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Web 2.0 and Beyond: Understanding the New Online Business Models, Trends, and Technologies [Hardcover]

Tom Funk

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Nov. 30 2008 0313351872 978-0313351877

Web 2.0 has taken on buzzword status. It's now shorthand for everything that is new, cutting-edge, and gaining momentum online. Web 2.0 can describe particular Web sites; cultural trends like social networking, blogging, or podcasting; or the underlying technology that makes today's coolest Web applications possible. Many Web 2.0 innovations were pioneered by behemoths like Google, Amazon, Apple, YouTube, and MySpace. But even the smallest, leanest companies can take advantage of the new trends, new and open-source programming tools, and new networks. This book presents a wealth of ideas that will enable any business to quickly and affordably deploy Web 2.0 best practices to gain customers and maximize profits.

Web 2.0 is more a series of trends than a basket of things: —More and more, power is in the hands of individual users and their networks. —Web content is distributed, sorted, combined, and displayed across the Web in formats and places not anticipated by the content creators. —New technology now makes rich online experiences and complex software applications possible, and at a low cost. —Integration is breaking down walls between PCs and mobile devices. Web 2.0 is a landscape in which users control their online experience and influence the experiences of others. Business success on the Web, therefore, now comes from harnessing the power of social networks, computing networks, media and opinion networks, and advertising networks. Web 2.0 takes advantage of higher bandwidth and lighter-weight programming tools to create rich, engaging online experiences that compete with television and other offline activities. With examples and case studies from real businesses, this book demonstrates what makes a successful Web 2.0 company, regardless of its size or resources. A non-technical guide, it is aimed squarely at the marketer or business manager who wants to understand recent developments in the online world, and to turn them into practical, competitive advantages.

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"Funk outlines the latest emerging technologies on the Web, and offers readers the Ten Things You Should Do to Make Your Business More Web 2.0. This highly accessible guide provides the latest information on the most popular activities on the Web; new ways to market, attract customers, and keep your Website vibrant; and ways to protect yourself form the growing menace of cybercrime."



"This valuable compendium organizes, evaluates, and places into context online business models, trends, and technologies. It considers where the Web has been and where it is going, with implications of these developments for business. The new generation, Web 2.0, is characterized by a shift to individual users who are now able to customize their Web experience and engage in social communication networks, leading to an integrative experience unimagined in the first, more static iteration of Web-based technologies. Funk, a Web publishing practitioner, traces these complex developments with great clarity, utilizing simple, concise language to frame the discussion. Useful case studies illustrate the potential as the Web evolves in serving customers and creating new business opportunities. The author also traces developments to the Web 3.0 environment. This well-organized and well-written work is essential for anyone interested in the Web and its development, particularly as it relates to the business world. Essential. General readers, all levels of students, faculty, and practitioners."



"Librarians will find insight in Funk's analyses of the possibilities of 2.0 (and even 3.0). . . . his book should inspire ideas for better representing our resources to our patrons. Lively discussions of what else we can do to market our libraries will be sparked by his many examples of successful business models. . . . heartily recommended to academic librarians."


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A veteran Web marketing consultant takes managers on a tour of the new marketing venues and techniques made possible by Web 2.0.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow is this FULL of all that is Web 2.0. Feb. 3 2009
By Larry Slater - Published on Amazon.com
Now you may not know much about what is now called Web 2.0, if not then which planet have YOU been living on, but after reading this book you will know more then even that nerdy 16 year old next door.

Tom Funk jumps from topic to topic with the speed of a run-away broad-band connection yet seems to pull from each topic all that you would need to know to talk knowledgeably with your marketing director at work. He shows you case studies of how each area can and is utilized in real-world situations which is nice seeing as most of this stuff sounds like science fiction to the uninitiated.

Just looking at the Index will tell you that there is something different about this book. Starbucks is right next to Strategy Analytics and MMORPGs is next to Mobile Advertising. Huh? But that's not as important as knowing that you will learn how all these come together to get you up to speed in this ever changing world of Web 2.0.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended Web 2.0 book for businesspeople Dec 14 2008
By Donna Lee - Published on Amazon.com
I am a nontechnical reader, and I enjoyed this book for its very accessible and clear writing, for explaining what Web 2.0 is about, and for its many practical suggestions for using Web 2.0 in business.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for the Trillium Digital staff Feb. 27 2009
By Reid Greenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Gotta say, the book is wonderful. Fun, informative and an easy read. As a "seasoned" digital marketer, Tom's book was a fantastic reminder on topics I had forgotten as well as an abundance of information on ideas I had never thought of.

Clear, concise and timely. Anyone who runs a website or has an online marketing role should buy this book.

Great work, Tom!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Instructional Guide on Web 2.0 strategies & the evolution of change on the Web May 1 2009
By brentgrab - Published on Amazon.com
great intermediate level instructional guide on how to maximize profits through social media, how to create 'sticky' clients, and how to develop new relationships through social networking. A lot of 'history' of the web and how it's evolved... most of that I skipped over, but you may like to read it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read; useful and insightful Dec 14 2008
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Mr. Funk gives a comprehensive overview of the web with up to date information and a socio-historical context. It's rare to find a book of this sort that is both useful, technically sound, and fun to read. Highly recommended.

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