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Twitter Media Manager’s Debut Novel Was Inspired by a Tweet

Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

In a Q&A with the New York Times, former Twitter media manager Robin Sloan confirms the online short story (turned novel) he wrote at the time was sparked in the 140-character universe. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel tells the fictional story of an unemployed Web designer who takes a job at the titular establishment:

“I was walking down California Street in San Francisco, scrolling through Twitter on my phone, when I saw that a friend of mine had just tweeted: “Just misread a sign for a 24-hour book drop for 24-hour bookshop. My disappointment is beyond words.” It just made me smile. I wrote it down, thought about it for a few months, and it eventually became the story of the 24-hour bookstore.”

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Twitter and the Future of Television

Fast Company’s Ellen McGirt penned a feature about Twitter with reporting help from your favorite FBLA editor. It should be required reading for everyone in Hollywood.

Remember the VMAs this year? The majority of Twitter’s media team, Robin Sloan and Chloe Sladden spent it in a small trailer next to the Nokia theater changing the way we watch television.

For everyone who has derided Twitter as merely a place to tell people what you’re eating, this is a wake-up call. In the age of the DVR, Hulu, and Netflix, Twitter could be TV’s killer app. And connecting global audiences who are rediscovering the joy of being part of a live studio audience, albeit digitally, may be Twitter’s meal ticket. “Twitter is now a form of content,” says Sladden. And the world that is rapidly learning to speak in @ signs and hashtags is joining the show.

Read the whole piece here.