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.