The list author says: "I'm fascinated by how Social Media is shaping our personal and political lives and by the authors who write on this topic. However, it's hard to find these books by searching. Usually, I find new books by seeing what books other people bought when they bought one of my favorites. So, here's a list of my favorites."
"I truly love this book. The more I read about social media and the Internet and their impact on our lives, the more I reflect on the contents of this book. Jeff says to use a free product -- like Google's search and serve humanity, then look to "monetize" some byproduct of the main free service."
"The movie The Social Network vaguely follows the plot of this book, but the movie exaggerates for effect. The book is better because it skips the soap opera. The book's focus is on the amazing social-political impact of this site."
"I never thought much about how valuable it is to have our world organized any way we want it. We don't have to organize our minds according to the Dewey Decimal system, we can simply type in any keyword and go. This book really demonstrates how radically our world has been changed by new technology."
"Building on the idea that our world can now be searched with any keyword, Howe notes there's a lot of junk on the Net, but we don't see it. The crowd filters it for us. It's amazing how strangers help us find the best products, based on customer reviews, the most relevant sites, based on hits. And we contribute as we search the net, adding hits to good sites and "bouncing" off bad ones."
"I got in this huge and fun debate over this book. He said it isn't possible for a bunch of random people to come out with better answers than the educated elite (does he have a silver spoon?). But this book comes up with some stunning and counterintuitive statistical information on how frequently the "crowd" gets the answer right. It still boggles my mind."
"This book is hilarious. It includes a night spent in juvie and a host of other things Steve did that could have gotten him in trouble with the law. This book gives the impression he could have gone either master criminal or business mogul and we just got lucky. He changed the world we live in for the better and this rambling book is fun and fascinating."
"This obviously isn't social media, but the more I read about the new media, the more I wanted to know the background. As with the Facebook Effect, there are legal actions and personal conflicts, but the book doesn't turn soap opera on us. It's just the facts about a lot of unlikely, amazing people who worked lifetimes to bring us a new world."
"Google as God seems a little overdone sometimes, but there's really no end to the things this company has done and is doing as a Social Business. Changing the World as they see fit to make it a better place. Lovin' it."