Book Review: 140 Characters by Dom Sagolla

140Characters 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form by Dom Sagolla is an etiquette book for conversing in real time on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. Twitter co-creator Dom Sagolla talks about different aspects of conversations and how one can get most out of Twitter by learning the techniques of short form communication.

140 Characters is not just applicable to Twitter, it can be used to learn how to be effective social media communicator in general. First @Dom gives you an overview of Twitter followed by a brief history of Twitter and then explains different ways one can become a better communicator by following simple guidelines.

It is a challenge on Twitter to make the most out of 140 characters and @Dom teaches the fundamentals of writing in short form. He knows the purpose of Twitter, communicating in real-time using mostly mobile applications to reach significant number of people. Therefore he is able demonstrate with numerous examples what a tweet should look like, what should be the purpose, how it can add value and how to avoid common pitfalls.

Personal Opinion
There are number of books out there about Twitter, 140 Characters stands out and makes a mark because of the unique content and Dom’s attitude towards social media. Concept is excellent, topics are explained with many examples and quotes and we can all learn something from Dom about becoming an expert in short form writing.

Book Giveaway
I like to read books and then pass them along. Do you want my copy of 140 Characters? Here is what you need to do:

– Follow me on Twitter (@ZahidLilani)
– Re-Tweet this post!
– Comment below and tell me “Why do you use Twitter?”


The person who comes up with the best answer to “Why do you use Twitter?” and follows the two rules will receive my copy of 140 characters. I will announce the winner on 10/26/09.

(Open to U.S. residents only)


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  2. Jacob Gall October 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I use twitter to find out what the latest and greatest going-ons are. By following a large group people who have the same interests as I do I enable myself to quickly and easily find relevant content and news at any time.

    1. Zahid - Site Author October 26, 2009 at 11:32 am

      You have the best answer Jacob, you deserve the book 🙂 I have contacted you using Twitter, waiting for your reply. Congrats!

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  4. nghiabui October 24, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I use Twitter to improve my English skill: reading, writing and understanding.

  5. Harry To October 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    “Why do you use Twitter?”

    I use twitter to communicate with my classmates. If I need to ask a question about homework I just go on twitter, tweet my question, and wait for a reply.

  6. Trang Nguyen October 24, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I use twitter because I want to try every kind of social media communication. Besides, I also want to know what people care and what people think

  7. Mai Nguyen October 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I use Twitter for many different things such as communicate with my 201 teacher, following what my friends are doing, and let others know about any interesting stuff that I found or did.

  8. Brittany Tuazon October 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Twitter is a massive networking website. It is limitless- It provides numerous ways to meet new people and jump from one social community to the next. It enables you to visit different universes through cyberspace.

  9. guadalupeortega October 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I got a twitter because i needed to get one for class. As i started using it more often i started enjoyin it. so i started posting more tweets i try getting followers not very successful.

  10. Misgun Derso October 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I use twitter to expand my opinion and thoughts to worldwide to those who are interested, and gain thoughts and opinions of worldwide on my interest

  11. Rhonesha V October 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    wow! Twitter is so popular and I have one but I still don't know much about it. I had know Idea there were books made to help people understand Social media websites. I guess if you really want to know how to use these websites you go out and buy the books to help you.

  12. yuettse1 October 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I use twitter to communicate with my teacher and classmates. I want to know more about my classmate and teacher from twitter.

  13. Keil October 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I dont like using twitter. But for a company it would be a perfect resource for consumer feedback on products or to let their consumers know about new products or services and the products/sevices features.

  14. Isaiah October 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I use twitter for entertainment. Twitter has its own trending topics that people reply to, and they're are entertaining to me. i also use twitter when im bored, and i feel like letting people know whats on my mind or maybe even where im at.

  15. donnabriggs October 24, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I use twitter to be more knowledgeable of the many sources of social media communication. I enjoy the many aspects of ones conversation and also the chance to learn a variety of techniques for short form communication of using only 140 characters. It is a great learning experience for all to share.

  16. dianalitxayaleuth October 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I use twitter because it teaches me to get to the point with 140 characters. It's interesting and keeps me updated with everyone.

  17. Zahid October 26, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    You have the best answer Jacob, you deserve the book 🙂 I have contacted you using Twitter, waiting for your reply. Congrats!

  18. Zahid October 30, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Jacob Gall had the best answer. Thank You everyone for participating.

  19. Zahid - Site Author October 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Jacob Gall had the best answer. Thank You everyone for participating.

    Just got @thebook in the mail, @ZahidLilani. Thanks again. on Twitpic

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