OR books is set to release its book entitled "Tweets from Tahrir" by April 21, 2011. It is a 160-page compilation of tweets (and the photos linked to the tweets) to walk its readers through each day of the revolution in Egypt calling for the resignation of President Mubarak. The New York Times pointed out that legal questions may arise as to who owns the rights to the tweets as OR Books is currently contacting authors for their permission. The use of this new format aims to capture the raw emotions that abound during those crucial times.
In my head, I never thought twitter would reach the popularity it has reached today. The concept is very simple--create an account where you can say all you wish to say as long as its within 140-characters or less. Of course you can update your status every minute if you want. But I wondered, why would anyone want to keep posting about his/her every move? And why would anyone bother to know these things? When the celebrities and bigshots joined the bandwagon, I understood. Expectedly, fans from all over the world followed. Twitter has then become so common that the word "tweet" has found a new definition apart from "the sound a bird makes." And with the launch of this new book, it has risen to the level of a language.
Its probably an interesting exercise to capture all I want to express using only 140-characters or less. It'd probably train me to be accurate and concise--drop all the fancy adjectives, gossip and side comments. But where's the fun in that? :p
Ma. Anna Katrina C. Eustaquio, Entry # 16