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How Twitter Helped Paul Smith Travel the World

Paul Smith

Just how much can you do with Twitter? Well, Paul Smith, more commonly known by @twitchhiker, traveled from England to New Zealand using only social media, and relying on his new “friends” to put him up for the night, feed him a meal and give him a ride to his next destination. In Mediabistro’s latest “Hey, How’d You Do That?” interview, Smith talks about his original inspiration and how he got a book deal from it:

So, you knew in advance that you wanted to take this trip but, at the same time, did you always have plans of monetizing and profiting from it? 

No, not at all. I honestly didn’t do that. At the time, I was a writer but I didn’t have any intentions of writing a book. A book deal didn’t appear until six months later after I finished. By taking the trip, I lost about $3,000 in lost work and in phone bills. So the point of it wasn’t longevity, and it wasn’t to have some sort of legacy to it. It was more to just explore that spontaneity of having an idea and technology enabling it to happen instantly.

Read the full interview in Hey, How’d You Travel the World via Twitter, Paul Smith?

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Twitter Comedian Jenny Johnson Nabs Book Deal

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that yet another Twitter star has crossed over into the traditional publishing realm, as comedian Jenny Johnson inked a book deal with It Books.

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Middle East’s Twitter Revolution In Book Form

As we’ve written before, Twitter’s impact on the Arab world is well-documented, notably in the key role it played in the Arab Spring uprisings.

And new research suggests that Twitter use in the Middle East is very much on the rise.

So it’s unsurprising that a new novel called Kapow! by British author Adam Thirlwell takes a look at social media’s role in the Arab Spring — in book form.

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Publish A Book Of Your Tweets With Sites Like TweetBookz And Twournal

Here’s a holiday gift idea sure to stand out among the socks and picture frames: services like TweetBookz and Twournal let you publish your tweets in hardbound book or journal form.

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Is Twitter Distracting School Kids From Their Books?

A new survey shows that students in the UK are reading less – and the culprit might just be Twitter.
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How Does Your Twitter Output Stack Up To Proust?

An oddball new app harnesses the Twitter API to track how many characters a user has tweeted since they started using the micro-blogging service. It might not be the most indispensable app in the marketplace but it’s not mindless. The app also offers context, comparing the character count to those of literary masterworks by the likes of Shakespeare, Orwell and Tolstoy.
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