How to Leave Twitter : My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop, Paperback

How to Leave Twitter : My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop Paperback

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Three years ago columnist and author Grace Dent joined new social network site Twitter, mainly as a place to dump her surplus jokes, rant about garbage TV and post exclusive j-pegs of her hot new toenail-varnish.

But as every 're-tweet' and 'Follow Friday' saw her audience figures soar by tens of thousands, Dent found herself centre-stage in an all-consuming highly addictive social network revolution.

One where the gags, gossip, scandal and backstabbing literally never stop.

Here Dent takes a hilarious, acerbic look at what's really going on in Twitterworld; who's actually tweeting, who's really reading your tweets and what's behind the 140 character lies they tell.

She looks at the highs and grotty lows of twitter addiction, the shameless social climbers, the friends you'll make and the ones you can't get bloody rid of, the barefaced bragging, the shameful celeb-stalking, and the truth about 'twanking', twitter cliques, angry 'twitchfork mobs' and dealing with trolls.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780571277742



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I'm not sure some of the other reviewers on Amazon have been reading the same book as me. Two and a half stars as an average customer rating? Shocking! Hopefully I'll tip the balance a little bit in Dent's favour because I LOVED IT!For me she absolutely nailed the Twitter experience on the head. At the very beginning, she writes about how you join Twitter: the vehement hatred and outright denial of the pre-Twitter individual, and how their curiosity eventually gets the better of them and they become hooked, just like everyone else. I DID THAT. She explores the kinds of people who inhabit the Twitter universe, the online personas, the different breeds of celebrity and how they interact with the masses, how people use it in everyday life, the conversations, the viral videos and links, and Twitter cliques. There is a glance at the social politics of following and unfollowing, and the etiquette of messaging other people without looking like an eejit. The good, the bad and the downright ugly, it's all here - and as far as my own Twitter wanderings go, it's absolutely spot-on.Perhaps I enjoyed this book so much because I (unlike some of the other reviewers, it seems) adore Dent's snarky, pithy, perceptive and relentlessly barbed brand of humour. Sooooo, here's the deal: if you love writers/comedians/funny people like Caitlin Moran, Charlie Brooker, Chris Addison and Marcus Brigstocke, and are an actual bona-fide Twitter user, this might the book for you. If you despise social media or prefer your humour a little softer and more cuddly, you might want to give this one a miss. Hey, you can't win 'em all!

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No. Just no. The title was intriguing. The book itself is 90% total rubbish. And no, I would NOT recommend it to people thinking about joining Twitter. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.<br/><br/>It basically involves Grace Dent slagging off most other Twitter users with a cringe-inducing level of arrogance and explaining how and why Twitter is a horrible place and that the majority of people on it are annoying/boring and nearly everything tweeted there sucks. And then admitting she's addicted anyway.<br/><br/>If this is comedy, her style is not at all amusing to me. I barely managed to plough through this, and was muttering to myself half the time about how crap the content was. Much like her apparent attitude to Twitter, which is also rather hypocritical since she complains constantly about people who use it yet still uses it herself.<br/><br/>Oh, and the "best" bit? In 199 numbered pages, only 13 are actually about "how to leave Twitter" - and, spoiler, the author ends up not leaving anyway. Despite how much she's apparently disgusted by the site and everyone on it.<br/><br/>I know it's meant to be satire, but it falls completely flat. It's rubbish. The only reason I'm going to give it even 1 star is for that last chapter, an occasional decent one-liner and a couple of the feminist points she made. As for "laugh out loud"... no. I didn't even get a chuckle from this book. Perhaps the odd ironic twist of the lip. But that's the most. <br/><br/>I felt I'd wasted my time reading this. (Valuable Tweeting time! ;) Or, you know, time in which I could have read a better book.) Don't bother - watching paint dry might be more entertaining, since you probably won't want to throw things doing that.

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