One Book, One… Twitter?

by Ruby on March 25, 2010


You’ve probably heard of One City, One Story, a project started by Seattle libraries in 1998 (Pasadena’s 2010 selection is Gardens of Water).  If you haven’t, brief synopsis: Everyone in a city reads the same book over the course of a year, and therefore has a common thing to talk about with everyone else in the city.  Book groups are hosted by local libraries, etc.  A lovely idea, and usually it works.

On his blog, Twitterer @crowdsourcing has suggested a new twist.  What if everyone on Twitter (essentially, people all over the world) read the same book?  It is an experiment on a massive scale, and one I am really excited to watch unfold.  Right now, people are suggesting and voting on appropriate titles; Fahrenheit 451 was an early leader, and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is getting a lot of attention recently.  I, for one, will be avidly following @crowdsourcing and #1b1t for the latest news.

Clearly, I’m in (and I’ll update here for those of you that don’t tweet).

UPDATE: @crowdsourcing has come up with an official timeline for #1b1t, take a look at it here.

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    Michael Kindness 03.25.10 at 4:28 pm

    There are two things I love in this post:
    **Pasadena picking Gardens of Water. I LOVE this book and am so glad it is getting this kind of attention.
    **The idea of One Book, One Twitter. Thanks for telling me about it!

    Ruby 03.26.10 at 9:25 am

    Yay! I love both of those things, too 🙂

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