Viral Loop: The Power of Pass-It-On

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Hodder & Stoughton, Jan 7, 2010 - Business & Economics - 300 pages
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Here’s how it works: you read a book, you recommend it to a friend. That friend tells another friend. And another... until the book becomes this year’s word-of-mouth sensation.

This is the first to analyze the power of the 'pass-it-on’ phenomenon, introducing us to the architects of the mightily efficient, money-spinning model known as the Viral Loop - the secret behind some of the most successful businesses in recent history.

Outfits such as Google, eBay, Flickr and Facebook all employ the model at their core; all have seen their stock valuations skyrocket within years of forming. The genius lies in the model’s reliance on replication: what’s the point of using Facebook if none of your friends can see your profile, or using Flickr if you can’t share your photos? Where’s the joy in posting a video on YouTube if no one watches it? Thus, in creating a viral product that people want, need and desire, growth can, and will, take care of itself.

Find out why the Loop will catch us all up, sooner rather than later...

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Almost a short history on tech startups and technology development. Good content and insight but it wanders from the topic at a few points Read full review

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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

The book is ok. If you read this thinking that you are going to get real insights on how and why things go viral, you're not. The reason that I gave it 3 stars and not less is because despite this ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Adam Penenberg has written for Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Comapny, Slate, Wired, The Economist, and Mother Jones. A former senior editor at Forbes, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of The New Republic. Penenberg`s story was a watershed for online investigative journalism and is portrayed in the film `Shattered Glass`. A journalism professor at New York University, Penenberg is the assistant director of the Business & Economic Program. He lives in New York.

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