While posting some links today between Twitter, del.icio.us and creating a few short entries on my blog today, it occurred to me that I’ve been using FriendFeed the wrong way. The short snippets, comments and links aggregated from various services that I use or posted directly to FriendFeed could directly replace my blog. In fact, when I look at my blog, 90% of what I post is really for my personal reference. Things that I found interesting and want to get back to. Others may find it interesting too, but that’s not really what I’m going for. So the only compelling feature that FriendFeed lacks that my blog has is the ability to post long articles and to organize those in the context of my web site so that they are navigable outside of the “blog stream”. But, if I were to use another online document editor, Wiki or simple CMS that provided feeds I could add that to FriendFeed too. Hrmmm.
Jonathan Schwartz has pioneered executive blogging and has done a great job of keeping Sun visible and relevant during a radical transition in many of their businesses. Credit should be given where credit is due. If McNealy were still at the helm no one would be talking about Sun anymore.
I’m bored with old school metabloggers. Bored to the point where I’m deleting your feeds and hope to never read, see or hear anything about your blog again.
I don’t care if you think you invented blogging 10 years ago (when in fact Justin Hall really did in 1995), or if you hate President Bush, or if you think Google is going to provide the cure for cancer or think you’re going to get rich by buying Apple stock at nearly $170 a share. I am no longer reading your blog because your self-importance and insipid commentary are more than I can bear. Please give up trying to impact politics, the environment and the technology industry. And no, you don’t get a free v2 Zune. You’re just not important enough. You have no impact on any of these things and frankly you’re just a waste of bandwidth.
Please go away. Thanks.
Fake Steve Jobs has been outed. But he might prefer the term “bradstoned” in honor of the NY Times blogger Brad Stone that posted his “trial” of FSJ in a recent blog entry. FSJ’s true identity is Daniel Lyons of Forbes. A key exhibit in the molehill of evidence presented by Stone- both FSJ and Daniel Lyons use the phrases “see here” and “fair enough”- often. Quite compelling.
I wonder if FSJ is going to be interesting as a featured blog on the Forbes web site? I’m thinking that it probably won’t be. Now that Lyons has been outed, the writing will become tame and the commenters will start to migrate to new areas of interest. It has already been pointed out that Lyons has taken liberties through FSJ with the open source community and the thoughts of Steve Ballmer.
So what now? More “me too” fake CEO blogs will continue to pop up, but this moment in time has passed and our interest in Fake Steve will be replaced by the next meme. As a friend posted on twitter earlier today, let’s hope that Mini-Microsoft isn’t next. In the future, let’s support anonymity for our favorite satirists, critics and whistleblowers on the web. Once their cover is blown, with it goes the thought provoking content that we’ve enjoyed so much.