craze has turned into nothing less than an instrumental communication tool for our podcast, this website and our readers/listeners. While I once struggled with figuring out just what I was supposed to do with Twitter, these days it seems the sky is the limit. That’s what makes this whole One Book, One Twitter idea such an interesting thing.
Jeff Howe, a contributing editor over at Wired Magazine, was inspired by the collective reading exercises in cities such as Seatle and Chicago to create a “book club” of sorts via Twitter. His premise was simple: “What if everyone read the same book?” The theory of these types of things is that by reading the same book, strangers from all walks of life will have something in common. Pretty noble and neat idea, I say.
Well, the voting has been going on for some time as to exactly which book will be read by the Twitter populous and the winner has been announced today. One of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, has been selected as the author with his book “American Gods” receiving the most votes.
So, let’s all join in! The book is pretty easy to find, especially if you like reading your books digitally. I know both Amazon the Apple iBook store have copies. I’m sure you can find them readily available at your local bookstores and libraries as well.
If you’re into it, read the book and follow the #1b1t hashtag on Twitter for what other folks are saying. Head on over to Crowdsourcing.com as well for all the information on 1b1t so far, as well as any new information as it happens. You can also follow Jeff on Twitter by hooking up with @crowdsourcing.