One of the values of Twitter

People often tell me that they “don’t get Twitter.” I’ve gotten to the point where I tell them that they just have to make a concerted effort to wander around and get the feel for it. But the New York Times reminds me of one of the cooler things about Twitter: the ability to talk with some of my favorite authors.

Salman Rushdie told me he enjoys Twitter because “it allows one to be playful, to get a sense of what is on a lot of people’s minds at any given moment.”

I have talked with Chris Bohjalian, Carolyn Parkhurst and Gregg Hurwitz. I had tweeted that I had enjoyed each of their books, and they responded.

I don’t follow them, and our exchange wasn’t significant except that I felt connected with someone who had written something that touched me.

Journalists need to come to grips with the idea that that kind of connection with readers is valuable and shouldn’t be dismissed.

2 thoughts on “One of the values of Twitter

  1. Sci-fi author William Gibson (credited with coining the term “cyberspace” in his novel “Neuromancer”) tweets as @GreatDismal and frequently interacts casually with readers.

  2. Agree completely with you here. After I finished Aaron Shapiro’s “Users Not Customers,” I DMed him and he and I exchanged a few tweets. Same with Robert Levine and his “Free Ride, how digital parasites are destroying the culture business, and how the culture business can fight back .” I talked with him on Twitter while I was reading the book about material in chapters I was reading at the time. You get all kinds of insights from the authors about what they discovered and yet isn’t in the book. Good behind-the-scenes stuff. I was actually disappointed to find Michael Lewis not on Twitter after reading Boomerang.

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