Just tabbed across in our browser to type up a quick report on the One Book One Twitter (#1b1t) chatroom session held today with author and extremely good-looking SF colossus Neil Gaiman.
The brainchild of Wired writer and Crowdsourcing author Jeff Howe, #1b1t is a global bookclub whose members meet discuss, critique and share thoughts entirely via the medium of Twitter. A simple yet, it turns out, extraordinarily powerful forum.
The first book to be chosen for the #1b1t group is American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and today the man himself held an hour-long Q+A session with fans, readers and even the occasional befuddled gatecrasher. Simply by following the hashtag #1bitNG, anyone could join in as hundreds of questions and answers flew back and forth. A fun and enlightening time was had by all, and we hope he returns for a rematch soon.
Of course, your faithful Godchecker Team was there taking notes for our forthcoming white paper (Comparative Geosymmetrical Literary Mythology in the Modern World). Of particular interest was Neil’s comment that Twitter is not a God, it is the Messenger of the Gods. As another participant, @jackalibis, pointed out, where does that leave Google?
We offered to add Neil to our upcoming Modern Mythology section as a new Literary God. He is certainly worshipped by a great many readers. “I would rather be defied than deified”, he said. But we feel he will sit very nicely next to Cthulu, Gandalf and the Great Green Arkleseizure.
We look foward to the next Q+A. For more info about the Twitter Global Book Club, check out @Crowdsourcing.