July 7, 2008
Paul is not attending the conference formally known as Velocity for the first time in five years. I was the first blogger granted Press credentials into a Microsoft Press Room back at Toronto in ’04 and again in Minneapolis in ’05, Boston in ’06 and last year in Denver.
Everyone is talking about Social Media today, but we had a vibrant Microsoft developer community of bloggers back in ’04. Then the talk was about the New Microsoft, the community and how they listened and got it. Our blogging efforts were affirmed by the Developer Evangelist Team when they established Channel 9.
All has changed, changed utterly. Microsoft PR stopped trusting us and turned the Partner conference, TechEd and Channel 9 into informericals that they can control.