Thursday, November 20, 2008

Twitterville, revisited

Here's part of what I wrote a few hours ago regarding Shel Israel's planned book Twitterville:

He notes that "this book needs to get out fast," but can he get it out fast enough? One disadvantage of the book form is that it takes a long time to write and produce an entire book, while Julia Roy can knock off a Tweet Week in a day or less. We'll see what happens.

I then added this postscript:

(And no, Loren Feldman, I don't have ordering information for the book.)

Feldman himself has weighed in; here's part of what he said:

We need to give good advice to others if we are to grow as an industry. We need people who truly understand [social media] to explain it to others if we are to grow. I’m not saying it’s me, not at all. I just want someone who’s not a complete idiot to write about Social Media.

Oh, and there's a video too.

Incidentally, Feldman also addressed the timing issue, in a response to Sean Percival:

Me and you should just write it over a weekend and release as an Ebook.

However, Feldman isn't gunning for Israel 24/7. Feldman's post on Chinese Democracy is completely unrelated to Israel's post on Chinese censorship.

By the way, Penguin's Portfolio imprint has published other techie business books:

Purple Cow by Seth Godin (more than a full year on the Business Week bestseller list)

The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind (source for the Academy Award-nominated documentary on Enron)

The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

The Big Moo by the Group of 33, edited by Seth Godin

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