This book was published through a social networking process - very interesting. Here's the description:
In what began as a half dare, the editors, Gavin Heaton and Drew McLellan challenged bloggers around the world to contribute one page — 400 words — on the topic of “conversation”. The resulting book, The Age of Conversation, brings together over 100 of the world’s leading marketers, writers, thinkers and creative innovators in a ground-breaking and unusual publication. And in the spirit of conversation, you can follow-up and extend your interest in the topics covered in the book at the Age of Conversation blog — www.ageofconversation.com.
All the proceeds from the sale of this book (less printing and shipping) go to Variety, the Children’s Charity. We thank you for supporting this initiative with your purchase.
Here's a more detailed description of the book process from the Shaping Youth Blog
In three months time, these agents of change have brought a top quality book to market and a fully published probono project to fruition, uniting disparate views and s into a digital conversation that will no doubt spark new thinking among communicators everywhere!
AdAge review here.
Nick Rice, one of my blog readers, contributed a chapter. He also pointed me recently to a tool called CoReap ( www.coreap.com ), a social search and bookmarking add-on for your web browser. If you bookmark web sites and web pages on a regular basis, or do team research on the web, then CoReap is just the tool for you! CoReap helps you find and bookmark websites of interest, and share them with your friends, from anywhere, anytime!
With CoReap, you can not only manage your bookmarks online, but since CoReap seamlessly integrates with existing web search platforms like Google and Yahoo, bookmarks shared in your social search network are
displayed alongside the web search results.
My problem with it is that I do a lot of my tagging into del.icio.us - so I'd have to fool around with livewire and see if it can bookmark into del.icio.us and this .. and then of course getting enough colleagues to use it. I could this, however, potentially useful for a group or team wanting to work together and the focus was on research.