In the ocean of media that we live in, what we think of as 'life' may already just be a series of 'media interrupts.'
In the year and a half that I spent with the US Navy's Underwater Demolition Team 13, in 1969-70, I spent far less time each day immersed in water than I now spend immersed in media. So do you, unless you happen to be related to Aquaman.
Launch. Now. Tomorrow. Every day. Don't wait until its perfect to put it out in the open. No more closed invite-only betas. Your idea of perfect may not jive with your users' ideas of perfect. Put whatever you can out there and get people using it as soon as possible. Feed them daily with new features to keep them interested and coming back. No one likes waiting six years for new releases.
Look mom! My first blog entry. I have always (and consciously) opted not to blog (aside: which is kind of interesting in itself, as the ECMS solution my company develops provides a perfect platform for blogging) …because after spending 10-12 hours a day staring into this “window” …I need/want/like to spend some time with the love of my life, sans the electronic gadget-based asynchronous communication. Direct eye contact, candlelight, and a bottle of exquisite red wine are so much more pleasurable don't you think? BTW, thanks for the invite you guys (Chris & RB) ..
Things happen because people connect. Or fail to. Luck plays a role, of course, whatever we mean by "luck," exactly. It seems to involve people connecting. Which, as luck would have it, is what this site is all about.
As everything seems to depend on people, I want to kick this off in a very personal way, telling you a bit about myself and some of the people I've met along the way. My name is Chris Locke. There's a bio around here somewhere, but never mind that for now. Instead, I want to tell you a story about how I ended up writing this blog. It may say more about what I think I'm doing here than a more abstract, i.e., people-less, form of explanation. At least that's the plan. The only way to connect with you, Valued Reader, is to risk failing altogether.
Hi, my name is Chris Locke, and it is your misfortune that I'll be your host here on this Net² blog. Although there are many things to talk about as we bring this thing up -- "we" because there's a kickass team working flat-out behind the scenes -- I guess I should first introduce myself and say a bit about why I'm doing this. It's a long story, but I'll try to keep it brief. For now.
At the end of your rope with clueless managers demanding unreasonable deliverables in ridiculous timeframes? You are not alone, Fearless Hacker! Maybe it's time to put your skills to work part-time for people who will truly appreciate your efforts.
The recent tsunami and hurricane Katrina have heightened awareness of the need to assist nonprofit orgs that are delivering help to the people who most need it -- without the red tape and delays that can beset larger, better-funded projects. And open-source professionals (that's you) are plugging into these sorts of initiatives in unprecedented numbers. Here's a handful of examples...