Book of the Week: Twitter – tips, tricks and tweets

1by Paul McFedries. 2nd edition, published by Wiley, 2010.

Shelfmark: RE/WR/006

Happy Social Media Day!

30 June is celebrated worldwide as Social Media Day (#SMDay)! Mashable launched Social Media Day in 2010 as a way to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication.¹ So I thought for this week’s book we’d go with a guide to using Twitter.

A book for Twitter?!

You’d be forgiven for wondering why we have a book on Twitter from 2010, or indeed a book on Twitter at all – everything you need to know is online isn’t it? Well, yes, there’s a huge amount of information on using Twitter (and any other social media network you care to think of) online, but sometimes wading through all that information can be very daunting if it’s all new to you. Also, you might just prefer to use something with an index. Or perhaps you don’t want to be jumping between tabs/windows as you flit between the instructions and Twitter itself. This is where the good old paperback book comes into it’s own!

But isn’t it out of date? No! Many things have changed on Twitter since this book was written 6 years ago, but a surprising number of things have remained fundamentally the same.The user interface (i.e. what the screen looks like) may have changed a bit, but the process for setting up an account, what following means and how to create a list are all still the same. You need to keep in mind that there may be things in this book that now work differently, but they will be fairly easy to spot. Also, there are a lot more tools available to use with Twitter, so supplement chapters 8 & 9 with some online research if you’re interested in tools for managing or enhancing Twitter.

Who should read this book?

This book is really aimed at someone new to Twitter – if you’re already a frequent user I’d recommend looking online for more detailed / in-depth advice, or popping into the Leventis Library for a chat. Providing advice on using social media is one of those mysterious things that comes under the “Information Services” part of my role.


  1. How Do I Get Started with Twitter?
  2. What Can I Do to Customize My Twitter Profile?
  3. How Do I Send Tweets?
  4. How Do I Follow Other Twitter Users?
  5. Can I Use Twitter on My Mobile Phone?
  6. How Do I Find Stuff in Twitter?
  7. Where Can I Display My Twitter Feed?
  8. How Can I Take Twitter to the Next Level?
  9. What Tools Can I Use to Extend Twitter?


1. Social Media Day 2016. Mashable Available at: (Accessed: 30th June 2016)

P.S. If you’re inspired to get started on Twitter and are looking for people to follow, I curate a list of tweeters working in the David Attenborough Building. You can find it at

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