It’s funny how micro-focused I can get. I am continually reminded of how much I live in a bubble world, and it’s always nice to have that bubble popped.
Working in technology, I tend to assume that other people are geeky like me. They have Tivo, broadband, Macs, iPhones, blogs, hundreds of “friends” on Facebook/Twitter/network du jour. They know all about the stuff I live and breath every day, e.g. I’m shocked that dial-up is the only Interwebs available to some people and that dial-up is still a viable business model.
I’m feeling lucky that I haven’t gotten any Scoble stuff in my feed yet. What’s the big deal with Robert, anyway? I hear about him but don’t know why.
It’s impossible to emote sarcasm efficiently online, but this struck me as odd. How can anyone online not know who Robert Scoble is? Especially someone with a blog. Oh wait, I live in a New Web bubble or echo chamber, take your pick, so I assume that he’s known to everyone. Then, I struggled to explain who he is and why he’s an influencer, an even sadder reflection on my bubble. This reminds me of a favorite story about Dave, the gangster, which I’ll happily tell you over drinks but not here.
The Ontario Emperor has some thoughts about Scoble, who could be the ultimate beta-tester. Maybe a product can’t leave beta until Scoble joins it and brings his entire network along. If this is true, expect to see GMail exit beta soon, after how many years.
I met Scoble in person at Lunch 2.0 at Oracle. He’s very personable, knowledgeable, and you can tell he loves his work. And his fame, not that there’s anything wrong with that. He lives in the open, and I have to credit him for having the thickest skin of anyone online.
Anyway, fodder for the coolest day on the calendar. Protip, explaining why a child’s birthday does not appear on the calendar every year is difficult. Do not attempt.