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Announcing TwitterLit!

The secret project I've been working on here in the lair is now ready for public scrutiny! I've created a new site,


What is TwitterLit? Twice a day, at about 12:00 AM and 12:00PM GMT, I'll post the first line of a book to TwitterLit -- without the author's name or book title, but with a link (to so you can see what book the line is from. Why? Because it's fun! It's just a little literary teaser twice a day. The first lines will, meanwhile, be available for subscription via RSS and -- and this is the exciting part and the reason for the site's name -- to Twitter.

There is also a highly customizable TwitterLit widget available for posting on your own site, should you want to. You can see my version of the widget in the sidebar at TwitterLit.

There are already three first lines posted at TwitterLit -- I started out with a particularly appropriate quote, I thought. Please do click over to the site to see what it's about.

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I am a Follower of you on Twitter. I tweeted this, and Follow it. I don't grok Twitterfeed, however.

If Twitterfeed simply enters a blog post URL as a tweet, automatically, with no title of post, it's a dumb idea.


Howdy, Vaspers. I'm not sure why you think that there's no title of post. In fact, the headlines for my blog -- with TinyURLed permalink -- are regularly twitterfed into my Debra_Hamel Twitter account. TwitterFeed will take the title from your feed and its associated link and automatically post to Twitter. Plus you now have the option of including the snippet of content (up to your character limit) that comes after that or not including it, or adding a prefix to the title (e.g., BLOG: Title). It's in fact extremely convenient.


Thanks for explaining that Debra. I love your TwitterLit idea, am a greate lover of books.

Buying Mallarme's new book Divigations today at B&N.

Big fan of Proust, Kafka, Joyce, Rilke, Robbes-Grillet, Maurice Blanchot, Twain, Poe, Hawthorne, etc.


I see a great collection of Loeb's in your picture above.

Give some good first lines from your fav Loeb's so I can expand my collection and give you credit!




So you not only lived in North Haven, you studied classics???


TwitterLit got mentioned in the Powell's Books Blog:

"Anyway, don't ask me why, but here's TwitterLit. God save us all."

I guess this falls in the "any press is good press" category.


Well, it sounded to me like he is more hostile to the idea of Twittering/constant communication than about TwitterLit per se. So I'll take it.


It sounds good. Keep it up nice work


hoo! its so terrifying blog information i am really scared for a moment, but i must say you are really genius.

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About the blogger: Debra is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece, including Reading Herodotus: A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.

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