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Tapping Into The Network Effect

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Written by on February 7, 2015

If you want to see what the future of media will be like, there is one place where that is more apparent than anywhere else, and that is on YouTube.

No, I don't mean YouTube itself, nor how it functions as a site or as a platform. YouTube as a whole is mostly crap, but within it is a growing movement of independent creators, who act in a way that is incredibly exciting for the future of media. Unlike on other social networks, where people are constantly being pushed to towards ever more shallow interactions, YouTube allows people to focus on long term value.

As such, YouTube is a wonderful place to learn about what really works when it comes to audience development.

If you want to know more about this future of individual media, I have already written two Plus reports about it:

In this article, however, we are going to look at one specific form of audience development that we could all learn from. I call it the network effect. And while this phrase can be used to describe many things, this specific type of network growth uses the momentum of each individual's network, to enhance each that of others.

So, how does this work? And what do you need to do in order to get in on it?

Amazing people doing amazing things

First, let me introduce you to a truly remarkable guy. His name is Peter Hollens. He is an a cappella singer, meaning that he reproduces every single instrument and sound using only his own voice and body.

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Thomas Baekdal

Thomas Baekdal

Founder of Baekdal, author, writer, strategic consultant, and new media advocate.

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