The Wisdom (or not) of Twitter

David Pogue, the personal technology writer for The New York Times, visited The Brian Lehrer Show to talk about his new book The World According to Twitter.

Listen to the whole intervew:

Here are a few questions from the book with answers from some of Pogue's 500,000 twitter followers:

You've lived your life this far. What have you learned?
Even when you're sure it's about you, it's not about you.
Righty tighty, lefty loosey.
The older I get, the smarter my father appears to be.

What's the best bumper sticker you've ever seen?
Dyslexics Untie!
Stop Plate Tectonics Now!
Curb Your God

Heard any good puns lately?
She was only a moonshiner's daughter, but I loved her still.
Eskimo out fishing; gets cold, builds fire, sinks, and dies. Moral: You can't have your kayak and heat it too.
If it's not one thing, it's your mother.

What's the bright side of growing old?
People stop asking you to help them move.
You have finally figured out EXACTLY how you like your sandwiches.
Hot nurse's aides.

And here are some comments from Brian Lehrer Show listeners:

Caitlin from Jersey City
One thing I love about Twitter over Facebook is that if someone follows you, you don't have to follow them back. It doesn't have the drama of "un-friending" someone.

allie912 from Richmond, VA
I'm proud to say I'm one of David's co-authors of The World According to Twitter! However, unlike David, I have only 100+ followers. Therefore when I ask a question the likelihood of getting a usable response is much less. I follow about the same number (100) and have focused my list to include people in my profession, columnists who interest me, some news sources and people from my local area. As a result I get a manageable number of tweets and very few time wasters in the bunch! BTW allie912 is my twitter account and I am a school librarian.

Claire Lea from Ohio
I love having Twitter and even follow complete strangers who have similar interests (geocaching, birding, cycling) plus a few celebs and of course friends. It is fun and can definitely be challenging. To express a thought in 140 characters can be difficult. I recommend Scott Simon of NPR for being the best at it from those I follow.

Frank S
TV did not 'replace' radio...however, the format of mainstream radio programming was changed by TV. Radio was no longer a long-format, gather-the-family-around entertainment medium. Radio became music, news and talk. Therefore the types of people and corporations associated with radio changed, and the very business model had to evolve.