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  • Blog Post: Community vs. Marketing, MVPs, and B2TR

    Since much of my work with the SharePoint community is externally facing, many of my colleagues don’t have any visibility to the things that I do as part of my job. So, it wasn’t too surprising that one of them recently asked me, “Hey, you’re a technical marketing guy by title, but you’re a community...
  • Blog Post: Conceptualizing the CKS: Blog Site Edition

    After I posted my previous entry about “ Associating multiple categories in a SharePoint blog ,” I started to wonder what else people would do almost immediately after creating a site with SharePoint 2007’s Blog site template (see screenshot below), but then I got busy with other things. That...
  • Blog Post: Social networking is hot, hot, hot!

    Wallop launched its private beta this morning, and the blogosphere is yet again abuzz with excitement about social networking. My fellow MS blogger, Don Dodge, provided a good summary of Wallop. By pure coincidence, Wallop’s Web Operations Manager is a good ol’ buddy of mine, so I got an e-invite from...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the SharePoint Team Blog!

    A couple of other bloggers have already discovered it, but we launched the SharePoint Team Blog in stealth mode this past Monday. The first entry was posted by Kurt Delbene , Corporate VP of the Office Servers product group, and a second entry was just posted this morning by Jeff Teper, General Manager...
  • Blog Post: New public newsgroups for SharePoint peer-to-peer Q&A and discussion

    [Update 06/19/2006: the newsgroups below are now reflected on the SharePoint Community home page as well as the Microsoft Discussion Groups home page , so people who are just joining the community will be able to find and interact with the new newsgroups much more easily.] The process has taken...
  • Blog Post: Insightful and thought provoking commentary about online communities

    Some people have told me that I have a tendency to talk about online communities and social networking with such zeal that it sounds a bit like hype, which is why I feel very fortunate to have recently discovered someone who can convey the importance and impact of these phenomena so much more eloquently...
  • Blog Post: Back in the saddle…

    Wow, it's been over a month since my last post, and yes, I do have an excuse this time. I took a week off around July 4th and was completely "off the grid" (no cell phone, no computer, nothing). I really enjoyed the time off, and so did my family! However, I didn't enjoy having to get through about 1...
  • Blog Post: Video interview of SharePoint Wikis/Blogs/RSS Program Managers now on Channel 9

    This video was done over a month ago, but it got held up in the queue since Scoble decided to leave Microsoft and had a ton of stuff to transition to the rest of his team. Anyway, the video is here on Channel9. One of the key issues that might not have been emphasized strongly enough in the video...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Community Development Initiative

    One of the best parts about my job (actually, it’s all good!) is my responsibility for (both online and offline) community development. Much of what I’ve been doing related to communities over the past few months has been transitioning (from Arpan ), nurturing (keeping the momentum going), assessing...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for the SharePoint Community Advancement Initiative

    Note to self: Remember to read Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint before preparing for my exec review of my SharePoint Community Advancement Initiative in the next few weeks. That’s right, I’ve renamed it from “Development” to “Advancement” because quite frankly, that’s what the current community...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Community Kit now live on CodePlex

    I’ve been dreaming (and done lots of thinking and talking – mostly internally at Microsoft and with the SharePoint MVPs) about this for the past several months, so it’s immensely gratifying for me to see the project finally on CodePlex (at http://www.codeplex.com/Wiki/View.aspx?ProjectName=SCK ). Of...
  • Blog Post: Associating multiple categories in a SharePoint blog

    The blog application that is created with WSS V3’s Blog site template is limited to just one category per post. How to customize it to support multiple categories per post has become an FAQ, so here’s a series of screenshot snippets that shows just how easy it is to customize the SharePoint blog to do...
  • Blog Post: A best practice for team based blogging

    The SharePoint Team Blog just keeps getting better as the number and technical depth of posts increases. Jon Kauffman’s recent couple of posts is an excellent example of why so many Microsoft blogs have become so popular – they provide an insider’s look into how products that will be used by millions...
  • Blog Post: WSS 3.0's suboptimal support for anonymous access scenarios

    I knew that by using WSS 3.0 to host the SharePoint Community Champions team site , I would run into scenarios that would challenge some of the design assumptions that went into the development of the out-of-the-box webparts in SharePoint. In particular, I have not been able to configure the Survey webpart...
  • Blog Post: Back from TechEd, happy Father’s Day, and a teaser about the SharePoint Community Kit

    Father’s Day is my favorite day of the year – better than Christmas or even my birthday. Unlike Christmas, Father’s Day is all about me, and unlike my birthday, it always lands on a Sunday, which means I never have to worry about taking a day off. It’s the one day out of the whole year when I can sleep...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Community Champions team site finally goes live

    Now that our Internet facing “dogfood” infrastructure has been upgraded to WSS 3.0, I can finally launch to the SharePoint Community Champions team site. The URL is http://sharepointchamps.officeisp.net . I am very disappointed (mostly in myself) that it has taken almost 4 months since I had posted this...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 video of the SharePoint GPMs .. and me

    The C9 video of the SharePoint Group Program Managers that I mentioned in my previous post is now online at http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=196522 . Although I’m sure that you’d enjoy the entire 55 minute video, here are some timestops for you to jump around within the video in case you...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the SharePoint Community Champions Program

    [ Update: Yikes! Several people have informed me that my SharePoint Community side meetings conflict with my colleague, Mike Fitzmaurice ’s sessions on Windows SharePoint Servers V3 Overview and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Overview, which are expected to be standing room only. Doh! This is...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft "Live Search" and a couple of other very cool things

    At the CEO Summit yesterday, Microsoft’s end-to-end search strategy was announced as “ Live Search ” (which I really like), and three new products were formally announced: Windows Live Search on the Desktop (I’m indifferent about the name): Helps you find precisely the file or information you’re...
  • Blog Post: Update on community activities

    I’ve been extremely busy at work, which is the primary reason why I haven’t posted anything here for almost a whole month, I’m attending the SharePoint Conference this week, and this morning I saw Bill Gates talking excitedly about one of my favorite features of MOSS 2007 – the Business Data Catalog...
  • Blog Post: 4 new screencast-based demos for MOSS; more hints about SharePointPedia

    Personally, I believe that screencasts will quickly become the de facto way for many people to learn how to use a new piece of software like Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. In today’s fast paced, YouTube crazed world, it’s often times more efficient and almost always more effective to learn...