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Since a couple of people have asked about it, I’ve already written a blog response to Scoble’s WP RSS post here. Part of it was definitely our fault, related to a web server problem and the datacenter move. (LiteSpeed has already released a new version that fixes the bug.)

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Give him a break, Matt; he gets paid to say that stuff. He came in to give a critique and by posting follow-ups, you simply echo unjustifiable rants. A couple of days ago I sent Scoble an E-mail and got a disappointing reply; both of which I can post verbatim

Me:

You are of course aware that you run your blog on Linux while
evangelizing Windows. Hypocrisy?

Robert:

No.

An evangelist must be credible if he wants to be listened to.

The only way to be credible is to actually use other methodologies and
products.

You must have evangelism confused with marketing. The two are not the
same.

Robert Scoble

Rather than being critical of Open Source or PHP/mySQL, he implicitly revealed devious intentions. I am sorry I had to be this blunt, but the truth needed to be heard.

Roy,

I don’t see what it is about Robert’s reply that seems odd. The answer to your question (and the fact that he answered) point to a balanced, rational mind. As for hypocrisy, I am sure he uses a Windows desk/laptop (besides probably others). I am used to hearing the term hypocrisy used in conjuction with morals and virtues, or in the sense of someone being biased.
Saying Porsches are good and driving a Honda is not a hypocritical thing to do, for example.

Those who drive a Honda sometimes want the Porsche, which is less affordable. Contrariwise, Scoble opted for the free package and complained about what is an extremely powerful feature in WordPress. Is he complained about WordPress feeds, he could bash his wrath at anything. Owing to that, he loses credibility, if anything. Scoble@wordpress was a ticking bomb from day 1 and it exploded prematurely for all the wrong reasons. Like Matt said, WordPress is the Burger King of feeds and, trust me, I have come across very many alternatives.

As far as I’m concerned, this is a case where “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” holds true.

So Scoble ranted about some supposed funkiness with wordpress.com feeds. Big hairy freakin deal. These were minor complaints (despite his “I’ll take my toys and go home” threats). If he couldn’t find anything more important “wrong” with the service, then I’d say it’s doing things right.

The important thing is that his concerns were addressed very quickly. This is what reflects well on WordPress and on wordpress.com. People will see that and remember it.

I admit that I am an unabashed Scoble fan. Microsoft couldn’t possibly pay him enough for what he’s done for them. He wants things to be the best and he wants Microsoft to be the best that it can be, and I think that’s very clear if you read him for a while. He wasn’t the only one who complained about the shortcomings of TypePad, but his defection to WordPress is a blow to TypePad. Was it hypocritical that he also used TypePad instead of MSN? He is an 800-lb gorilla in the blogosphere, and he’s using WordPress. I think that rocks. And yeah, he couldn’t find anything else wrong with the service, but it’s not that he was looking for a fight, either. His influence is tremendous and his traffic is astronomical compared to most of us. If anyone was going to “break” something in WP, it would have been Scoble. To his credit, he has praised the WP team for their responsiveness. I don’t see how Scoble’s intentions are devious because he’s using the best blogging platform and it isn’t Microsoft. The world of business where you drink the kool-aid and trash your competition is over. Many people don’t understand that yet. You can tell who they are. They’re the ones who think Scoble should be reigned in.

Anyway, he’s helping Microsoft do what what Microsoft has always done best: enter the market late, slow, and inexorably. Like an 800-lb gorilla.

[…] A-List Microsoft Bloggers Move to WordPress (AUTOMATTIC) Ok so the headline is a little punchy/paunchy, given two people can’t really be a trend, but I wanted to call out that Kim Cameron, recently named Identity’s God, has moved to WordPress. This follows Scoble’s decision (which to my mind is choosing a great tool for the job rather than hypocrisy) to adopt the nifty open source blogging platform. Its surprising Microsoft doesn’t have a runner in this race (enterprise blogging) yet (don’t get me started on Spaces) but then again, the dirssruption has only just begun. Sun and IBM are now both now contributing to Roller, but using a range of platforms for publishing. One of the issues here is that companies are not yet mandating blogging platforms – bloggers tend to choose their own. That laissez faire attitude is likely to change in 2006 as corporations attempt to bring the unmanaged spaces of blogs back into the managed spaces fold: we’ll be talking blogs and digital restrictions management before you know it. We’re going to see the usual industry consolidation and blog platform players will need to establish new partnerships and go to market models. 2006 is the year when the tech leviathans will shift from using blogging to selling it. We should expect to see blogging and social software practices from the likes of Accenture and IGS, and clearer platform development and marketing from the ISV community. So what happens when Microsoft offers its own feed server or blogging server product? Do Kim and Scoble rehost again? I guess the choice is theirs. What about customers and prospects that expect dogfood eating? I don’t think Sharepoint meets feeds is a blogging platform any more than Lotus Domino is. To Scoble’s point: is Microsoft going to buy Newsgator or not? Its actually kind of weird they haven’t, what with the chance to control an API, and buy something already tightly integrated with Microsoft tooling. This acquisition would be about feed aggregating and reading rather than blog and feed serving. It wouldn’t provide a publishing platform, but publishing and subscribing are going to come together anyway in the longer term, through OPML and SSE, or ATOM. Oh yeah – what is the MSDN blogging engine, anyway? For now though, what great references for WordPress. Another lame prediction for 06: it will be a great year for WordPress, which may mean a bigger apartment for the guys at Automattic. Finally let me say the blog spam issue drives me crazy. If Movable Type doesn’t get its act together soon monkchips and tecosystems may be joining Kim and Scoble. We don’t care whether the tool is open source or not, we just want the best tool for the best cost. […]

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