The Cluetrain Manifesto
The End of Business as Usual
Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger
Tenth Anniversary Edition of the International Bestseller
Ten years after Cluetrain’s original publication, too many companies still ignore the idea that markets are really made up of people. In our rapidly changing world, this book’s message is more vital than ever. Companies may be wired for business, but they still struggle with how to talk to their customers like human beings.The 10th Anniversary Edition features extensive new commentaries by industry leaders, but the core message of this modern business classic remains intact.
The Cluetrain Manifesto began as a Web site in 1999 when the authors, who have worked variously at IBM, Sun Microsystems, the Linux Journal, and NPR, posted 95 theses about the new reality of the networked marketplace. Ten years after its original publication, their message remains more relevant than ever. For example, thesis no. 2: “Markets consist of human beings, not demographic sectors”; thesis no. 20: “Companies need to realize their markets are often laughing. At them.” This new edition enlarges on these themes through dozens of stories and observations about business in America and how the Internet will continue to change it all.With a new introduction and chapters by the authors, and commentary by Jake McKee, JP Rangaswami, and Dan Gillmor, this book is essential reading for anybody interested in the Internet and e-commerce, and is especially vital for businesses navigating the topography of the wired marketplace.
Published by Basic Books
Praise for The Cluetrain Manifesto
You might not agree with everything these Web provocateurs say…but you will ignore their ideas at your own peril. — Fast Company
The pretentious, strident and absolutely brilliant creation of four marketing gurus who have renounced marketing-as-usual. — Wall Street Journal
The most important business book since In Search of Excellence. Get a clue. Read the book. — Jeff Angus, Information Week
For every retail or consumer-products company wondering why its Internet marketing doesn’t seem to be working, The Cluetrain Manifesto…offers fresh and sound advice, expressed in entertaining prose. Its oft-repeated premise—that markets are conversations—should be pounded into the collective brain of corporate executives. — Business Week