The list author says: "This list focuses on managing online communities as a practice, and incorporates many ideas of knowledge management, communities of practice, social networking, brand building, community development, and global communities."
"Good read on social capital and intra-organization communities of practice. This is from a more traditional view of social networks and SN-analysis, but also describes how they can come about. Similar to "The Hidden Power of Social Networks""
"Great worldwide view of impact of globalization, and points to new opportunities for online communities. Easy to read and very nicely detailed to support the concepts through introspection and interviews."
"Good coverage of new business opportunity in online catalogs and social interaction. Very good read. Like "The World is Flat" and "The Wisdom of Crowds", it brings out a new idea in terms of high-level-view of products, services, and societies, as well as describing new business opportunities."
"This is one of the better "backgrounder" or "why" books I've come across giving some interesting relational ideas to converging knowledge across groups. However, I feel that some of the ideas are too specific and not generalizable."
"This book has good ideas on networks created based on peer-relationships as well as ideas on how to encourage peer group networks to grow. There are some well defined ideas even if a little brief. This book feels like a summary but does it well and is a quick read."
"Eye-opener brand building approach. It touches on community identity building as related to building a brand. This book describes a phase oriented approach to brand-building, and describes the behavior at successful brands with true loyalists such as Apple, Harley-Davidson, etc. In comparison to "The Starfish/Spider", this looks at non-ad-hoc groups and is a good complement to the other."
"A very engaging book looking at the mathematical foundations of the theory of networks and complexity. It applies broadly to many fields including sociology, biology, physics, business, geography, and certainly to all kinds of relationships. It is a much better explanation than even Watts and Strogatz's book."
"Opens eyes to new ways of managing people through case studies of the management philosophies of WL Gore, Whole Foods and Google. It hints at the changes to working with people in social software. Needs more on that front."