I haven't really had a chance to follow up here on last week's Notes "Hannover" announcement.  You've read some of the press, and there have been a lot of bloggers writing on the topic.  The news has been all positive -- summarizing what we've heard  -- great UI, good to hear that Notes has a committed future, good to see IBM take the offensive, etc.

I know there are high-profile "corporate bloggers" who frequently mention the kind of impact their blogging has within an organization, but generally, I've left that realm alone.  Until now.  The blogosphere's collective reaction to "Hannover" has raised awareness of blogging within IBM.  Specifically, an interesting thing I've seen in the last several days is that there are a lot of additional eyes on edbrill.com and other websites.  Not just reading, but reacting.  One developer e-mailed another based on a question that was raised in the first discussion thread here about "Hannover".  Executives enquired about hit counts and the background on certain comments/commenters.  The IBM intranet blogs are buzzing.

This isn't truly new -- for years, I and others within Lotus have read/lurked on notes.net/LDD/developerWorks to obtain customer perspective and feedback, as well as places like the Lotus Partner Forum.  What is new is the very public nature of the perspectives shared, the immediacy of the medium, and the way the blogging realm has taken root in other facets of my job.  A colleague asked me the other day, "How are things in Highland Park?" I had never discussed my home/office location with him, but he had read the Sun-Times article a few weeks back.

My question is, does knowledge that there are a lot of additional eyes reading edbrill.com mean that more readers are likely to comment, knowing their words can and do make a broad impact, or will more readers stand silent, afraid to say something that will slight a lurker?

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