Steve Martin: Master of the Twitter

February 26th, 2012, byJeremy Freed

Upon seeing this book for the first time, I was skeptical. Surely, the world does not need another book about Twitter. But since it’s Steve Martin, and he’s donating all of the proceeds to charity, I’m willing to give The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten: The Tweets of Steve Martin.

I’ve recently joined the Twitsphere myself and am slowly becoming accustomed to sharing the daily minutiae of my life with the Internet. Although, for the moment, I’m mostly interested in tweeting pictures of things I am about to eat.

Steve Martin, on the other hand, actor, comedian, writer, novelist–and now–prolific tweeter, is an old hand at this. In a recent appearance on the show, Martin discussed the book and Twitter and proved that he’s still a very funny and engaging man. He’s also a pro at the banjo.

Martin’s book contains some very witty things, but if you’re like me, you may wonder what exactly is the point of publishing a book filled with tweets. One of Martin’s Twitter followers did, anyway, as noted in a story on PCWorld.com:

While Martin received kudos for his endeavor from many of his Twitter followers, one gadfly, Benjamin Mora, of Toronto, declared: “I don’t get it. Why would I want this lame book when I could just look at your Twitter history?”

“Because I’ll edit out all the garbage,” replied Martin.

To which Mora, displaying some wit of his own, countered, “Well surely there will be no pages to this book!”

Perhaps Mora was a bit hard on the world’s favorite wild and crazy guy. There are some real gems in the book. Besides, if the words don’t do it for you, the pictures of him and Martin Short cavorting on the beach surely will.

 

 

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Last modified: February 29, 2012 at 9:42 am