scooblog by josh ledgard

group manager | developer solutions | devdiv

Today is my last day at Microsoft

And this is likely to be the last post I make to this blog. By the time you read this I will have...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/25/2007

Align Right

For anyone that's just learning basic HTML. I suggest this tutorial......

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/12/2007

Random Tips on Interviewing for Microsoft

A co-worker recently asked me to share some tips on interviewing people at Microsoft. I wrote a few...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/12/2007

OCU2007 Notes: Establishing Culture and Guidelines in Community

There was a lot of good discussion in this one, but I tried taking notes on my windows mobile phone....

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/07/2007

OCU Notes: Increasing User Particpation in Online Communities

Incentives Influencer relationships such as the MVP program Connect them to your product teams so...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/06/2007

Ads in Online Communities Session at OCU 2007

Question: Should there be ads in the community? Some people don't care, some people are really...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/06/2007

Hello from the Online Community Unconference

I'm at the computer history museum in the valley attending the Online Community Unconference. I'll...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/06/2007

Merging Humans with Tools to Slow Down Trolls

This was a great read that I found through Seth Godin's blog. Troll whisperers aren't necessarily...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/15/2007

Curt Shilling - The Robert Scoble of Baseball?

You know, the person that everyone listens to, makes outlandish statements that may offend people on...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/09/2007

Car 1 : Carbon Bike 0 : Josh OK

I posted my experience being hit and run by a car yesterday on my personal blog. I'm posting the...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/04/2007

Tips on Motivating Your Team to Engage with Customers

I was on a thread where a dev lead asked if anyone had tips to share on motivating his team to...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/01/2007

Does Amazon Ship the Best Social Software on the Web?

Yes, Amazon has the best social software on the web. They've been quietly innovating for the last...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/24/2007

9 Challenges to Making Product Support Transparent

Your customers have greatly evolved since the previous internet bubble, while most company’s...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/11/2007

Overheard from the MVPS: More specific Feedback on Forums and Other channels

This is the last of the notes i took at the Summit that I was able to actually write down. On...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/11/2007

A reason for social mapping

Dare has one good point and one bad point about the new google mymaps feature that we've had for a...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/06/2007

Forget Fancy new Powerpoint Templates

I thought this was pretty cool.

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/06/2007

MVP Learnings: User Groups, Web Sites, and Feedback

User Groups We do great at participating in our conferences, but we don’t focus on the breadth of...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/05/2007

I spent a lot of time at the MVP summit this past year. My team doesn’t have any MVPs, but our work...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/05/2007

Customer Support in Communities; From 0 to 761 in a Year

Last week 761 developer customer questions were answered in our online communities by members of our...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/02/2007

Linkage: Microsoft and cool: so close yet so far :)

Source: The JobSyntax Blog : Microsoft and cool: so close yet so far :) Anyway, I love the end of...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/26/2007

Nothing to see here

Of course the following story would be comical if I could say that nothing like this ever happens...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/26/2007

Google makes your code prettier

Something I'd love to see Microsoft do more of is small, simple, solutions to annoying problems that...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/23/2007

Facilitate Knowledge Transfer in Online Communities

I'm often asked how products teams can best participate in their online communities. It would be...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/22/2007

Great tips on ramping up online user communities

There is truth in every recomendation from the following post. Source: Creating Passionate Users:...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/22/2007

Forums are now as simple as a widget

The interesting thing is that the same forum could be hosted in different widgets on different sites...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/21/2007

Viacom to YouTube: Zip It... Zip it good

I think the clip says it all, but incase it doesn't... NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media conglomerate...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/13/2007

Don't taunt happy fun ball

Or Wikipedia :-) The comments on all the linked entries are just comical all around.

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/12/2007

Meet up at the MVP Summit? Call Josh

I work on the Developer Division Customer connection team. I have no MVPs. There’s a bit of irony to...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/12/2007

Having an open mind towards leaks

Recently a blog post was made by a Microsoft employee who was excited about the new team he was...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/12/2007

Something you don't see everyday at Microsoft

Source: Sara Ford's WebLog : Influencing the Microsoft culture one open source presentation at a...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/09/2007

Strong free one two combination for creating localized applications

So you started your application and now realize you've hardcoded strings and you need to start...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/07/2007

Vista use is habit forming

Last night I sat down on my home PC and typed [windows-key] w-o-r [enter]. Nothing happened. This...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/07/2007

I started a personal blog

Blogs.msdn.com just doesn't seem like the place to post about cooking, the Red Sox, my kidmanals,...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/06/2007

A suggestion for online RSS feed readers

Read and display the comment count so I can see how many people have an opinion about the post.

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/06/2007

The problem with subscribing to guidance feeds

I think next-gen guidance is about bringing together a lot of key concepts: context-precision (using...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/05/2007

I guess they listened to Scoble

Went to check out the Google Reader. Loved the introduction and personal tour by the engineer on the...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/02/2007

A Reason Blogs Shouldn't Ship as Part of the MSDN Library

I'm not sure that the humor found here would translate well. Nevermind, I'd love to see what would...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/01/2007

It's a good sign when

A competitor starts copying our stuff. I saw it with Netscape before they lost market share and also...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/01/2007

Ebay Spam

I wonder what E-bay does to try and stop phishers from leaching off of their membership. Seems like...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/01/2007

Devdiv Brought Career Compass Down

This afternoon was time that several teams had set aside to work on their career discussion...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/22/2007

Ship It

Scoble is right. All the research, value proposition positioning, and market playbooks can't save...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/22/2007

Testing Community Based Open Source projects for corporations

John's blog postings on testing open source projects where recently picked up by Mary Jo. Not bad PR...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/20/2007

More Talk About Points and Reputation

Brain, a PM on the forums.Microsoft.com site, discusses the element of adding game like systems into...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/20/2007

Bad cover letters

My favorite are letters sent to me at Microsoft, but that personally address Bill Gates in their...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/19/2007

Good Comments about the Virtual Forum Economy

Feels like this concept is more tested than I imagined. There are some good comments from the post I...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/19/2007

A Virtual Economy for Forums?

While I was in China the forum engineers pointed us at some of the more popular forums. These forums...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/16/2007

Crazy Blogging

I can't keep up with Gretchen's blogs anymore. She has the www.jobsyntax.com company and blog. She...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/15/2007

Since people have had thumbs

They have been giving each other thumbs up or thumbs down. Then, in a rewrite of history, Digg was...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/15/2007

Product Feedback Meets Digg at Yahoo

Via the Yodel Blog We call it a Suggestion Board — you can browse suggestions from other site...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/14/2007

Spam killed MyblogLog

I removed the "My Blog Log" list of recent readers from the side of my page. That group, now at...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/08/2007

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