BA Post Challenge: The Bookish Social Network

BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge

BA's 26 Posts Challenge for Book BloggersWelcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.

Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.

This Week’s Topic

The Bookish Social Network: What do you think the pros and cons are of using social networking sites, such as Goodreads and Twitter, for book lovers (feel free to share all your profiles in the social networking universe)? Continue reading

Twitter Stories and Books

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;

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?