Not a tweet to be heard

Posted by Otis Chandler on March 3, 2009
There was a very interesting article in the Guardian last week titled The joy of anti-social media. In it, the author argues that while social media sites around reading are great, in the end it's something best done alone. I both agree and disagree.

I agree that it's best to read alone. It's the only way you can get your mind clear to think in peace! But I disagree that those thoughts you have while reading should be kept to yourself. I can learn so much more about an idea by reading about it online. I can use those thoughts to build even bigger thoughts of my own. I can find people who think differently and engage them. That's powerful stuff!

One quote in the article really resonated:

"And I still seek the majority of my literary recommendations and debates offline. Maybe it is because literary taste is such an unpredictable and idiosyncratic beast that the "you liked that so you'll like this" principle rarely works."

That is exactly why we built Goodreads - to do that online and much more efficiently! You won't find the Amazonian recommendation algorithms on Goodreads - it's all about sharing book recommendations with your friends!



The caption of this photo was "Not a tweet to heard". Love it!

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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Economy Why can't I become a fan of Otis? :)



message 2: by rivka, Goodreads employee (new)

rivka Flap harder.


message 3: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Very true, Otis. Read alone, share with friends. Oftentimes I also read reviews by strangers and it helps me get different and new views on ideas.
Sharing reading experience is like sharing thoughts on music. Why not do it online?


message 4: by Dee (new)

Dee Marie Goodreads is the most amazing site on the Internet. Not only does it allow readers and authors to interact, it also allows them to set up their own community within a community. What a “novel” idea!

It is so exciting to have the opportunity to ask an author questions about a storyline while reading his or her novel.

I also love it when my readers IM me on Goodreads, to ask questions about my novel.

As Otis so eloquently stated, reading is a solitary endeavor, but exploring the story with others extends the adventure!


message 5: by Zolliker (new)

Zolliker J.S. One thing goodreads is getting behind other similar sites is twitter. weRead is allowing its members to twitt their feed automatically. Will we on goodreads have the same in the nearby future?


message 6: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra I thought that was possible already. I turned it off myself but you can post to FB and twitter. I always feel like GR is on the edge of the latest trends and technology...


message 7: by Zolliker (new)

Zolliker J.S. @Alexandra you are totally right. My mistake :S


message 8: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra no worries, it took me a while to find it too :)


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