Clogger warns me against fame

I just got done with my keynote here at IT@Cork. It’s interesting, the audience here only had 1% RSS users. Quite different from the other audiences I’ve spoken to (which have been more than 50% RSS users).

It’ll be interesting to see what the reactions are. One question I got was telling “how does Microsoft control your message?”

Let go of the idea that you’re gonna control anything anymore. I told them how anyone in the world can write about how their Xbox is crashing. Any idea that you can control what people are saying about you or your company is totally out the window. The only choice you have now is whether or not to join in the conversation.

Here’s some conversations about me. Clogger warns me against too much transparency in my personal life: “For a fully-fledged ‘celeb’, there’s WAY too much info on his private life out there.”

Bernie Goldbach brought 10 PR students to IT@Cork and is asking them what they think of me. It’ll be interesting to see what Bernie reports.

The conference is interesting so far. I’ll report more later.

Oh, and Clogger, you have it all wrong. The downsides of being well known aren’t having some weirdo stalker. It’s the email! 336 emails unanswered and a folder of stuff I want to blog about. Memeorandum is popping with new product announcements from Yahoo and from Microsoft.

8 thoughts on “Clogger warns me against fame

  1. I’m sure Robert has considered his exposure – he is in PR for a famour company. I think ‘celebrity’ labeling only comes from those who are a fan. I doubt a Britney Spears fan would consider Robert to be a celebrity, and to some extent perhaps, vica versa. So if there was a cuckoo-brain or maniacal person who would seek to harm or stalk a celebrity, or their family (intentionally or not), what would be their motivation in this case? Money, attention, jealousy, an autograph, a piece of hair ;)?

    I’m sure some Microsoft followers could get giddy at the thought of meeting Robert – I’d certainly be interested in what he had to say – but then Robert clearly feels suitably excited when he gets to meet Bill, Steve and others than he seems to admire. He’s human.

    Bill gates probably has one of the most untalked about, private lives. I’m sure there’s plenty of envy, and security (just like Robert couldn’t film the talk to Steve’s office) but there’s plenty of admiration and respect.

    I think it would be hard to be in Robert’s position (and that of the many ‘celebrity’ bloggers in and out of Microsoft), without being somewhat exposed to inspection.

    I’m sure if someone went around gloating (or people gloated on their behalf), squandering fame and fortune, they’d attract some unsavoury attention. It seems that Robert loves his job, is very open about his successes and life circumstances, and is modest, even humble, and appreciates his life.

    It seems to me Robert, that you have taken the path, personally, that you encourage in business – transparency and honesty. I’d be more than happy to meet you, if you were somewhere convenient, but I’m certainly not flying to Wales or Ireland or whereever you’ll be on Dec 10th to feel the glow of the Robertmeister :)

    Have a pleasant trip and safe journey home.

  2. I’m sure Robert has considered his exposure – he is in PR for a famour company. I think ‘celebrity’ labeling only comes from those who are a fan. I doubt a Britney Spears fan would consider Robert to be a celebrity, and to some extent perhaps, vica versa. So if there was a cuckoo-brain or maniacal person who would seek to harm or stalk a celebrity, or their family (intentionally or not), what would be their motivation in this case? Money, attention, jealousy, an autograph, a piece of hair ;)?

    I’m sure some Microsoft followers could get giddy at the thought of meeting Robert – I’d certainly be interested in what he had to say – but then Robert clearly feels suitably excited when he gets to meet Bill, Steve and others than he seems to admire. He’s human.

    Bill gates probably has one of the most untalked about, private lives. I’m sure there’s plenty of envy, and security (just like Robert couldn’t film the talk to Steve’s office) but there’s plenty of admiration and respect.

    I think it would be hard to be in Robert’s position (and that of the many ‘celebrity’ bloggers in and out of Microsoft), without being somewhat exposed to inspection.

    I’m sure if someone went around gloating (or people gloated on their behalf), squandering fame and fortune, they’d attract some unsavoury attention. It seems that Robert loves his job, is very open about his successes and life circumstances, and is modest, even humble, and appreciates his life.

    It seems to me Robert, that you have taken the path, personally, that you encourage in business – transparency and honesty. I’d be more than happy to meet you, if you were somewhere convenient, but I’m certainly not flying to Wales or Ireland or whereever you’ll be on Dec 10th to feel the glow of the Robertmeister :)

    Have a pleasant trip and safe journey home.

  3. “Yahoo RSS alerts announcement”

    That’s cool, just when you thought RSS could perhaps bring something new of its own, this new initiative will let one receive…emails.

    Where is the self-sustaining rss:// protocol when we need it?

  4. “Yahoo RSS alerts announcement”

    That’s cool, just when you thought RSS could perhaps bring something new of its own, this new initiative will let one receive…emails.

    Where is the self-sustaining rss:// protocol when we need it?

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