UX Books an experiment in one way Twittering


The thinking behind starting up @uxbooks – Book recommendations and occasionally reviews for anyone interested in user experience design.

Recently there’s been some discussion about Twitterers using automated updates through services such as Twitterfeed.

I’m an active Twitterfeed user and personally see no problem in it. As you may have noticed I try to blog at least once a week but rarely manage more than that. I don’t consider this to be excessive by any stretch of the imagination so if an automated Tweet is posted once a week I can’t see it offending anyone.

I like the idea of being able to Twitter about things I’ve seen or read as well as things I’ve written. I found that most of the services I use regularly all have the ability to some how add elements to an RSS feed, be it by ‘favouriting’ a video on YouTube or Vimeo or ‘sharing’ a blog post through Google Reader. With such functions available to me I realised I could use Twitterfeed to instantly add content of interest to Twitter with the minimal amount of fuss.

Personally I have no problem with other people doing this either. If the amount of automated tweets gets too much its not a problem to simply ‘unfollow’ them anyway.

A week ago Paul Stanton (@stanton) created @Boaglinks; a purely automated Twitter account tied in to an RSS feed from Delicious. I liked the idea of using Twitter as a purely one way communication channel and started thinking about how successful it might be. In my opinion such a channel would have to have a purpose, a legitimate reason for people to start following.

I’ve based it around the subject of User Experience as this is something I’m obviously passionate about. I wanted it to be more specific than just general UX as there’s plenty of people on Twitter covering this to a very high standard already. I thought about focusing on UX events but in the end opted for books. I like the idea of a feed that relates to offline and hopefully leads followers to an experience that’s more involved than simply reading a blog post or watching something on YouTube. As well as giving people a shared offline experience focusing on UX books will to a certain extent limit the regularity with which I tweet as apposed to referring people to online material such as blog posts which changes on a far more frequent basis. Hopefully the experience people will get from @uxbooks will be a rich one and will prove to be a worth while experiment.

If you have any thoughts on this please feel free to leave a comment. If you’re interested by the concept of @uxbooks feel free to follow. If you’re not down with Twitter you can also subscribe to the UXBooks RSS feed.