We really enjoy Marco Arment’s blog and the links he posts and comments on. And we recently read his post, “We’re Just Flipping Through Index Cards”, with a reference to a podcast interview John Roderick by Myke Hurley that got us thinking. John is talking about the music industry, and Marco is talking about the app store. But a lot of it rings true for enterprise IT, too.
Tom Hollingsworth is now part of the Foskett Services team. He’ll be helping out with all sorts of activities, from GestaltIT.com to Tech Field Day to writing and speaking projects. He’s got the skills to do just about everything, and we intend to give him the opportunity to become “more”, as he so eloquently put it.
Tech Field Day is a challenging event for the presenters, the delegates, and the audience. The conversations are usually highly technical, diving deeper and lasting longer than most enterprise IT videos. The fact that our viewership is so high makes us beam with pride: We must be doing something right!
Twitter can be confusing for the uninitiated, and the fact that there are effectively four different ways of viewing it certainly contributes. Although the main Twitter stream seems like a unified set of short messages, clients view it in very different ways.
It can be difficult to start using Twitter, since you must decide who to follow and it will take some time before people follow you back, let alone interact with you. Imagine yourself walking into a room full of interesting people, all having conversations with each other. Do you expect everyone to notice that you have arrived, stop what they’re doing, and greet you warmly? Or do you expect that you will need to find someone interesting and join their conversation?
When you create a Twitter account, you will be asked to enter some profile information, including your name, URL, description, and photo. All of these are critically important: Many people will look at them to decide whether they want to follow you. If you have not set these up, other Twitter users likely will ignore you!
The most important concept to grasp is the fundamental nature of Twitter: It is an ongoing, global, democratic conversation. It is not a blog, USENET, Facebook or MySpace, or an instant message platform, though it does have certain elements of all of those. Let’s take a look at these elements in a little more depth.
Foskett Services is working with SolarWinds to bring new energy into the Thwack user forum. The newly created Thwack Ambassador program brings key thought leaders to the website to share their insights and concerns. Each month, a new Ambassador will be assigned to a section of the forum.
Stephen Foskett, founder and principal at Foskett Services, has been recognized by Microsoft and VMware for outstanding contributions to the technical community. The companies today notified him that he has received the MVP and vExpert awards for 2011. This is Foskett’s fourth consecutive Microsoft MVP award, as well as his second VMware vExpert award in a row.
Foskett Services Principal, Stephen Foskett, has been announced as a featured speaker at TechTarget’s Storage Decisions conference to be held in Chicago on June 21. Foskett will speak about data reduction for primary storage and storage virtualization at the general conference, and will present a special dinner session on managing data growth.