Please welcome guest post form Nigel, a primary school teacher and now the proud published of a book. Power to the people and social media for the people. Read on to find out more.
Diary of the Tweople was the brainchild of Gar Deady and myself, Nigel Lane. Our idea was to show how powerful Twitter can be as a means of bringing people together. After much discussion on how best to do this, we came up the format for Diary of the Tweople. We decided to set a date for Diary Day and get as many Twitter users as possible to post a diary entry on our site on that day. We would then collate all the entries received and publish them as an ebook on as many ebook stores as we could manage, giving people the opportunity to have a glimpse into the lives of the many wonderful people on Twitter. We also planned to place a hyperlink along with each entry, allowing readers to immediately get in touch with the authors to find out more about their entry or to spark a new friendship of professional connection.
I should mention at this stage that neither myself nor Gar are experts when it comes to social networking, publishing or anything like that. I’m a teacher, Gar works in finance. We’re two ordinary guys! We just share a keen interest in technology and social media and decided to put our passion into action.
We settled on June 3rd as Diary Day and set up a blog . There was nothing significant about that date, and that was one of the main reasons for choosing it. We wanted to get a snapshot of the lives of Twitter users on an ordinary day. Check out the entry from Simon Lewis in the ebook where he sets out to prove that June 3rd was not so insignificant!
Our next step was to set up a Twitter account for the project . After that came the hard part. How do we build up followers so we can get the word out about the project? June 3rd suddenly seemed to be very close indeed, and two followers (Gar and me) would not be enough to spread the word! Thankfully, friends and acquaintances stepped up to the mark and soon our number of followers was into the hundreds. The excitement was building for us, and a lot of our followers seemed to be getting very excited about the project too. In fact, quite a few friends of ours joined Twitter in order to take part. We also set up a Facebook page to help publicise the project and get more people interested.
When June 3rd came around, we were like two kids on Christmas morning! Thankfully, plenty of people left presents in our stockings (or diary entries in our inbox at least)! We allowed people to make submissions for a few days as there were a number of people who didn’t get a chance to do so on the day itself but were very keen to be involved. By the time submissions were closed we had received over 300 entries, far more than we had dared anticipate. The support of friends, family, colleagues and complete strangers was overwhelming and we are truly grateful to everyone who took part. The only drawback was that it was going to take us a while to go through all the entries and decide which ones would make it into the ebook.
The process of choosing entries was not easy. We wanted to include a good mix of entries – some humorous, some moving, some insightful. We feel that we achieved this, and I hope you’ll agree when you read the ebook. We also had the incredibly talented Rob Gale produce some illustrations and a cover. These really add to the ebook in our opinion, and like us you’ll end up having a favourite! Mine is the one that accompanies the entry from PaulWebsterjpw .
The final product is out there, available to download now, and I’m very proud of myself and Gar for making it happen. If you want to read the ebook it can be found here:
Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, iBookstore and for other formats visit our ebook’s page at Smashwords
If you don’t own a Kindle then you can use Amazon’s new Cloud Reader to download and read the ebook. There are also Kindle apps available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and webOS devices, as well as desktop programs for Mac and PC.