Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Twitter your reviews

We’ve added a feature to make it easy to Twitter (or Tweet) your reviews.

You’ll see the option—a tiny Twitter logo—on your reviews. When you click it, it takes you to Twitter and fills in the message box. You can, of course, edit it however you like.

You can spot most such tweets with this Twitter search.

This is our second Twitter-based feature. The other is an easy way to Twitter your books to LibraryThing, handy for making a note of a book when you’re in a bookstore or library. Like that, the Twitter your review feature is all about restraint and options. We’ve rejected the idea—popular among book and non-book sites—of automating that process, of making it easy to machine-gun all your friends and followers with trivial updates.

Are you on Twitter? Follow us. Most LibraryThing-related news comes from my account, LibraryThingTim. The LThing account is for incoming messages mostly. John, Chris and Luke are also on, discussing LibraryThing’s irrationally vague vacation policy.

Labels: book reviews, new feature, new features, reviews, twitter


  1. Heather19 says:

    I swear I twittered about you right before this blogpost came up. lol I'm not sure I'll use the review thing, but I like following you guys on twitter!

  2. Jill says:

    Love this idea. The more integration you can do on Twitter, the better! Keep 'em coming!

    =) Jill (@mrstreme)

  3. Julia says:

    Uncanny! I had just posted a query in Talk about this because having recently become a Twit I seem to notice all things Twitter now, and I wondered what it did. It's great — I've already Tweeted one of my reviews.

  4. Zoe says:

    So, is there any plan for similar facebook integration?

  5. Tim says:

    We hate Facebook. Didn't you get the memo?

  6. Zoe says:

    Yeah, I guess I did sort of realize that when two years passed and there's still no sign of a Facebook app….

  7. Anonymous says:

    Why do you hate Facebook?

  8. Lilithcat says:

    Please make it possible for those of us who do not use Twitter to remove that bright annoying icon from our reviews.

    You may hate Facebook (I have no opinion thereon), but some of us hate Twitter.

  9. lovepade says:

    Good thing – congrats.

    A bit of topic: I would really wish somebody could make an librarything app for the android phone. Basically I would like to add books via the phones camera/barcode reader…

    Cheerts and twitters

  10. Library Hag says:

    Don't know how I had missed this post but I love this new feature. I will use it a lot.

  11. Elizabeth Thomsen says:

    Missed this post earlier, but I think this is a handy feature.

    I really like the ability to use Twitter to send books to LibraryThing — I have written about this and tell people about it all the time, but I find people don't get it until they actually try it, and see the magic happen.

    I hope you'll do more with Twitter in the future. I really like the RecipePuppy's Recipebot:

    You send a message with ingredients like this:
    @recipebot eggs, cheese, spinach

    And get back a message with links to a few recipes with those ingredients, plus a link to the search results page on RecipePuppy.

    I would love to be able to send a title or ISBN to LibraryThing and get back links to suggested titles.

    Not that I think the gang at LibraryThing is likely to run out of ideas any time soon!

  12. Geniaus says:

    Missed this post while on holidays. This is a a fab feature. As I'm not a great reviewer I'd love to to be able to tweet from LT when I just add, tag and rate a book……and then I could tweet my LT posts to Facebook :-)) Are there plans for this?
    Alternatively I'll be forced to write very short reviews.
    Cheers, Bibliaugrapher on LT

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