Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide: Business thinking and strategies behind successful Web 2.0 implementations.

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Apr 23, 2008 - Computers - 272 pages

Web 2.0 makes headlines, but how does it make money? This concise guide explains what's different about Web 2.0 and how those differences can improve your company's bottom line. Whether you're an executive plotting the next move, a small business owner looking to expand, or an entrepreneur planning a startup, Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide illustrates through real-life examples how businesses, large and small, are creating new opportunities on today's Web.

This book is about strategy. Rather than focus on the technology, the examples concentrate on its effect. You will learn that creating a Web 2.0 business, or integrating Web 2.0 strategies with your existing business, means creating places online where people like to come together to share what they think, see, and do. When people come together over the Web, the result can be much more than the sum of the parts. The customers themselves help build the site, as old-fashioned "word of mouth" becomes hypergrowth.

Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide demonstrates the power of this new paradigm by examining how:

  • Flickr, a classic user-driven business, created value for itself by helping users create their own value
  • Google made money with a model based on free search, and changed the rules for doing business on the Web-opening opportunities you can take advantage of

  • Social network effects can support a business-ever wonder how FaceBook grew so quickly?
  • Businesses like Amazon tap into the Web as a source of indirect revenue, using creative new approaches to monetize the investments they've made in the Web

Written by Amy Shuen, an authority on Silicon Valley business models and innovation economics, Web 2.0: A Strategy Guide explains how to transform your business by looking at specific practices for integrating Web 2.0 with what you do. If you're executing business strategy and want to know how the Web is changing business, this book is for you.

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Like everyone competing in business today, I am buried in unhelpful technology trend books. But I had not made it out of Shuen's Preface before realizing this book will become the "bible" for doing ... Read full review

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Many of Web 2.0’s foundational principles – for example, giving away your primary online product – are counterintuitive. Fortunately, Amy Shuen, a renowned expert on high-tech business models, dispels much of the mystery in her outstanding book. Its bona fides include being issued by the publishing company belonging to Tim O’Reilly, the high-tech guru who helped coin the phrase “Web 2.0.” Shuen covers the social and business effects of Web 2.0, breaks down the Web 2.0 strategies of some of the most successful Internet companies and explains how business of any size can benefit from harnessing Web 2.0’s limitless potential. getAbstract recommends this book to executives who develop strategy, small-business owners who want to expand their operations and entrepreneurs who plan new business ventures.
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Users Create Value
Networks Multiply Effects
People Build Connections
Companies Capitalize Competences
New Recombines with Old
Businesses Incorporate Strategies
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