Microsoft Community Applications and Services: The Next Wave

We hear a lot of feedback about how the forums and blogs should work.  And I mean A LOT.  Whether it’s internal or external, people always have opinions about how to make them better. I prefer to think that the feedback is proof of how valuable these services are and that we have a responsibility to…

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An Ode To GotDotNet

About two years ago, I stepped into this role with a primary responsibility being to help get GotDotNet back on its feet.  As the first Microsoft community for .NET, GDN held a dear place in the hearts of many.  However, it had clearly fallen on hard times and there was a strong proposal to end…

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Oh Boise! My Second Code Camp

Last weekend, four developers from my team and I headed over to Boise, Idaho for my second code camp. Having never been to Boise, I was almost more curious about the town than the Code Camp itself. After all, my image of Idaho was rural farmland, potatoes, and, well, potatoes. Granted, that isn’t very worldly…

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Intrapreneurship and the Innovator’s Dilemma

Has anyone else noticed how much the word “innovation” gets tossed around lately.  I think it has always been important in the technology industry where it is seen as the holy grail.  We all aspire to be innovative and be called innovative.  Personally, I’ve tried to stray from the word a little bit because it’s like one of…

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Tag, You’re It!

Bob Rebholz, our resident Group Product Manager and all-around sharp guy, just got back from the Web 2.0 conference.  When he mentioned he was going down there, I had little idea about the magnitude of the conference.  Silly me–it seems everyone was there and they all had their plans for how the new web was…

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Open letter to SteveB – Privatize Microsoft!

(NOTE: I am not affiliated with the people who make these decisions, so please don’t assume there’s any insider info here–just one guy with one ‘wacky’ idea speaking his peace and throwing out some food for thought) Dear Steve, I see you’ve made your way down to Wall Street to woo the instituational investors.  Hmm,…

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Bob & Yag come to MSCOM

For all the good and bad about Microsoft, the most important part of anyone’s experience is the set of people you work with and for.  Are they passionate, excited, and convinced they can change the world?  Do they have that contagious enthusiasm that brings everyone’s performance up a notch?  In sports, there’s a way of…

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Now I have a Microsoft Cube to go along with my Apple Cube

I just saw this post from Korby Parnell about getting the famous Microsoft “Patent Cube”.  As Korby mentioned, I too received a Cube. He even referred to me as his “co-conspirator”–I think I like that term and I’ve certainly been called worse. 🙂 Korby also mentioned that we also get a copy of the front…

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Forums, Community Code, and The "Tyranny of Or"

I really love our Forums.  Any community is subject to Metcalfe’s Law where the power of the network is proportional to the # of users.  Forums is still in its infancy and with the recent development of the community answering more q’s than Microsoft full-time employees, I think we’ve hit a possible tipping point where the…

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Communities and the stickiness of Q&A vs. T&O

So Josh Ledgard and I have been having a discussion around what makes a sticky community experience.  He recently blogged about it and the stickiness of forums.msdn.com and how I (perhaps amongst others–he mentioned “people” but he may be trying to protect me by implying there are others 🙂 ) suggested that Forums wasn’t a sticky…

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