When there is something you don’t know, a big sister can be a very good thing to have. ‘Big sisters’ don’t come much better than Nicola Morgan, and were it not for the fact that you can buy your own Kindle copy of Tweet Right: The sensible person’s guide to getting started on Twitter, I would tell you to forget about her, because I want Nicola to be my big sister.
In fact, when I took that very first wobbly Twitter step last year, I had emailed Nicola for advice. I just knew that she was the one to ask. (Don’t ask me how I knew that.) And she held my hand and all was fine.
But I’m an idiot and idiots don’t know all the questions they ought to ask, so this book is useful, seeing as it contains not just all the questions, but also all the answers. That’s why you need it. And if by some quirk of nature you have no interest in Twitter, or already know all there is to know, you still want to read Tweet Right, because it’s such a good read.
I’m of the opinion that Nicola could write a non-fiction book on almost any subject and it would be a fabulous read. (I say almost, because if it’s too gruesome and there is a risk I might faint, I will draw the line there.) She has this no-nonsense humourous style that means that even a guide to lawnmower repairs would seem attractive.
And since Nicola’s book is about Twitter, this ridiculous new must-do activity, lots of people will have a need for the most useful self-help guide around. (No, I haven’t checked any other books. Are there other books? They can’t be as good.)
OK, so big sister takes you by the hand and tells you things you were far too embarrassed to ask. She knew, so mentioned them first. After the initial start-up information, Nicola goes on to talk you through the stuff as you are actually doing it, sitting at your computer.
Some of us are likely to commit breaches of etiquette on Twitter, but after a talking-to by big sis we will limit the stupid things we’d otherwise have done.
I’m very grateful for all this knowledge. I will practise some more now, and soon there might be no stopping me. I have also learned things about people I have seen on Twitter, as Nicola uses real life examples. And I was equally shocked and delighted to find my own Twitter identity listed at the end of the book. In case you haven’t discovered my – admittedly fairly limited – Twitter existence, I am @culturewitch.