Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday November 5, 2007.

The cover of Wikinomics, by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams Author(s): Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams
Publisher: Portfolio
ISBN: 1591841380
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My last trip to the Carson City Library was a bit of a disappointment. For starters, I couldn’t find any books I wanted to check out (and they have no online reservation system), so I was left searching the shelves for something that interested me. I found two books that had promise. I found Wikinomics because it was on a display of new books and the Wikipedia log cover caught my eye. I read the description and went with it. This is the first review of the two books I found that day that disappointed me.

Here is what I posted on Shelfari

Perhaps it is because a lot of the ideas that were presented early in the book are ideas I am already familiar with, but I couldn’t get out of the first several chapters. I didn’t finish the book due to that and would suggest that anyone familiar with the ideas that mass collaboration can change the way things are done throughout industry and especially in information-based economies avoid the book and look for something that isn’t geared toward informing people of those ideas. For anyone who is new to this, check it out. It’s probably going to open your eyes to a lot of new things and hopefully engage you in a way that helps you become a part of the movement.

As soon as I posted that I realized it could be perceived as just me being an arrogant snob again. Probably true, but it’s exactly right. I don’t claim to be an expert in online collaboration, but I do have a pretty good handle on how the communities that surround projects work. I use one of the best content managers I know of, and it’s built on a serious online community. I take part in the community as much as my skills in the area allow (very little, admittedly). I also worked on a site that’s sole purpose was to bring a notoriously fractured community together. So I’ve done this and I have an idea how it works.

With that said, I want to point out that it’s important for people who might feel like this stuff is over their heads to find somewhere to start and learn about it. This is the book for those people. It has all of the basic information, at least in the parts I read, to teach someone how these communities function and how they’ll help business going forward.

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