Betsy Aoki's WebLog

Community Program Manager

Infographic of Microsoft Technologies

Loved this - found on Steve Clayton's Blog. Microsoft Technologies - An infographic by the team from...

Author: Betsy Date: 01/07/2013

Update on the treadmill desk: first day back after long absence

Hmm, well. I can say the Treadmill desk prompted me to lose 5 lbs in about as many weeks. That's the...

Author: Betsy Date: 04/09/2012

Blast from the past - the computers of 1985

A recent trip to visit my parents unearthed gems of a forgotten era. (Yes, I realize bowties are...

Author: Betsy Date: 03/26/2012

10 Observations of an Engineer on a PR team

I started writing these at the beginning of 2012, adding to them bit by bit as I looked back and...

Author: Betsy Date: 03/18/2012

Why hackathons are not nonsense - or how a short term art salon/NaNoWriMo is pragmatically useful

View from coffee line, rockstar TEDActive barista making my drink 2011 . You learn a lot by watching...

Author: Betsy Date: 02/26/2012

Standing desk to Treadmill desk - an experiment for the new year

If you've heard the media stories or are just on a nerd health kick for 2012 and want to know more...

Author: Betsy Date: 01/02/2012

Blog infidelity - sign of the times

I've spent a year being massively unfaithful to this blog. :( Last year (and to be fair the year...

Author: Betsy Date: 12/18/2011

BlogHer| bet - why Bing reaches out to startups, and why a conference like this is fun in general

Last Friday I had the privilege of both speaking and mentoring at the inaugural BlogHer | bet...

Author: Betsy Date: 03/28/2011

Twitter and Facebook ate my blog (or possibly my brain)

I'm writing this from a skyscraper with a big window where I see exactly no snow falling, despite...

Author: Betsy Date: 02/23/2011

Every kid deserves a great education

Now that some of the launch madness of www.bing.com/redu (aka www.letsredu.com) is over, I'd like to...

Author: Betsy Date: 09/09/2010

In the summer that struggles to arrive, I struggle to blog

A lot of people I ran into this past 12 months talked about it - the great blogging struggle. Some...

Author: Betsy Date: 07/20/2010

Ada Lovelace Day 2010: In honor of my mom of science

When I signed up to do this Ada Lovelace thing, I knew I'd have a few options on my hands. I could...

Author: Betsy Date: 03/21/2010

Notes from my PRMKTNG Camp group on social media and storytelling

I was privileged enough to act as one of the "camp counselors" yesterday at the PR+MKTG Camp hosted...

Author: Betsy Date: 03/04/2010

On Love: View from the Chicken Coop

Ok, both Tara Hunt and Mona Nomura have taken up the tricky topic of “love and greatness” and now...

Author: Betsy Date: 02/23/2010

TEDActive was a different kind of conference

TEDActive was a different kind of conference for me ( though similar to other technical conferences...

Author: Betsy Date: 02/14/2010

Going to TEDActive

TEDActive is not actually the first conference of my year - CES was, and while I tweeted a lot about...

Author: Betsy Date: 02/07/2010

Uncompromising customer service = Bliss (Soaps)

So, folks who have followed this blog know that I know how to make bath bombs (or fizzes), have...

Author: Betsy Date: 12/19/2009

Giving a 5 minute talk at the Kodak Theater (140 Characters Conference)

Doing the Ignite presentation and chatting a little bit with Scott Berkun (who has a book coming out...

Author: Betsy Date: 11/06/2009

Giving an Ignite Presentation - What I learned at Gnomedex 2009

Note: All photos this page Randy Stewart, blog.stewtopia.com I am grateful to Brady Forrest of...

Author: Betsy Date: 08/24/2009

Blogher09 - the evolution of a conference

Coming back from Chicago inundated me with work, and so I'll admit to only lately becoming aware of...

Author: Betsy Date: 07/29/2009

Brands Gone Wild - Bing & other brands at Blogher 2009 (Part 2)

As an experiment, for most of the Blogher 2009 conference (except when I worked out in the gym), I...

Author: Betsy Date: 07/26/2009

Bing at Blogher 2009 (aka #blogher09): Part One

I'm writing this in the Chicago airport in the familiar happy post-conference exhaustion. Unlike my...

Author: Betsy Date: 07/26/2009

Transparency is good, but not a replacement for the "old objectivity"

I was a newspaper reporter before I went into Web technology as a profession, and well before...

Author: Betsy Date: 07/19/2009

bing.com and a decent shot of courage

I haven't written much lately because I've pulled some weird stunts, like stay awake 26 hours and...

Author: Betsy Date: 06/04/2009

Community tip of the day: Give the props to people who have helped you

Recently, in the process of promoting Will Code for Green, our killer Live Search API contest that...

