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The World According to Twitter
by David Pogue

New York Times technology columnist David Pogue has tapped into the brilliance of his half-million followers on Twitter by posting a different, thought-provoking question every night.

Here is an excerpt of one his questions and a sample of the many "tweets" in response:


Compose the subject line of an email message you really, really don’t want to read.


To my former sexual partners, as required by law -- @markowitz

Re: What seems to have been your car -- @pumpkinshirt

From: eHarmony. Subject: Your profile has been rejected. -- @jadawa

I hate to do this via email . . .  -- @SusanEJacobsen

Fwd:Fwd:Fwd:Fw:Catz! lol -- @danblondell

What happened in Vegas did NOT stay in Vegas -- @jschechner

Your Dad is Now Following You on Twitter. -- @CathleenRitt

From: Your Doctor. Subj: Good news, bad news . . .  -- @Baszma

Urgent notice to everyone who was at the hot tub party last Saturday! -- @lavasusan

From: AT&T. Subject: Your international roaming charges -- @kvijayraghavan

Hi! Remember me? I’m in town!! -- @Stefaniya

Error in lab results -- @ricksva

From: NIH. Subj: Important new information on link between computer usage and rapid-onset dementia -- @maineone

Honey, you saved those tax papers from 1978, right? -- @pumpkinshirt

From: Yale Office of Admissions. File Size: 2K -- @perryan

We need to talk. Call me. -- @_not_THAT_guy

From: Your Petsitter. Subject: Before you open the door when you get home . . .  -- @brianwolven

From: Your Publisher. Subject: Ha, good one! Could you send the real chapter now, please? -- @Lookshelves

Your GM common stock -- @scottmarkarian

Did you mean to hit Reply to All? -- @Maggie_Dwyer

From: Your eldest kid. Subject: How do you get chocolate sauce out of the sofa? -- @aymroos

Out of 25,000 tweets, Pogue has gathered the very best 2,524 into this irresistible, clever, laugh-out-loud funny book. It's a very interesting social networking experiment.


The Author

The World According to twitter

David Pogue, author of The World According to Twitter, is the weekly tech columnsit for the New York Times, an Emmy-winning correspondent forCBS News Sunday Morning, and contributor of funny, weekly tech videos for CNBC. He's the author or co-author of 50 books, including 6 in the For Dummies line and 25 in the Missing Manual series, which he created. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

Join Pogue's world at his website:; at Twitter: @pogue; or at his blog:

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