I was really happy to read the news about Jonathon Schwartz (President and COO of Sun Microsystems) starting his weblog. The thought of getting semi-filtered thoughts from a high-level executive in an more open way is refreshing.
But then I actually read his first post and tried to evaluate his weblog based on what he said:
What's a blog? It's basically an on-line journal - a whitespace - that updates from the top (most recent posts appear first) into which I can offer perspectives, opinions, and insights, and I can link to others and their views, etc. Others can link to me and send me feedback, creating a massively connected community and open dialog.
Weird. I expected him to write "post feedback" instead of "send me feeback" but now I see why. There's no commenting allowed on his weblog. What, we're all supposed to mail privately? How is that "massively connected" and "open"?
Third, to get unfiltered feedback from the community. If you want to reach me, I'm "jonathan.i.schwartz at sun.com". I promise to read it all, but please don't count on responses (I'm a bit deluged already).
Yup, that's right. Just email him. He gets the unfiltered feedback, but we don't.
Okay, so maybe I can write something on my weblog (like this post) and you'll see the Trackback link on his post?
No trackbacks either.
Mr. Schwartz, please don't treat your weblog like Java. In a truly open community, we comment on each other's posts, cross-link, and honor Trackback requests.
Blogging is a two way street. What you have feels like half a weblog. Please, go all the way.
I guess I should post this and then e-mail him a note to say "read this post" or something. Grr.
Posted by jzawodn at July 01, 2004 05:49 PM