It seems to be a new phenomenon (new yet old with how quickly everything takes shape these days) taking place, turning your web activities into a book, or using social online platforms as inspiration. Some may actually make sense such as Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books in 20 Tweets or Less, although why you’d prefer Tweet form is beyond me. Each to their own I suppose.
Other examples of books using or being influenced by Twitter and social networking are;
- Tweet This Book: The 1,001 Greatest Quotes of All Time In 140 Characters or Less by Van Young,
- Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick (a young adult romance novel using Twitter, blogging and other social online interactions).
- Twitter Wit: Brilliance in 140 Characters or Less by Nick Douglas
- How I Learned To Love You From So Far Away by Kevin Fanning
- The History of The World Through Twitter
There’s even a journal – Tweets To Self: An Offline Journal – for anyone who wants to write down their thoughts offline in 140 characters or less, and there’s also websites to enable you to read a book via Twitter, or to create a book out of your own Tweets (TweetBookz.com and Tweetbook.in).
I guess there’s nothing wrong with being influenced by technology in story telling or using it as a format if it means a wider audience or an audience weren’t reading are going to be reading now, but my concern is what does this mean for our attention span? What does it mean as consumers when stories and books are delivered to us using 140 characters or less?