Unboxing “The World According to Twitter”

Today I received my autographed copy of “The World according to Twitter” (TWA2T) by David Pogue and a couple thousand of his Twitter friends. In the tradition of tech geeks everywhere, behold: the unboxing of TWA2T!

Here we go:

1. The original package with a dog logo. I had NO IDEA what this was.


2. Anticipating it could be Pogue’s book, I quickly ripped into it:


3. YES! My own copy of The World according to Twitter:


4. Here it is, in it’s full glory:


5. I jumped to the first page, to find the book autographed to me – that’s my Twitter name there, @cgranier:


6. The index shows every contributor, cross-linked to the page(s) where their tweets ended up. In the end, three of my tweets made it into the book, on pages 98 and 181:


7. Here’s one of them:

What’s your brilliant idea to improve the modern automobile:

Car’s paint color should change (à la mood ring) to indicate temper of driver. –@cgranier


8. And the other two:

Rewrite a famous quotation in the style of the half-wits who leave comments on YouTube.

2 B R NOT 2B, DAT IZ DE ? –@cgranier

Dewd, like I don care where u go, but 4 me, I haz liberty or kill me. FTW! –@cgranier


I spent the better part of the evening reading through the book and couldn’t stop laughing. It’s simply hilarious (well, at least the other 2,521 tweets). The wit and creativity of its contributors had me in side-splitting laughter from the beginning. Get a copy or two. I’ll even sign it if you want 😉

UPDATE: Here’s a short video David Pogue made, documenting the book signing:

Pogue’s Twitter-Book Signing Day from david pogue on Vimeo.

David Pogue attempts to sign 1500 books in one day.

UPDATE: Here’s an excerpt from the book… 28 free pages:

The World According to Twitter

If you’re in the book, leave me a message with your username so I can look up your funny tweets. And please feel free to share this post with all your Twitter friends. I’ve made it really easy: just click the retweet badge located at the top and bottom of this post, or just click here.


26 thoughts on “Unboxing “The World According to Twitter””

  1. Yay! What a great post (and your Tweets are great too).

    I also made the book (I'm @tassoula) but since I'm toward the end of the alphabet, I understand I have to wait a few weeks for my signed copy.

    Thanks for sharing and getting me even more excited than I already was.

  2. Ya, me too (@mjfrombuffalo) – but at least now I know what the cover looks like!

  3. Ha! One of mine is on that page! “dewd like askin 4 stuff from ur country is like so ghey u shud be doin stuff 4 ur country”. 🙂

  4. Great! I also have to wait (@marisebarros) – but probably much longer: my copy has to make it to Brazil…

  5. Also got my copy yesterday (I live in Manhattan). The tweets are so funny, I'm going to buy another copy so I can keep my autographed copy pristine. Want to take the book along to read during my travels. Love your tweet 2 B R Not 2B…

  6. @tassoula Wow… just checked your entry in the index: you're on five different pages. Yikes! Loved the household tips, btw. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Dewd, that's so like wow. It's almost like U R in a book, or sumthin!

    He he… congratulations, page mate!

  8. @mjfrombuffalo Is that your own proposal story on the book? Good you didn't anesthesia that day


  9. Awesome post! I'm in the book as well, @mehughes124. I have 4 tweets included, I believe. haven't gotten my copy yet though, *is jealous*.

  10. @scottgina It's an amazing book… fun and enlightening. And you're right, we should all pay more attention to family stories as we grow up – after a while it's our turn to tell them.


  11. 4 tweets… that's awesome. And you're right, that last Indy Jones flick could've been avoided.


  12. Nice blog entry! Saw it via Pogue's tweet. I met David at a lecture on July 22 on Cape Cod and got a preview of a bit of the book…he is absolutely hilarious doing a presentation and I'd encourage anyone to see one if you can…he also is fan friendly and a really nice guy!

  13. Completely agree… very fan friendly, though we've only met via Twitter. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. 😉

  14. I also got a chance to meet his charming wife and one of his sons…he had the audience of about 400+ ppl roaring with laughter and got to see the new Olympus EP-1 before it became public…it was one of gadgets he talked about, along with the MiFi, and others.

    Here's a pix of us after the presentation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/17328353@N00/38257

  15. Nice! I made it in twice but as my name is in the latter half of the alphabet I'll be waiting a while for mine. Can't wait!

  16. Yup, that's how it went. 11 years later and I'm still married to him. He's not still wearing the bib though. 🙂

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