Behaviors

Some of the more eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed a slight change to our book pages in the past few weeks. We’ve adapted our cutting-edge Natural Language Processing technology that filters out tweets about books from amidst the noise of Twitter so that it detects what the tweeter is saying about the book as well!

At a glance, you can now see which tweets on a book page are from people who want to read, want to buy, have read or are recommending the book. It’s a great way of understanding what sort of a buzz the book is generating (and makes our pages much more colorful into the bargain!)

We want to make it super-easy for you to jump aboard the discussion on Twitter so we’ve added ‘Me Too’ buttons as well. If you agree with the tweeter you can click the Me Too button to tell your friends on Twitter instantly.

Want to put it to the test? Just search for a book on the site and look at all the tweets about it. Or you can see it in action on the book page for John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” – one of our favorite classics.

Trending Books: April 14th-20th

It was a dark and stormy night. The twittersphere shook with the rumble of hashtags & flame wars passing across it’s surface, trending topics cresting & crashing, each celebrity faux pas more perilously distracting than the last. How would our stalwart book lover find his or her way through the chaos?

Then, when all seemed lost, a single ray burst through a gap in the computing clouds. Through the gap emerged Bookvibe Trends, a light on a rock, shining out with the aggregated wisdom of tweeters far and wide. This week’s all categories list featured books like One Hundred Years of Solitude, by the beloved and recently deceased Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the Pulitzer prize winning The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Meanwhile in the Romance section, Unfixable (Entangled Embrace) by Brooklyn author of the Line of Duty series Tessa Bailey led the pack. Over in Science Fiction top honors went to The Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson, winner of the 2006 Golden Kite Award for fiction. Rest easy dear reader, because with a lighthouse like Bookvibe, the best time to read is on a dark and stormy night.

 

Trending Books: April 7th-13th

Mother Book & Vibe presents: A Fairly TwitterTale

Once upon a time there was a magical place called Twitterland, and some people who used it had an egg for their profile picture, and others had cool pictures, but only tweeted once in a blue (or blood)moon. Still others were super engaged, but they mostly just talked about why “Apple Paltrow’s mom” split with “that cute guy from Radiohead.”  

But then one day a platform called Bookvibe came along. One for people who liked books— and it began to pay attention to all the amazing conversations happening about books, just under the surface of twitter. And using their amazing wizardry skills (that they’d learned from trending books like “Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose”) they began to keep track of all the books that people cared so much about that they took to twitter to share their joy. Especially the top ten trending books that week— books like Bob Saget’s Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, and Paul Stanley’s Face the Music: A Life Exposed. Books that had change their lives as teenagers, like Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years*, and books that would spice up their lives now, like Tarryn Fisher’s Mud Vein.

And oh, how the people of Twitterland rejoiced. Obviously not all of them, some were still pretty pissed off about whatever had happened on TV last night, or rendered in a constant state of numb panic by the 24-hour news cycle. But the literate ones, the tweeters who were readers, those who knew a thing or two about Creativity, Inc., and Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration — they all lived happily ever after. Except for “that red-headed lady from Iron Man 3 and ‘Goop’,” and that guy who “turned out to not be from Radiohead, but it’s not my fault because Radiohead toooootally ripped Coldplay off, duh!” (and all things considered, they were doing just fine for themselves too).

The end (until next week).

Till then, you can check out this week’s update and add your own thoughts here!

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*On a more somber note, Sue Townsend, the author of Adrian Mole passed away this week. I personally read her work in middle school and remember it fondly. The thoughts and condolences of everyone on the Bookvibe team go out to Sue’s family and friends.

Trending Books: March 31st-April 6th

Like you, I too used to believe that twitter‘s only purpose was to tell people about which celebrity I was mad at and what I ate for breakfast (eggs), but no! Hiding just beneath the surface lies a roiling torrent of book lovers having a vibrant discussion. That’s why here at Bookvibe we create trending lists every week. Deep in the Bookvibe mines our robo-researchers dig for book discussions across Twitter and bring them before you to barter as cultural currency (I’ll trade you two Maddaddam references for one misquote from Flash Boys). Books that continue to trend will rise through the ranks, helping red hot new books break through the surface (and light the way, like The Luminaries) and enter popular culture, at which point the hollywood cognoscenti will turn them into movies, and cast a celebrity who we can all can get mad at on twitter — the literary circle of life. You can check out this week’s update here, or as a reading list here.

See you next week! 

BookVibe’s wonderful members will be very familiar with their ‘Bookstream’ – the list of books that the people you follow on Twitter are recommending. Most people on your Bookstream may only tweet about a few books a year, but there are definitely ‘power-tweeters’ who mention several books every week. You’ll have to read quickly to keep pace with them!

Because our technology allows us to spot every time an account tweets about a book we have a pretty good idea of who the most prolific book tweeters are. Today, we want to share some of these with you.

By the way, if you ever want to see the books that a user has tweeted about (instead of the ones the people they follow are recommending) try clicking on their @ handle on their Bookstream page (we’ve highlighted where this is in the image below).


Take a look at the links below and, if you like what you see, follow them on Twitter to get their book recommendations in your Bookstream in the future.

http://www.bookvibe.com/people/margaretatwood?scope=user

http://www.bookvibe.com/people/realjohngreen?scope=user

http://www.bookvibe.com/people/CoryBooker?scope=user 

http://www.bookvibe.com/people/timoreilly?scope=user