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Preserve your tweets with TweetBookz

December 9, 2009 |  7:05 pm

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Photo: An example of a personalized TweetBook. Credit: Courtesy of TweetBookz.

Eric Garland created a Twitter account two years ago so that his family could constantly know the funny things that his 3-year-old twin daughters said and did. He would download his tweets, and print them for safekeeping.

One day he read a blog making fun of TweetBookz, books that twitterers can purchase containing up to 200 of their favorite tweets. The blog joked that TweetBookz consumers were narcissistic. Garland laughed and nodded in agreement.

Three seconds later, "it immediately became clear that this is our family album, our baby book," Garland said.

He now owns two TweetBookz filled with his daughters' hilarious musings and adventures. Years from now he can be reminded of this gem from Nov. 20: "Today I watched my daughter drool into her own belly button while sitting on the Metro."

And the time when "Kate got scared in a booth at Denny's and scrambled into my lap. When asked why, she said, very seriously, "The bench growled at me."

TweetBookz is not affiliated with Twitter. For authenticity purposes, the company does not allow users to edit past tweets or add new ones directly to the books.

Consumers can purchase books containing only their own tweets. The books are priced at $20 for a soft cover and $30 for a hard cover.

Garland plans to order a new book after every 200 tweets. Perhaps some time down the road he will even discover that documenting his children's tweets was useful.

After all, he has this promise encapsulated in a book: Kate: "Daddy, when I grow up, I will go to school all by myself. And when you grow little, I will carry you."

-- Melissa Rohlin

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