Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves

Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves

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By (author) Adam L. Penenberg, Narrator Richard Allen

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 173mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 27 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400143780
  • ISBN 13: 9781400143788
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Library ed

Product description

Many of the most successful Web 2.0 companies, including MySpace, YouTube, eBay, and rising stars like Twitter and Flickr, are prime examples of what journalist Adam L. Penenberg calls a "viral loop"--to use the product means having to share it with others. After all, what's the sense of being on Facebook if none of your friends are? The end result is a business that spreads rapidly, scales quickly, and has the promise to create staggering wealth. In this game-changing, essential book, Penenberg--who identified the phenomenon in a ground-breaking cover story for "Fast Company"--tells the fascinating, vivid story of the entrepreneurs who first harnessed the unprecedented potential of viral loops to create the successful online businesses (some with billion-dollar valuations) that we have all grown to rely on. While "Viral Loop" is fascinating for Penenberg's savvy, incisive explanation of the concept, it's even more valuable for its prescriptive nature. Throughout the book, Penenberg illustrates how any kind of business can uncork viral loops to benefit its own bottom line, even retrofitting the concept for the offline world. Penenberg explores viral loops and their impact on contemporary American business, while illustrating how all kinds of businesses--from the smallest start-ups to nonprofit organizations to the biggest multinational corporations--can use the paradigm-busting power of viral loops to enable their business through technology.

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Author information

Adam L. Penenberg is a contributing writer to "Fast Company," a professor of journalism at New York University, and the author of "Tragic Indifference: One Man's Battle With the Auto Industry Over the Dangers of SUVs." Richard Allen is a five-time Audie-nominated narrator whose work has been acknowledged on the Best Audiobooks Lists for "Audiofile" and "Library Journal."

Review quote

"A snappy, topical read made even more memorable by Allen's performance: his vocal range is wide, but he wisely scales back his intensity to command our attention with his sheer charisma." ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review