You mean like – books?
Yes, I do mean books. Since I’ve started playing with the what social networking/social media might mean to me, I’ve bought more non-fiction books in the last 3 months than fiction.
Some of this has been catch-up – I’d heard of the long tail, I’d hear mavens mentioned…
Some have been as the result of my own research – looking for social capital I’d hear about Bowling Alone…
Shirky’s book was as a result of seeing Bill Barnett (@bb42) tweeting about some of Clay Shirky’s writings and me saying, “Wow, what should I start with?”
I love playing with the toys, but I think it’s even more important to try and get an understanding of how this area is formed and where it’s moving…
… and for me, that’s largely by reading what others have written.
This is my current list, most recent first – the first two still being read.
- Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky
- Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott & Anthony Williams
- The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few by James Surowiecki
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Long Tail: How Endless Choice Is Creating Unlimited Demand by Chris Anderson
- Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert Putnam
What are you reading?
I’d really like to know your reading suggestions – mainly printed word, as I think RSS feeds are a matter for another post…
… which might be next week.
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