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Communicators, Read This Book!

Internet genius (a phrase I use with sincerity here) Clay Shirky released his new book this week, titled Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (affiliate link). I have heard Clay speak many times over the last several years on this topic in addition to taking his class at NYU, and there are few people who can explain the social community phenomenon better than he.

Communicators – this book will give you valuable insight into why people share as much information as they do online, provide case studies that explain how and where people connect and educate you about online group behavior.

Here’s Cory Doctorow’s review on Boing Boing, which concludes:

The last chapter of the book is a kind of roadmap for building your own structures for enabling participation, drawn from Clay’s long history of teaching and consulting, and it’s as practical as the rest is theoretical.

Cognitive Surplus continues to prove that Clay Shirky is one of the best thinkers and advocates the net has. It’s a delight to read and will change how you think about the future.

Want to know where Clay copes with information overload? Check out this recent feature from the Atlantic.

Going Offline: 5 Books on Corporate Social Media

image I’m trying to take a social media vacation, and it’s not working out so well. I’ve found it much more difficult to unplug than I imagined. It’s hard to let go of something that you’re passionate about, which is why I’ve been doing a lot of reading on social media during this downtime.

My Mashable post today includes a list of books on corporate social media. It includes:

There are a lot of free ebooks and white papers out there if you don’t want to cough up the money for one of these (cough, cough CHEAP cough, cough). However, if you’re tasked with formulating a corporate social media plan or you just want to learn more about how it can impact your business, any of these are well worth the investment.

Alright, I’m going to try unplugging again and see if it sticks this time.