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Reflections regarding the intersection of community and technology, broadly defined. A pit stop on the way to the next phase of Microsoft community solutions

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  • Blog Post: Recent Numbers from Beta Blogs and Forums

    This is just a quickie post about some updated numbers (as of May 22, 2007): 56 beta blogs 66 beta blog posts 436 beta forum messages Way to go team! Live blogs, live forums, live content! Yay :-) I realize when compared to all the blogs and forum messages out there, this is but a small drop...
  • Blog Post: What exactly do we mean by "beta"?

    In light of some of the responses I've been seeing on the forums , I wanted to clarify what exactly we mean by "beta." Admittedly, it is a loaded term. Depending on your perspective, "beta" might refer to something that is pretty polished but needs some testing to identify basic bugs and such (this...
  • Blog Post: Blogging as transformational

    Gerald Kanapathy's recent post on successful blogging points towards Microsoft as one company that has been transformed by blogging. Specifically he talks about how blogs "opened up Microsoft" and goes on to say how "it's now amazingly open and responsive." While great as that sounds, I'd have to...
  • Blog Post: pit stop on the way to Microsoft.community

    it seems some folks are pointing to this blog , and this blog for my thoughts on Microsoft.community. what to do, what to do? as neither of these will likely be my final home, I suppose the logical thing to do at this point is to cross-post relevant messages. When we are ready to role out a new site...
  • Blog Post: Looking ahead to a beta communities refresh

    A little over a month ago, we pulled the curtain away and invited you to take a look at the work beng done on the next version of Microsoft blogs and forums. Additionally, we showed off a revamped version of tagspace , our social bookmarking and tagging solution. We received a good deal of feedback over...
  • Blog Post: Introducing beta Microsoft blogs and forums

    Last night, we announced the beta of several Microsoft community solutions. Thanks to everyone who's helped make this possible! For information on the new blogging solution: here's a text overview here's what's ahead here's a little tutorial on commenting to a blog post ( wvx , soapbox ) As for...
  • Blog Post: xClaims in beta blogs and forums

    You've heard Korby talk a lot about xClaims and how they help not only authors like myself determine the lenses through which people evaluate my content contributions, but also how xClaims help readers like you determine the credibility of folks like me. Well, enough talk. Let's start putting all...
  • Blog Post: Mini-refresh for Microsoft Beta Communities

    Woohoo! We just finished up a mini refresh of the beta community offerings including blogs, forums, tagspace and now claimspace. Way to go everyone! In terms of the specifics of what's new… New features in the June 2007 refresh of Beta Blogs xClaim integration Preview a blog post before posting...
  • Blog Post: Beta Blogs and Forums -- post launch notes 070420

    Just a quick little update on where we stand a few days following our announcement of the beta. 1) beta means different things to different people. this probably goes without saying, but suffice to say, the "beta" messaging has caused confusion exhibit a user response -- that's it? what about feature...
  • Blog Post: Newspapers opening up blogging to the masses?

    I read via Influx Insights that The Telegraph is going to be hosting blogs for it's readers. Like Influx, I find this to be a rather interesting development. In many ways, this seems like a natural evolution of people identifying themselves with a particular brand they trust. Of course, there is the...
  • Blog Post: Blogs -- a look back as we look ahead

    I sat down recently with Chris Anderson , one of the early Microsoft bloggers, credited for creating an early blog solution -- BlogX . That was back in the day when a *real* blogger would write their own blog solution, according to Chris. For me, hearing his stories was very enlightening. Talking...