Vanity Press Plus: The Tweetbook

March 16, 2009

Tweetbook Cover

Well, someone had to do it, and I think I’m the first. I’ve archived my first two years of twittering to a hardback book. (For those of you who don’t get Twitter, and those who are just bored by it’s sudden, seeming ubiquity: move along. Nothing to see here.)

→ The full photoset is here.

I wanted to test Lulu‘s capacity for hardback books, to continue experimenting with the literary cornucopia machine, and to see if you could make a traditional diary/journal in retrospect. And you can, and it’s quite nice (apart from some weird kerning issues). No, most of it doesn’t mean anything, certainly not to anyone else, but it makes physical a very real time and effort.

(It’s a seriously good way of practicing your InDesign scripting skills too, all you book design nerds and Start-with-XMLers.)

Tweetbook Spread 1

When Twitter is inevitably replaced by something else, I don’t want to lose all those incidentals, the casual asides, the remarks and responses. That’s all really. This seems like a nice way to do it, and I’ll probably do it again in a couple of years time.

And yes, I’ll make one from your tweets, if you ask nicely and pay me a lot of money.

Tweetbook Spread 2

Update: Here’s the very hacky, very simple script I used to get all my tweets, as several people have requested. Use at your own risk. There’s almost certainly a better way.


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  3. Where did the cover illustration come from? Great project.

    Comment by Austin — April 8, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

  4. @Austin – it’s an old print of a New England whaler, from the Wikimedia Commons.

    Jonathan and Anonymous – play nicely please. But I’m not going to repeat this again: It is NOT for sale.

    Comment by James Bridle — April 9, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

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  8. I love the idea behind this, but never been a codeslinger and my days as an XML slinger are loooooooong past. Wondering how long it will be before someone sets up a site to semi-automate this process, at least enough to turn it into a PDF e-book (which could presumably then be printed through Lulu, Blurb, etc.). I’d pay quite a bit for something like this, though not nearly what I expect it would actually cost James to do it. :)

    Comment by Jesse Wilkins — April 21, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

  9. Great idea, James!

    And what about the results in marketing?


    Comment by Laís Bueno — April 27, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

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