One of my tenets of good blogging is
Be more competitive by being less competitive.
A great example came in this morning from my good friend Jaime Cardoso. He couldn’t make it to JavaOne because he had more important things to do (like getting married. It was great fun hinting at news he missed from JavaOne when i took him and his beautiful wife Luz to dinner at my fave local restaurant, Saint John’s Bread and Wine, on the second week of their honeymoon. i was eking out the details, lots of nods and winks. geek.)
So here is a Sun reseller in Portugal pointing to a JavaOne presentation on Jini and RFID by another Sun reseller, Bruno Antunes.
In my opinion such a move instantly increases Jaime’s credibility. He is not afraid to point to the competion. Meanwhile though he wants more attention from Sun on the Portuguese market, and the post has obvious tide-raising potential. So its all good. But its definitely not business as usual. Saying nice things about the competition? Eek. I thought the 90s put paid to that…
Scoble offers daily examples of being more competitive by being less competitive. For every coolaid drinking exercise, there is another pointer from him that could get someone severely reprimanded at another company. Here’s a pointer from Scoble to what’s wrong with Sharepoint.
The Sharepoint post looks at first like its all critique but it also attracts requirements via comments, which could help product planning. If the Sharepoint folks have the right mindset they can benefit from the two and fro.
I actually enjoy a good product “food fight” once in a while. It shakes everyone up and I learn a lot about how people perceive themselves and the product they use. I’ve learned more about Sharepoint this weekend than I have in a long time.
Its no good just rubbishing or ignoring the competition. you have to engage with it. We need to share and spread links and create clusters based on ideas, geographies and other tagsonomies.
I should point out that Scoble suggested we refer to the competition in reasonable terms a while ago: i would say doing so is more important than number 18… It’s also not just a question of being nice to the competition, but rather providing context for your reader. Talking in a vacuum is kind of hard, and even if you could, noone would hear you.
Talking of rising tides it seems some people are increasingly pissed off by what they see as the high-handedness of the Technocrati. The folks at the top, so the argument goes, are pulling their ladders up behind them; they aren’t linking or aknowledging others that have spoken to a subject. A-listers are arrogant.
That’s what stars are and do, isn’t it? You think Mariah Carey would behave the way she does if she worked in a burger bar in Queens?
Rather than whine about the A-list (sometimes i wanna), I would just say lets keep encouraging them to link and play nicely with others. Reward good behaviour. Help them to be more competitive by being less competitive. Link to others that have a strong story to tell. Dont just link to an A-lister in the “vain” hope they link back. Link to them because they have a good idea or argument you want to reference. This is thlinking. Reward thlinky people.
But if the A-list get star treatment isn’t that life? They are arbiters of attention.
Superstar DJs travel first class.
[As a point of disclosure I should say some A-listers have linked to me from time to time.]
[Another point of clarification. After i came up with thlinking i did some background and found out that someone else got there first, a full four years earlier. Wouldn't you know it was an A-lister. Step forward Mr Searls. And PLEASE go full text.]