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Power of Many: How the Living Web Is Transforming Politics, Business, and Everyday Life

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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 really 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, author 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 more.

Book News Annotation:

Web consultant, blogger, and artist Christian Crumlish describes how ordinary people are using the Internet to connect with others and create real change in the world. Drawing upon interviews with more than 60 businesspeople, activists, and writers, he presents case studies illustrating how the collaborative technologies of the "living Web" are transforming all areas of civic life, from community organizing to dating. Particular attention is paid to the Internet- driven 2004 Presidential campaign of Howard Dean. A glossary of terms is found at the back of the volume.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Web consultant, blogger, and artist Christian Crumlish describes how ordinary people are using the Internet to connect with others and create real change in the world. Drawing upon interviews with more than 60 businesspeople, activists, and writers, he presents case studies illustrating how the collaborative technologies of the "living Web" are transforming all areas of civic life, from community organizing to dating. Particular attention is paid to the Internet- driven 2004 Presidential campaign of Howard Dean. A glossary of terms is found at the back of the volume. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book describes what happens when ordinary people get convenient, ubiquitous broadband access to the Internet. As the web becomes easier to contribute to, and less of a nerdy gadget, it becomes a social environment — another aspect of our neighborhood. This book is about how these new forms of social networking are changing the way people shop, get jobs, meet each other, do smart business, enrich their lives, and even elect a President. It's a fascinating read and a practical inside look at the common thread behind several of the year's biggest stories. It features firsthand interviews with key players and shows the reader how they can take full advantage of this extraordinary revolution.

Synopsis:

"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
The Power of Many explores how people are using new methods of social computing to simplify the ways they locate others who share their interests and kindle face-to-face communication. It reveals the tools that make it nearly effortless for groups and individuals to accomplish significant results in the real world. By understanding these trends and techniques, we can identify where and how to apply them in own lives. See the companion website at http://www.thepowerofmany.com.

About the Author

Christian Crumlish is a writer, consultant, and artist who has been involved in developing and writing aout 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Foreword.

Introduction.

Chapter 1: People Get Ready.

Chapter 2: All Politics Is Personal.

Chapter 3: Getting Off the Couch.

Chapter 4: Meet the Neighbors.

Chapter 5: Visible Means of Support.

Chapter 6: CultureJamming the Hollywood Megalith.

Chapter 7: Doing Business with Strangers.

Chapter 8: Lonely Hearts' Club Bands.

Chapter 9: Tom Sawyer Whitewashes a Fence.

Glossary.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780782143461
Subtitle:
How the Living Web Is Transforming Politics, Business, and Everyday Life
Author:
CRUMLISH, CHRISTIAN
Publisher:
Sybex
Location:
N
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Internet - World Wide Web
Subject:
Information society
Subject:
Internet - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
152 X 229 in.

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"Synopsis" by , This book describes what happens when ordinary people get convenient, ubiquitous broadband access to the Internet. As the web becomes easier to contribute to, and less of a nerdy gadget, it becomes a social environment — another aspect of our neighborhood. This book is about how these new forms of social networking are changing the way people shop, get jobs, meet each other, do smart business, enrich their lives, and even elect a President. It's a fascinating read and a practical inside look at the common thread behind several of the year's biggest stories. It features firsthand interviews with key players and shows the reader how they can take full advantage of this extraordinary revolution.
"Synopsis" by , "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
The Power of Many explores how people are using new methods of social computing to simplify the ways they locate others who share their interests and kindle face-to-face communication. It reveals the tools that make it nearly effortless for groups and individuals to accomplish significant results in the real world. By understanding these trends and techniques, we can identify where and how to apply them in own lives. See the companion website at http://www.thepowerofmany.com.

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