Thanks for everybody who came. Lots of interesting folk there. The concensus seems to be that it went off successfully. Robert Scoble said it was by far the biggest geek dinner he'd ever been to, which I guess is saying something.
There's an old saying, "A host never enjoys his own party." As the organiser of the party, I can relate. I don't get to talk to anyone for nearly long enough. I was just rushing around, just trying to introduce myself to as many people as possible, trying to be as sociable as I could, making sure everyone was being looked after. It's not something I'm particularly good at, but I tried my best.
But it was great seeing seeing people again, and finally getting to meet a lot of bloggers for the first time, whose work I consider myself a fan of.
Robert made a great speech. During the question and answer session, the thought occurred to me... As someone who doesn't work for Microsoft, I tend to view what Robert's doing there in mainly external terms- how blogging affects the "Porous Membrane" between Microsoft and the outside world.
But of course, large companies have PLENTY of internal membranes as well. Though part of me has always suspected it to be the case, Robert's speech made it much clearer to me that Robert's work is changing Microsoft INTERNALLY is by far the bigger story.
Sure, we bloggers think the world of Robert and his work. But having talked to Robert, it seems a lot of people at Microsoft are far from happy.
Basically, the are seven layers of management between Bill Gates and Robert Scoble. Obviously he's being protected by upper levels. But what about the layers in between? Think of all the wee internal fiefdoms and hierachies Robert's work must be threatening.
I imagine trying to keep track of all the fiefdoms in a company the size of Microsoft is a bit like trying to keep track of pee in a swimming pool. That being said, I find the implications that a lowish-level employee can make such a huge, tangible difference to one of the largest companies in the world utterly staggering.
Don't you?Posted by hugh macleod at June 8, 2005 12:32 PM | TrackBack