March 3 2008
One of the interesting changes that results from the ever-improving tools to find blog content is that many of you find the same postings I do, and often comment or otherwise take action on what you are finding. No longer are we "unleashing the sickos" (as the community was once unflatteringly described). The community acts independently -- but confidently and decisively -- and doesn't need me or anyone else to say "go get 'em!"
A few recent examples:
Weeks ago, ComputerWeekly.com blogger Cliff Saran unflatteringly expressed annoyance with IBM because of a lack of response to his query. It's still not clear where he submitted this inquiry, nor why he made the unsupported assertion that our competition would have responded faster. I posted a rather lengthy comment on the second of his three postings, but heard nothing from him (or anyone else). In fact, I doubled back a few days later to make sure there was a comment on one of the other postings... it took nearly a week for that second comment to get approved and visible. Anyway, the point is, well before I found Cliff's "FUD" posting (how ironic), dozens of others had left comments defending IBM and/or questioning his approach.
Yesterday, my daily Google alerts caught this article in builder.au, a CNET site: "Case Study: Switching places from Lotus to .NET". I read the report, realized that this was a puff piece of a business partner choosing a new alliance rather than a customer, left a quick comment, and moved on. Today, when I doubled-back to this site, I noticed several other Notes/Domino community members have left comments there -- more critical (and more insightful) than my own.
This morning, in catching up on blogs I hadn't read last week, I noticed a number of references to an instant messaging community now active at im.bleedyellow.com. This seems like a great solution to the challenge many of you are on disparate buddy lists of mine -- AOL, Skype, extst.ibm.com, etc. It also provides a solidifying place for the community to find each other.... a very confident move in expanding the bleedyellow.com site's value. (Nathan has more info on how to set this up, as well as a thought on how to one plus the value of it. 68 online this morning when I signed in!)
It is great see the community's energy across all these sites. This falls in line with how I described things last week in one of my interviews at DePaul -- we have a long history of collaboration, and because of that, this community evolves quickly in adopting and leveraging new tools and methods. Very cool to be a part of.