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From Facebook To Twitter, How Today's Smartest Business Grow Themselves
Автор(и) : Adam Penenberg
Издател : Hyperion
Място на издаване : New York, USA
Година на издаване : 2008
ISBN : 140-1323499
Брой страници : 288
Език : английски
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"In this clear-eyed collection of case studies, Fast Company contributing writer and NYU journalism professor Penenberg examines the engine driving the growth of web 2.0 businesses like Flickr, YouTube and eBay to Facebook and Twitter: the viral loop. The concept behind a viral loop is simple-in order to use the product, you have to spread it, thus creating massive, user-driven growth cycles-after all, Penenberg explains, social networks like Facebook are worthless to a user if one's friends aren't also using the products. Viral loops are nothing new, of course, and Penenberg has certainly done his homework, tracing the concept back through its analog roots via entertaining and enlightening anecdotes about companies like Tupperware, which used ""parties"" to turn ordinary housewives into an army of sales reps, to Charles Ponzi-yes, he of the Ponzi scheme, a viral scam recently taken to historic levels by Bernie Madoff. Penenberg truly succeeds, however, in showing how the viral loop has found its groove on the Internet, fueling a wave of billion-dollar companies all built on word of mouth-and, of course, user clicks. Solidly researched and briskly-written, Penenberg at once captures a great business and tech story, as well as a defining moment in our online culture.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved."
One of the most astounding things about the Web age is how the best advertising is often no advertising at all. Penenberg masterfully explains how this works with case studies of products that were designed to spread. Every product can use a dose of this technique; this is the book to get to learn how. Recommended! -- Chris Anderson, bestselling author of The Long Tail and Free "In tight, engaging prose, Adam captures the essence of the ever-scaling power of the virus. It's not just for geeks any more." -- Seth Godin, author of Tribes "Penenberg has unlocked the secret to the most successful digital businesses. An indispensable read." -- Robert Safian, Editor-in-Chief, Fast Company "Adam Penenberg's lively book opens a window to all of our futures." -- Ken Auletta, author of Backstory "If you want to understand all things viral, this is the place to start. Penenberg's reporting gives us a ringside seat for some of the biggest viral success stories in history, from Tupperware to Ning." -- Dan Heath, co-author of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die "Penenberg discovers the perpetual motion machine for business and marketing... Buy this book. Catch a virus. Make a fortune." -- Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do? "Instead of entrusting your business to a guru with an agenda and a ghostwriter, you should be turning to a pro journalist like Adam Penenberg, who understands the way media and money interact, has the critical faculty to engage with these phenomena in an unbiased fashion, and the technical facility to explain them to you in an entirely engaging, informative, and actionable way." -- Douglas Rushkoff, author of Media Virus and Life Inc. 'An intriguing expose of a simple idea worth its weight in gold and then some.' -- Cairns Post 'Word of mouth is nothing new in terms of marketing a product... This is "the power of pass-it-on", according to Penenberg, who looks at how an old idea has been made new again by the likes of Facebook, MySpace and Hot or Not... Penenberg writes accessibly about this "paradigm-busting phenomenon" and makes it all sound so simple.' -- The Sunday Mail Brisbane, and The Sunday Telegraph 'Viral Loop tidily presents a history of viral case studies from analog to digital...This history of social networking benefits from in-depth first-person research.' -- Courier Mail 'Penenberg writes accessibly about this paradigm-busting phenomenon and makes it all sound so simple.' -- Sunday Territorian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Adam L. Penenberg is a journalism professor and assistant director of the Business and Economic Program at New York University. A contributing writer to Fast Company, he has also written for Inc., Forbes, The New York Times, Slate, Wired, Economist, Playboy and Mother Jones. A former senior editor at Forbes and reporter for Forbes.com, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of The New Republic. Penenberg's story was a watershed for online investigative journalism and is portrayed in the film "Shattered Glass" (Steve Zahn plays Penenberg).
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