I've been following Robert Scoble's writings for quite some time: if you haven't come across him yet, he's a 'technical evangelist' working at Microsoft, who (according to the Economist) 'might mark the beginning of the end of âcorporate communicationsâ? as we know it'. I'm inclined to agree. His transparent-beyond-the-call-of-duty approach is startling at first, but quickly wins you over. His employer has always had an image problem in the tech community; it's hard to love a company run by the Richest Man In The World. But as Scoble proves, it's a company full of well-meaning people who genuinely care about what they do.
Writing on Boxing Day, he does some searches to show the number of Microsoft teams who now engage directly with anyone who cares to listen, or more importantly, who cares to join the dialogue. I was interested to note one almost throwaway point: 'I use Google cause thatâs what most of you are using.' This, remember, is a man whose job is to evangelise (or let's face it, sell) Microsoft technology. And this is why it all works. Scoble isn't shy of admitting 'we aren't number one', and hence he maintains his credibility. Mind you, he isn't averse to promising great things for Microsoft's products in the future.
Incidentally, he's right about the mass of anonymous email addresses. During my time with Microsoft, I remember asking where mail sent to our team email addresses actually ended up. The answer was never especially clear, and the mail generally didn't make it to the front line.
My new WordPress-based, work-related blog. Thoughts on running websites in large bureaucracies, web editorial, writing for the web, web trends likely to enter the mainstream, all in layman's terms.(tags: simondickson)
Proof once again that content is king. The hype behind podcasting is long gone, but this proves it has a role to play - if quality people choose to produce quality material. Half an hour of laugh-out-loud stupidity from the guys behind 'The Office'. Bewar
del.icio.us has an option to post lists of the sites you tag on your blog - but to call it 'undocumented' would be very generous. Here's how it works.
To design or not to design? If I'd been able to answer that question, this blog would have started weeks ago. But I couldn't decide if I liked any of the WordPress.com themes on offer, or if I wanted to design my own in Blogger. In actual fact, if this still matters, it soon won't. I read most of my favourite blogs via their (text only) RSS feed, in Bloglines. I almost never see their websites, and I genuinely don't know what many of them look like. I don't know why, but I just looked at Steve Rubel's MicroPersuasion site - a feed I read every day - and got quite a shock!
Until very recently, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was my browser of no-choice. By which I mean, in a world where one browser has a market share in excess of 90%, it's insanity to work with anything else - especially if websites are your livelihood. In a clash between 'standards compliance' and '90% market share', I'm afraid standards have to go out the window. But today, I switched my default browser to Firefox - and here's why. (more…)
OK, so perhaps you can't email into WordPress.com, but I've found a possible solution. There's a tool called Pocket SharpMT, which seems to speak to WordPress. I'm posting from it now. Only problem so far is that it doesn't seem too keen on working with my PDA's keyboard: not that it isn't working, but I can't see what I'm typing.
UPDATE (23.1.06): I've spotted a few hits to this item today; wonder why it's suddenly of interest? Anyway, my new recommendation is the Windows Mobile version of DopplerRadio, currently in beta but working very well as a blogging client.
Deciding to write a blog is very easy, especially if you're someone making a career out of online communication. But deciding where to put it has been quite a struggle: I know precisely what I want, but disappointingly, I haven't found it. In the end, WordPress.com has got my vote - but not without reservations. (more…)
This is the default post you get when you open a WordPress.com account. I'm going to leave it here as proof that I was here early.