#1b1t: Chapters 1-3

One of the finalists for the #1b1t badge contest

Well, it is Odin’s day eve (aka Tuesday), and I am about to sit down to read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.  I am participating (along with a few other NWP folk: @poh and @tbakernwp) in the one book, one twitter book club, which has been one of my favorite Web 2.0 experiences thus far.

What do I like about the #1b1t (that’s our hashtag: get it? one book, one twitter?) bookclub?  I love that I get to read a fascinating novel, discuss it with other really smart people, and those really smart people are all over the world.  For the past few days, we’ve been participating in a Global Roll Call to find that there are an astonishing number of countries represented in the feed.

I was pretty impressed with the map of the #1b1t participants: now, this is only mapping those who saw the link to the survey, followed it, and filled it out.  Noting all of that, I find this even more impressive.

Every day, folks submit questions and they are tweeted out by the @1b1t2010 account.  This encourages and supports the conversation: not that it’s really needed.  The conversation is running 24 hours a day as we question and analyze the text. People have been sharing links, helping one another with references they may not understand, and just sharing their favorite quotes.  It is better than any literature class I took as an English major, in my opinion.

As we read, I am have been compiling my favorite tweets from the #1b1t discussions.  Since I don’t want to give away any spoilers, and I haven’t quite figured out how to curate the tweets out of the context of having read the book, I will refrain from sharing my list at this point.

For the reading schedule and the guidelines for commenting (we have chapter hashtags to avoid spoilers), read more at the Crowdsourcing blog.  There’s still time to join us!


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