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Twitter’ing about “Lesser” Baseball Books

May 23, 2010 by  
Filed under New Media

OK.  This is an interactive post.  You need to jump right in to have fun.  It’s all about the website Twitter and the hashtag #lesserbooks.  Don’t know Twitter from Tweety Bird or Hashtags from Cheese Fries?  Just stay with me and you’ll hit the ground running.

Twitter is a website where you can opine, or “Tweet”, on any subject up to a maximum of 140 characters.  Embedding a term with a hashtag “#” within your Tweet (e.g. #baseball) allows users to post information on Twitter about a common theme and search the Tweets of other users for that theme.

Earlier this week, I was on Twitter and happened to notice an avalanche of Tweets coming through with the hashtag #lesserbooks.  At some points, there were 20+  #lesserbooks Tweets coming in every few seconds.  In fact, as evidenced from this article from the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Twitter’ing about #lesserbooks has become a global phenomena.

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After extensive journalistic investigation, taking literally minutes, I figured out that the theme #lesserbooks is all about taking an existing classic book and modifying its title so that the books sounds, shall we say, a little less classic.   

Here are some examples:

  • To Slightly Maim a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee
  • Homicide on the Amtrak Northeast Line by Agatha Christie
  • Fairly Decent Expectations by Charles Dickens

Since we are all about baseball books on this website, I wanted to see how creative you can be in applying the #lesserbooks concept to baseball books.  I will provide a few examples and let y’all keep it going.  (P.S. With apologies to graphic artists everywhere)

  • Ball Three, Strike One by Jim Bouton
  • Eight Chicago White Sox Players Accused of Cheating Sitting Out by Eliot Asinof
  • A Pretty Good American Book by Phillip Roth
  • Giuseppe the Unshodden by W.P.Kinsella

I know you are a creative bunch.  Hit the comment button and show me what you got.

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