Author: Betsy Date: 05/12/2009

Tips on personal brand as it pertains to painting your shoes

I was going to write a long post about personal brand, and how I don’t really believe in it as a...

Author: Betsy Date: 05/10/2009

Foo Camp East: Some tips for survival and what I presented

This blog post is a combo conference narrative and a summary of my presentation. Because so much of...

Author: Betsy Date: 03/31/2009

Boston in the Springtime: Foo Camp East

Well, I admit it; I've been textually unfaithful. I've blogged in everyone's blog but my own (Live...

Author: Betsy Date: 03/26/2009

Heading to Texas and South by Southwest, but leaving the black Stetson behind

Last time I was in Texas, I bought a cowboy hat outside of San Antonio. It was a real Stetson, would...

Author: Betsy Date: 03/08/2009

So, I've done many awkward things in my bespeckled and bespectacled community career. I've worn...

Author: Betsy Date: 02/26/2009

Leaving Xbox ...going to Live Search and MSN (Online Services)

A job where they had free beer on Fridays. Free video games handed out by our administrative...

Author: Betsy Date: 02/16/2009

Community Tip of the Day: Send A Latte of Human Kindness

Ah community. Where the seething hordes of imbeciles and bad spellers heckle the makers of perfect...

Author: Betsy Date: 01/12/2009

Community Tip of the Day: The Atreides Bought Loyalty with Loyalty

Warning: this is one of those Betsy posts where I combine a lot of disparate points. :) One of my...

Author: Betsy Date: 01/09/2009

Community Tip of the Day: New Year's Resolutions

  1. Blog more. Try not to suck. 2. Come up with a phrase that is a counterpart (but not the opposite)...

Author: Betsy Date: 01/06/2009

Washington State Dept of Transportation on Twitter - nice job!

By now you've seen the photo of the overhanging buses, heard the mockery of Fargo, for the Redmond...

Author: Betsy Date: 12/24/2008

Stir Crazy in the Snow? Want to get yer game on where the price is right?

....I think it's time to play all those community games I've been promising myself. The holiday...

Author: Betsy Date: 12/22/2008

Community Tip of the Day: Building Community from Scratch

In the last community tip of the day I talked about moderation - that is, the ability to undo,...

Author: Betsy Date: 12/07/2008

Community Tip of the Day: Write from your best place (or sing, or dance)

Where do you begin when you show people who you are? In a previous post I mentioned briefly how...

Author: Betsy Date: 11/21/2008

Community Tip of the Day: Everything in Moderation

Let's face it; everyone in America loves, but not in moderation. Fame? More of that. Money? Second...

Author: Betsy Date: 11/21/2008

Community Tip of the Day: Commanding Presence

One amazing thing about the Internet is that no one knows you are a dog. More than that, you can...

Author: Betsy Date: 11/16/2008

Community Tip of the Day: Little Emails Move Big Mountains

A few weeks ago I was in Las Vegas (Vegas BABY!) speaking at a CEA Industry Forum panel on Web 2.0...

Author: Betsy Date: 11/05/2008

Creators.xna.com - open for your XNA games!

Launch day! Everyone here in cubeland is drinking coffee, a bit foggy, and eating the breakfast sent...

Author: Betsy Date: 10/30/2008

XNA Community Games on Major Nelson!

Kathleen Sanders has that video poise I wish I had through my Channel 9/10 appearances and she does...

Author: Betsy Date: 10/18/2008

Heads down, community word up

My headspace is with the rest of the XNA community games team, rather heads-down at the moment with...

Author: Betsy Date: 10/16/2008

XNA Game Studio 3.0 beta is now available for download!

The framework and tools team has been hauling A over the last few months to get this to you and they...

Author: Betsy Date: 09/17/2008

Gnomedex 2008 Wrapup

I was trying to describe Gnomedex to my teammates at lunch and realized a few things: - most folks...

Author: Betsy Date: 08/25/2008

Ignition & nuclear reactors: Gnomedex day 2

Gnomedex isn't over today, but I've been having some observations I'd like to indulge in.... The...

Author: Betsy Date: 08/23/2008

Dancing at Gnomedex : Day 1

Gnomedex is a very different blogging conference from others I've been to. The closest I can come to...

Author: Betsy Date: 08/22/2008

Gnomedex 2008

After a sequence of extremely fortunate events, I will be able to attend Gnomedex this year for the...

Author: Betsy Date: 08/21/2008

Plucky, passionate people who ship software the second time around

Sometimes blog posts from other people just combine in my head. I was reading Rory Blyth's Are You...

Author: Betsy Date: 08/06/2008

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