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11:05:25 AM

I mentioned this Siliicon Valley Watcher post about IBM's blogging initiative a couple of days ago, but didn't comment on it. Figured I'd give Ed a chance first. Now that he has (and so has Scoble for that matter), I'll weigh in.

This is a good thing. Of course, we know that Ed has not alone by any means, quite a few IBMers have been blogging on DeveloperWorks for a while -- and that's just the "official" blogs. Note that Ed's isn't listed there.. Also, some IBM engineers like 'Bob have been maintaining personal blogs. In blogging for evangelism, however, Microsoft is way ahead. Ed and Alan are shining examples, and the huge Lotus community does it's part, too, but more is needed.

There is something in this story that I find disconcerting, though. Or amusing. I'm not sure what to make of it, actually: Wikis displacing Excel spreadsheets. What's that about? Did some IBM PR guy decide that this was important to mention when the news was released (or leaked, as it seems to have been) in order to make sure that Wikis were aligned with something that Fortune 1000 execs think that their businesses can't do without? Was this mention dropped into the story in order to pre-emptively counter the thought that Wikis are competition for Notes and Domino?

Wikis are cool, but they don't do sums and averages so they don't displace the primary use of Excel by the typical middle manager They don't provide tabular layout, so they don't displace the primary use of Excel by the typical senior executive. Wikis do collaboration in almost but not exactly the same way that Excel doesn't. So how exactly are Wikis displacing Excel?

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1. Nathan T. Freeman05/16/2005 04:23:06 AM

"Wikis do collaboration in almost but not exactly the same way that Excel doesn't."

LOL. They're almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.

Share and enjoy.

2. Richard Schwartz05/16/2005 06:14:06 PM

I had a cup of something hey said was tea yesterday morning but was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea. That must have been what inspired me


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