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If you are new to social media, then this is a good solid primer in how it can affect your life and how the business value chain has reacted to and in the process of reacting to social media. For those of us who are in the tech business, there is nothing new in this book that we don't know. There are a few anecdotical stories of interest but not enough to make it worthwhile for the advanced tech savvy reader. The less technology you know, the more interesting it will be. It is a must read for people with little knowledge of social media and have an interest understanding how this is media affects their work and home lives.
The narration is fine if not a little robotic. There are times during the narrative that you feel the author is going for a Stepford-wife-esq story. Social media is this and that and – OMG, isn’t it great! The author occasionally makes some pretty boneheaded statements. For example, he says “Newspapers should stop reporting the news and start commenting on the news.” I agree more analysis is always good, but I think this kind of statement is a quite extreme. Considering all of this, I still think there is value in this read depending on your level of exposure to the medium.
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Having just listened to Free by Chris Anderson I was excited to continue my listening along similar subject matter. Socialnomics seemed to fit the bill.
Unfortunately, the reader sounds like he could be computerized and the style feels like it was written for my mother who has no understanding of what facebook, youtube, or myspace is.
When youtube is mentioned, for example, the author constantly says, "the social media site youtube". We all know it's a social media site.
In addition, the examples are long, drawn out, and repetitive.
Perhaps the hard copy reads better but this was a terrible disappointment.
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