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Reuters - Bill Gates Touts Blogging as Business Tool

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    lenn

    This week Microsoft is having its yearly CEO SUmmit in Redmond.  Bill Gates spent some time talking about the future today and spoke about the benefits Microsoft has reaped from Blogging and the value of RSS.

    Reuters reports on this here:

    http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=technologyNews&storyID=5210903

    Does your company allow blogging? Do your execs blog?  What benefits has it brought to your business?
    How have Microsoft's many bloggers made your life better as a developer?

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    Rolus

    Looks like Scoble will be visiting the House on the lake soon...

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    footballism

    well,Weblog is still new to me,but I have seen its potentials.blog is better than bbs,it's more easy to use from the visitors' standpoint.so I believe this kinda technology will definitely bloom in my country.

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    scobleizer

    Heh, I doubt it.

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    Jeremy W

    Let's be realistic. Until he starts blogging, this is just a little bit spouty. The talk was good, but his call to these CEO's to 'start blogging' rings a bit empty.

    I want to know the instant he starts blogging though. I'll be right there.

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    Frankie Fresh

    I don't think the world is ready for CEO's to start blogging. Blogging is a grassroots kind of movement and it has to be more prevalent than it is now. It's getting there, but we are not at critical mass yet.

    When CEO's blog, shareholders will listen and when shareholders listen, money is on the line.  And when there's cash on the table, the equation changes. The worst thing would be for CEO blogs to be another extension of the Press Release.  Press releases are by nature very corporate-speak.  Blogs are more about shooting from the hip.

    For all we know, he's already blogging under a  pseudonym. Wink

    To answer, one of the questions above, yes, MS developer bloggers have already helped me to do my job faster.  It's also a good thing to hear upcoming features, ideas, and design philosophies straight from the horses mouth.

    You'd get this sort of thing via other means, but this way there's no middleman to overhype, cloud, or confuse features.

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    Jeremy W

    I think that attitude is a touch elitist and protectionist. Blogging is a lot of things to a lot of people. If some of those people are CEO's bouncing ideas in PR speak off of customers, that can't be bad for the company, and I fail to see how it could negatively affect blogging. After all, if we can survive Bush blogging, surely we can survive Bill Gates Wink

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    Frankie Fresh

    I didn't intend to come off as elitist or protectionist. Smiley

    Some companies' management is less than eloquent. That's what I meant. A CEO could say something, well, stupid, and the stock price could tank.

    Do you know what I mean?

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    scobleizer

    Yeah, but that same CEO has plenty of opportunities to say stupid things. Gates is in front of people quite often. If he did a blog it would just be another way to talk to customers.

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    Jeremy W

    Exactly. A CEO is a public role. If your company has an idiot CEO, blogging won't make it any worse.

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    lars

    Uhm, does Bush count as a CEO? Smiley

    /Lars.

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    scobleizer

    Nah, but Mark Cuban does: http://www.blogmaverick.com/

    He's CEO of the Dallas Mavericks.

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    Frankie Fresh

    At least Marge Schott (spelled right?) doesnt have a blog. Wink She was another 'upstanding human being' who owned a professional sports team.  The Cincinatti Reds, if my memory serves me. For those not in the know, she was infamous for making a fool of herself publicly by offending virtually everybody.

    Then there's George Steinbrenner, who owns my favorite team, the Yankees. Before age mellowed him out, he let some real doozies come out of his mouth.

    I suppose blogging is another forum to share your thoughts, be they good, bad, stupid or brilliant.

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    SKG

    Which bring up my usual agruement-
    Should Blogs be anti-PC? or least protected under the the first admendment?

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    SKG

    Which bring up my usual agruement-
    Should Blogs be anti-PC? or least protected under the the first admendment?

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    Jaz

    we don't have the first admendment in the UK.  However i do feel that the whole internet should have freedom of speech and people should be protected to say what they wish,  There has to be a line drawn, beastiality, child pornography can't go on the internet and the authorities should have lots of power to close that sort of thing down, but the ability to say something should remain.

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