The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual

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Da Capo Press, 2001 - Business & Economics - 190 pages
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How would you classify a book that begins with the salutation, "People of Earth..."? While the captains of industry might dismiss it as mere science fiction, The Cluetrain Manifesto is definitely of this day and age. Aiming squarely at the solar plexus of corporate America, authors Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger show how the Internet is turning business upside down. They proclaim that, thanks to conversations taking place on Web sites and message boards, and in e-mail and chat rooms, employees and customers alike have found voices that undermine the traditional command-and-control hierarchy that organizes most corporate marketing groups. "Markets are conversations," the authors write, and those conversations are "getting smarter faster than most companies." In their view, the lowly customer service rep wields far more power and influence in today's marketplace than the well-oiled front office PR machine. The Cluetrain Manifesto began as a Web site (www.cluetrain.com) in 1999 when the authors, who have worked variously at IBM, Sun Microsystems, the Linux Journal, and NPR, posted 95 theses that pronounced what they felt was the new reality of the networked marketplace. This book is for anyone interested in the Internet and e-commerce, and is especially important for those businesses struggling to navigate the topography of the wired marketplace.
  

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User Review  - Julia - Goodreads

A little dated for reading in 2014, but contains many sound predictions about the web. Except for one major thing the authors got wrong: we are still very much living in the advertising age on the web, perhaps even more so than before! Read full review

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User Review  - Abou Hamza - Goodreads

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Contents

INTERNET APOCALYPSE
1
CHAP
39
TALK IS CHEAP
47
MARKETS ARE CONVERSATIONS
75
THE HYPERLINKED ORGANIZATION
115
EX ANSWERS
161
POSTAPOCALYPSO
173
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
185
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
187
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Rick Levine is co-founder of Mancala, Inc. Previously, he was architect of Sun Microsystems' Java Software group. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.Christopher Locke publishes Gradient Reversals from Boulder, Colorado. A noted speaker, he has also written extensively for publications such as Forbes, Internet World, Information Week, and The Industry Standard.Doc Searls is Senior Editor of Linux Journal. He has written for Upsde, Omni, and PC Magazine. He co-founded Hodskins Simone & Searls, which became one of the leading advertising agencies in Silicon Valley. He lives in Woodside, California.David Weinberger is the editor of JOHO (Journal of the Hyperlinked Organization). He is a commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered" and has written for Wired, the New York Times, and Smithsonian. He lives in Boston. Chris Locke is author of The Bombast Transcripts, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and editor/publisher of the Webzine Entropy Gradient Reversals. He has worked for Fujitsu, Ricoh, the Japanese government's "Fifth Generation" artificial-intelligence project, Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, CMP Publications, Mecklermedia, MCI, and IBM. Named in a 2001 Financial Times Group survey as one of the "top 50 business thinkers in the world," he has written for a wide variety of publications, including Forbes, The Industry Standard, Information Week, Harvard Business Review, and Release 1.0. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. Rick Levine is co-founder of Mancala, Inc. Previously, he was architect of Sun Microsystems' Java Software group. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.Christopher Locke publishes Gradient Reversals from Boulder, Colorado. A noted speaker, he has also written extensively for publications such as Forbes, Internet World, Information Week, and The Industry Standard.Doc Searls is Senior Editor of Linux Journal. He has written for Upsde, Omni, and PC Magazine. He co-founded Hodskins Simone & Searls, which became one of the leading advertising agencies in Silicon Valley. He lives in Woodside, California.David Weinberger is the editor of JOHO (Journal of the Hyperlinked Organization). He is a commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered" and has written for Wired, the New York Times, and Smithsonian. He lives in Boston. David Weinberger is the publisher of JOHO (Journal of the Hyperlinked Organization). Co-author of the best-selling The Cluetrain Manifesto, he is a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and has written for a wide variety of publications, including Wired, the New York Times, and Smithsonian.

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