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The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting… (edition 2010)
by David Kirkpatrick
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick
No current Talk conversations about this book.
The author certainly makes valid points. However, reading this now, 9 years after the book was published, it is clear that he could not foresee the critical extent and the dangerous reach of the Facebook Effect, and how it would become a double-edged sword that causes as much harm as it does good. ( )
All around awesome. Very cool back story and details about the people, process and passion, that are making it happen. Real world, world changing stuff, that has happened and will continue to happen in our time.
Like watching an episode of Silicon Valley (paying graffiti artist for a mural, the Thiel/Gregory character, being rude to VC on purpose).
As a product manager, some decision process and design events are nice learning from the inside. After all Facebook is a very widely used product.
Also worth noting is the short history of all social networks, putting things in perspective.
Warning: the author seems very very close to the Facebook inner circle. Everything has to be complemented with other books/sources.
On the audio version Kirkpatrick is even interviewed by Facebook marketing manager and Zuckerberg sister on how wonderful his book is and how Facebook is truly fantastic.
A bit too much :)
Still learned a lot, well written and did not want to stop, so 4 stars :)
Very interesting story about how Facebook came to be. As an entrepreneur I always like the first half of such books much more, as it tells the founding and early growth story. It was entertaining and I learned a lot about Facebook and their culture.
Very interesting chronology of the creation of Facebook from the Harvard dorm room to millions of users. It was also the movie "the social network" that made me read this book (though the movie actually is inspired by "accidental billionaire"). The last few chapters were bit of a drag but overall the book was just great. Would highly recommend this book.
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The exclusive inside story of Facebook and how it has revolutionized the way the world uses the Internet. "A fantastic book, filled with great reporting and colorful narrative" (Walter Isaacson). In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects--even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran. Veteran technology reporter David Kirkpatrick had the full cooperation of Facebook's key executives in researching this fascinating history of the company and its impact on our lives. Kirkpatrick tells us how Facebook was created, why it has flourished, and where it is going next. He chronicles its successes and missteps, and gives readers the most complete assessment anywhere of founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the central figure in the company's remarkable ascent. This is the Facebook story that can be found nowhere else. How did a nineteen-year-old Harvard student create a company that has transformed the Internet and how did he grow it to its current enormous size? Kirkpatrick shows how Zuckerberg steadfastly refused to compromise his vision, insistently focusing on growth over profits and preaching that Facebook must dominate (his word) communication on the Internet. In the process, he and a small group of key executives have created a company that has changed social life in the United States and elsewhere, a company that has become a ubiquitous presence in marketing, altering politics, business, and even our sense of our own identity. This is the Facebook Effect.
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