Via Scobleizer:

Well, actually I think the biggest blogging statistic I know, which really blew me away, is that we've got close to a million people setting up blogs (Web logs) with the Spaces capability that's connected up to Messenger.
(From CNET interview with Bill Gates, January 5, 2005)

I made this comment on Scoble's blog, here for y'all as well...
Not to take this too far afield, but this is one of those fascinating examples of how MS is so good at staying "on message", but how bad it makes them look when that message lacks credibility. Those of us in the blogging community look at this "1 million" number with an extremely crooked eye, no offense to Mike Torres and his work. We all know someone who created an MSN Space only for the purpose of checking it out, and will never use it again. We know there are people who blog elsewhere that created Spaces because it's more free web space. We know that there are "people" who created more than one space, just like "people" have more than one Hotmail account. But BillG says "1 million" and the choir says "yea, verily."

I had a debate recently with a 'softie over an MS public case study. The MS employee insisted that the case study outlined the business case for a migration away from the product I am responsible for, despite most everyone in the industry knowing that it was a political decision. I met with a customer about a year ago who said their CIO was quoted in an MS case study for Active Directory deployment, when they actually hadn't rolled it out beyond IT in their organization. And I see MS presentations quote questionable research well after it has been debunked in the market.

It's a fascinating culture to observe from the outside, and it often works. But when the claim is too far afield, it does nothing to help the corporate image and credibility. (In this case, neither did BillG's comment in the same interview that "So no big problem; it's not that people have stopped using IE").

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