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Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Howe’

Oxford English Dictionary Adds ‘Tweet’ & ‘Crowdsourcing’

The Oxford English Dictionary has added ‘tweet’ and ‘crowdsourcing’ to its famous lexicon.

OED chief editor John Simpson wrote an article about the newly added words. The verb “crowdsourcing” has been attributed to Jeff Howe and his famous Wired magazine article about the topic. Here’s more from Simpson:

Some notes on the new vocabulary in this batch come from a wide range of semantic regions, as usual. Scientific vocabulary (especially technology) forms a healthy chunk: big datacrowdsourcinge-readermouseoverredirect (the noun), and stream (the verb) … The noun and verb tweet (in the social-networking sense) has just been added to the OED. This breaks at least one OED rule, namely that a new word needs to be current for ten years before consideration for inclusion. But it seems to be catching on.

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Jeff Howe Relaunches One Book, One Twitter as 1book140

Jeff Howe has partnered with The Atlantic to relaunch the online book club, One Book, One Twitter

Howe explained in the announcement: “I’d always intended to relaunch One Book, One Twitter … It has a new name—1book140—but what hasn’t changed is the global, participatory nature of the affair: The crowd is still in charge.”

Twitter readers will choose the book to read in the online book club.  You can still vote on the following titles: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, The Keep by Jennifer Egan, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, and Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead. Reading will commence on June 1st.

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Twitter Book Club Seeks “A Zillion” Readers

author_photo.jpgRecently Crowdsourcing author Jeff Howe decided to create the largest book club possible on Twitter–a place where “a zillion” Twitter users could read the same book at once. Today, he asked GalleyCat Reviews readers to pass along their suggestions for the best book to read.

Here’s more about the kind of book Howe seeks: “The final selection needs to be of general interest. It needs to be translated into many, many languages, and ideally it should be freely available.”

While writing about his new idea, Howe name-checked some excellent book club resources: “There are some wonderful book clubs on Twitter, including #thebookclub and the Twitter Book Club (#tbc). The aim with One Book, One Twitter is–like the one city, one book program which inspired it–is to get a zillion people all reading and talking about a single book.”

Add your suggestions in the comments. We’ve set up an interview with Howe next week–email us your questions about this new project. If you are looking for some books to nominate, we suggest you check out eBookNewser’s Free eBook of the Day feature.