April 17, 2007

history of my blog


[Click on image to enlarge etc. Inspired by Robert Scoble's recent post.]

[UPDATE- Speaking of Twitter:] My take on the recent Edelman shitstorm? Steve apologised, and John accepted the apology. Errare humanem est. Move along folks, there's nothing more to see.

On a personal note, two thoughts:

1. Poor ol' Steve. We all say and do things we regret, however innocently, and the shitstorm builds into some huge monster beyond one's control. Anybody with a high-profile blog and a salaried day job will feel Steve's pain, because THEY KNOW it might be them next time.

2. As far as this particular shitstorm goes, I suspect it a lot of it is generated not by some allegedly heinous moral breach on Steve's part, but by a genuine [and mostly undisclosed] desire by other people to see him and his colleagues fail. I've been blogging long enough to be able to spot the vultures circling overhead.

[Bonus Link:] Edelman Europe's CEO David Brain tried out Twitter. Decided it wasn't for him.

[Disclosure: I have a relationship with Edelman, and consider them good friends of mine.]

Posted by hugh macleod at April 17, 2007 5:44 PM | TrackBack

Hugh, that's your best cartoon ever. Chortling here. Johnnie

Posted by: Johnnie Moore at April 17, 2007 7:24 PM

Hugh - This is solid work, per usual. You'll appreciate a cartoon I created about the Twitter craze awhile back:

Since then I've also started using it.

Posted by: Kevin Dugan at April 17, 2007 9:03 PM

You forgot: sex! sex! sex! disappointment! sex!

Posted by: Ariel Waldman at April 17, 2007 10:20 PM

hello my dear friend .
i am iranian and i love your cartoons .
god bless you .
hamed from iran - tehran

Posted by: hamed at April 17, 2007 11:04 PM

Tweet polluted blogs,
The curse of Twitter.

Posted by: Robin Capper at April 18, 2007 12:47 PM

The Cartoon ... BANG ON TARGET. I donno who is handling the PR & Marketing for Twitter, but they seem to be doing a pretty good job in making the right noise.

Posted by: Anand D at April 18, 2007 12:53 PM

I am with Johnnie. this is a stone cold total classic. i am printing it out for my gapingboard now.

Posted by: James Governor at April 18, 2007 1:26 PM

Unfortunately, any mistake -- no matter how big or small -- Rubel or Edelman makes, BC/AC at strumpette will jump on it. Wonder if Louderback's letter was his idea, or if the fine folks at strumpette suggested it?


Posted by: Mike Driehorst at April 18, 2007 3:01 PM

Hugh - I totally agree that everyone needs to move on. This was a playground foul, and nothing more.

What I *do* see happening is a crap-slinging contest in the comments section, where the extremes are waging jihad over openness in communications.

Is it the "Right-thinking transparency evangelists" versus the Luddites? Or is it the "sensible businessmen with fiduciary responsibility" versus the loony Commie hipsters?

Well, it's both. And it's a shame that Rubel and Louderback are being dragged into this ongoing conflict. I only wish this had happened in March, so for April Fools Day I could have bought a LouderRubel t-shirt from Josh Hallett.

Posted by: Ike at April 18, 2007 3:32 PM

Love ya Hugh, but you're wrong on this.

Posted by: Jeremy Pepper at April 18, 2007 5:28 PM

I don't really get twitter. However, I think it would make a great porn parody ... I'm inspired.

Posted by: Manola Marketblanik at April 18, 2007 6:00 PM

Thanks for the cartoon Hugh, it made me smile. A lot!

Posted by: Tony C at April 19, 2007 1:46 PM

I`m a great fan of you and your cartoons. You always make me smile an acid smile ;). You are so deep and clear in ideas of marketing/creativity/business world.
Regards from Perú

Dont tell me you have a twitter

Posted by: Victor P. at May 31, 2007 1:25 AM