Posts tagged ‘books’


anita2This was a tough one and took a fair amount of time tracking down. Especially since I don’t speak Portuguese. The Anita trend began in Brazil Portugal with the following tweet from user @brunoamaral: “lembram-se dos livros da anita? que tal “Anita e o Twitter” ou “Anita aprende a usar o delicious” ? :D” Which (very roughly) translated means: “Remember the books of Anita? How about “Anita and Twitter” or “Anita learns to use the delicious?”

Seems the Anita books were popular in Brazil Portugal to help kids learn to read. And Bruno asked what it they were done today? WIth more modern titles. And the Brazilians Portuguese took it up with great gusto:

  • Anita and PayPal
  • Anita and the Economic Crisis
  • Anita does Dallas (ahem)
  • Anita is BiPolar

You get the idea. Eventually they created a hashtag and it created one of the most rapid trending terms I’ve seen.

I’d really love it if any of our Brazilian Portuguese readers would give us a bit more background on the Anita books in the comments.

Follow #ANITA on Twitter.

UPDATE: Oh man, did I mess this one up. One thousand apologies and one thousand thank-yous to the people who have written in to say that this started in Portugal and not Brazil. (I am the stupid American.)

UPDATE 2: Corrections being made over at socialmedian as well.

UPDATE 3: That book cover? It’s a fake. Reads: “Anita gets drunk”. I think I’m done with international posts for while. 😉

FINAL UPDATE: The original poster does a great #anita summary.


November 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm 34 comments

Paper Towns

Oh the NerdFighter influence is strong on the Twitter. Award winning author and YouTube Rockstar (Nerdstar?) John Green has his much anticipated third novel, Paper Towns, released today.

I’m probably biased as his An Abundance of Katherines is one of my favorite Young Adult novels, but I for one will be headed to my local bookshop to pick this one up.

Paper Towns will likely see a fair amount of trending today (even rising above the post debate din) as Brotherhood 2.0 fans and Nerdfighters everywhere celebrate.

Follow the Paper Towns release on Twitter.

PS In your pants.

October 16, 2008 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

Paddington Bear

Today marks the 50th birthday of one of the worlds’ most beloved bears, Paddington. Fifty years ago today, on October 13th 1958 “A Bear Called Paddington” was first published. More from wikipedia:

“The polite immigrant bear from Darkest Peru, with his old bush hat, battered suitcase and marmalade sandwiches has become a classic English children’s literature icon. Paddington books have been translated into thirty languages across seventy titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Over 265 licensees, making thousands of different products across the UK, Europe, USA, Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and South Africa all benefit from the universal recognition of Paddington Bear.”


See more birthday greetings for Paddington Bear on Twitter.

Image source: Dave Pearson on Flickr.

October 13, 2008 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment



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