- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (September 28, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0782143466
- ISBN-13: 978-0782143461
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Power of Many: How the Living Web Is Transforming Politics, Business, and Everyday Life 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
"A lot of people are starting to use the Internet to reconnect themselves to their neighborhood, their community, and the world. The Power of Many is a great survey of the way this is really being accomplished by many individuals working together."
—Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org
"What a fascinating topic. If you're interested in the future, the past, or the present, then you should read this book."
—Scott Heiferman, Co-Founder of Meetup.com and Fotolog.net
The development of social networks on the Web touches countless aspects of our everyday lives. With instant access to people of similar mindsets, near or far, we can readily form partnerships with more people and in more ways than ever before. It's now possible to use Internet tools to organize a rally, energize a political campaign, arrange a date, join a support group, or sell a product, as naturally as we use a phone.
Through a series of pertinent case studies and interviews with leading thinkers and doers in this rapidly evolving field, Christian Crumlish uncovers universal themes and lessons learned. He illustrates how we use peer-to-peer technologies—web services, blogs, mobile phone SMS, and more—to accomplish widespread goals. He also suggests how we can take even more advantage of these technologies to connect with people who have similar interests.
Discover how Howard Dean's campaign used the Internet to take a little-known candidate a long way. How activists arrange public meetings and drive letter-writing campaigns. How individuals find much-needed help for personal issues. How artists promote and air their creative genius. How business people and singles seek potential partners. And much, much more.
Here are just a few of the more than 60 experts, businesspeople, activists, and writers who share their insights:
- Futurist and best-selling author Howard Rheingold
- Scott Heiferman, founder of Meetup.com
- Executives from the American Red Cross, the Leukemia Society, and the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
- Venture capitalist Joi Ito
- Official and unofficial bloggers for the Bush, Clark, Dean, and Kerry campaigns
- Researchers Elizabeth Lane Lawley and Mary Hodder
About the Author
Christian Crumlish is a writer, consultant, and artist who has been involved in developing and writing about web technology for the last decade. He's one of the better-known bloggers and is well connected both in the social-software arena and among technically savvy political organizers. His previous books include Coffeehouse: Writings from the Web, The Internet for Busy People, and The Internet Dictionary.
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Hail Crumlish Caesar! Long live the Republic! Blogs are free speech!
There is too much about blogs and political sites. All of that is in the past now, and it is time to move on to the next election and spend time developing something for us not so well-developed computer users. He has written THE INTERNET FOR BUSY PEOPLE and THE INTERNET DICTIONARY. In this book, he has a glossary but most of it is Latin to me, and an Index which was helpful.
Now, down to my level, e-mail still 'feels' relatively private, although that is generally an illusion. I know that it is not exactly protected, but who would want to read through a stranger's communications with his friends? That is an invasion of privacy in the worse scenario. E-mail didn't catch on in a big way until there were nice graphical point-and-click interfaces and seamless Internet connections backing everything up. I was trained (8 months of hard work, 5 days a week) in Computers and Word Processing, yet I was not prepared for the actual work I did as a Temp at factories. It was all different and all interesting and was a joy to be able to use a computer for pay. But, I have noticed at the public computers in libraries and free labs are full of homeless people sending e-mail, and some of the not-so-nice men looking at porn. These people have no training even in typing, yet they are able to send and receive messages to people far away.
The fallacy of online communications is that so many use false identities. On Dateline, an NBC reporter used several aliases (Justin Case, that type of foolishness) to film a scam, which seemed to me unethical, but the people who claimed to be wealthy and in need at the same time, needing cash which would be repaid in multiple times were as false as his monikers. It is a shame that the web has come to this and a decent person is not safe. I have a friend who does only email on Yahoo and she keeps having to change her address using initials instead of her real name. That's sad!
The solitary writer of yesterday gives way to 'the power of many' on the Internet. Me, I'm a loner; if I can't be a leader, I will influence politicians and important people one-on-one.
But the real value of the book is a series of very important insights about relationships and the technology that attempts to facilitate them, scattered like diamonds throughout the book. I call them Xian's Principles of Online Connectivity, and they are:
1. The Internet is still too hard for most people to use.
2. Blogs are just the best current disintermediation tool, and other social networking tools will only succeed when they, too, cut out the middleman.
3. All communications and networking is moving to peer-to-peer.
4. Real communities are only formed when people meet face-to-face to work toward some specific common goal.
5. Tremendous advantage accrues to anyone who pioneers a new technology successfully.
6. Online networking is great for support groups, but dreadful for changing the system, and often detracts from actually getting things done.
7. Information, like ideas, is worth nothing; it's doing something with it that creates all the value.
8. Artificial Intelligence doesn't work in matters of taste.
9. There is no useful taxonomy of relationships.
10. Social networking tools are largely redundant for bloggers, but for others they're essential to establish online presence.
These important ideas alone, and the thoughtful discussion surrounding them, justify the price of this book.
Xian also implies that messaging, publishing and filing are all just moving bits from A to B, and that software should handle them all the same way, simply. He also touches on a point that the transition from online communication to face-to-face or even voice-to-voice communication is terribly jarring, and sometimes doesn't work despite the best efforts of the conversants. Each of these ideas could merit a whole book by themselves.
Good stuff. In the interest of full disclosure, I acknowledge I was a fan of Xian's work before I read the book, and he was kind enough to acknowledge me as an inspiration for the book.