Finished Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky

I wish I would have read this book when it was published around 2008.  It’s a great book but it would have especially helpful for a young kid just out of college. In 2015, I get the opportunity to look back over the years and determine if this book holds up over the years.  Which the book defiantly does hold up and it really depicted world as it is today.

Throughout the book, Clay talks about people using available technology and mobile phones organize without organizing quickly to create change like we’ve never seen before.  He uses a number of stories to illustrate his points like a man trying to find a friend’s lost phone, protests in Russia and the Philippines, collaborating online with Wikipedia, and spreading news like the 2008 China’s Sichuan earthquake.

Since 2008, social network and smartphones have only become more important.  Just think about all of the news events that were changed by social media and technology.  It helped people quickly organize protests during the Arab Spring.  During the Boston bombing people in the US watched news channels like CNN but it Twitter that was breaking the news and giving it to CNN’s anchors.  Then Snowden showed us a hidden dark side of all of this social networking and use of technology.

It’s been an interesting seven years since Clay published Here Comes Everybody.  It’s a thought provoking book that is even more relevant today then it was when it was first published.  The main thing I learned from reading this book is that I shouldn’t wait seven years to read Clay’s next book.  I own Clay’s second book Cognitive Surplus and I’ll be moving it up my “To Read” list.