I’ve shared my OPML, will you?

I've already shared my OPML with Dave Winer's new service. Opens tomorrow. TechCrunch has the details. If you can't wait, my current feed list is on NewsGator (it's a Web service so you'll always see the latest list here). Two weeks ago I deleted all my feeds. I'm already back up to 99 feeds. Will be adding more over the next week. I've raised the bar to get added to my list, though. I want to increase the geekiness factor of what I'm reading and get away from the more marketing and business oriented blogs. Why? Cause I want to focus on people building software, since that's what I'm interested in most.

How do you pick feeds to subscribe to? How do you clean them out?

Update: Dave Winer says "it's an instant hit" and gives more details.

Shel starts on a new book: Global Neighborhoods

Shel Israel starts out a new book, titled "Global Neighborhoods," by interviewing Ireland's Tom Raftery (he runs an IT conference there, among other things).

Speaking of Global Neighborhoods, Lenn Pryor (my former boss, who now works at Ebay) and I are trying to put together a SkypeCast for the next week or two.

He's in London. I'm in San Francisco, flying back tonight to Seattle.

Last week I met an employee who lives in India. He reads my blog and told me all about what he sees as Microsoft's problems from his perspective.

Has our technology changed how we relate to each other? Damn straight it has. Can't wait to see what Shel learns in this next project.

Microsoft marketing mistakes

Two posts caught my eye this morning:

1) Warner Crocker wrote: "When Success Breeds Contempt: The UMPC Fiasco."
2) Sam Purtill wrote me an email and also posted this in my comments: "Most of the Web developers out there utterly hate Microsoft." and "However, you guys need to win back the developers if you want [Windows Live] to succeed." In an email to me he asked "Does Microsoft have a plan or an initiative to win back web developers? Everyone hates you guys in our industry, and MS doesn't seem to be doing anything about it. You guys come across as cocky, monopolistic, and I've even heard some people call your company a form of communism. Please don't disregard my email, I will definitely regard what you have to say in a reply."

This stuff hurts, but if we don't pay attention shame on us.

One huge advantage? These guys are still talking with us. Someone who is willing to engage usually is looking for some response that tells them that we're listening and looking for a conversation (yeah, there are exceptions, but in life I've found they are actually pretty rare).

This morning I spoke with Shel Israel to the MeshForum in San Francisco and we talked about just these kinds of issues. That corporations now have the ability to listen and learn that they never had before. From a global audience.

I showed off how I use NewsGator to watch what anyone in the world says about "geek" "software" "Linux" "Apple" "Microsoft" among a variety of other topics. You don't need to be a famous blogger to be found anymore.

That's my plan.

Now, what's Microsoft's plan? How about listen to the customers and make better products for them?

Business isn't rocket science. Do that and eventually people who hate your products, think your company sucks, will start to notice.

Oh, and Sam, there's something else we can do to help win your love: help YOU win. My wife taught me this one. If I'm always selfish and don't think of her needs she eventually turns cold and obstinate. Bring her flowers and take out the trash (really small things if you think about it) she notices and warms up.

Is business that simple? Yes, it is.

Sam is just telling us we haven't been paying attention to him. Shame on us if we don't get the message.