Scoble is Mini?

Ahh that’s a fun theory.

But it’s easily disproved. Jay Greene at BusinessWeek has met both of us. He’ll verify that we’re not the same.

Oh, hell, while we’re talking about Mini, a friend of mine said he had compared notes with all the journalists who’s met him and he thinks that Mini is done by a team of people. I don’t think so, though. It’s VERY hard to fake the writing style of someone else.

Comments

  1. “team of people” = “multiple personality disorder”

    [author dangles hypnotic trance-inducing bauble in front of Scoble]

    “I want to talk to mini-Microsoft. Do you understand? I want to talk to mini-Microsoft now.”

    It’s VERY hard to fake the writing style of someone else.

    Heh.

  2. “team of people” = “multiple personality disorder”

    [author dangles hypnotic trance-inducing bauble in front of Scoble]

    “I want to talk to mini-Microsoft. Do you understand? I want to talk to mini-Microsoft now.”

    It’s VERY hard to fake the writing style of someone else.

    Heh.

  3. I think both blogs are inspiring. And use them both as example in our company and for our just started blog on channel64.net.

    So from me thank you both :-)

  4. I think both blogs are inspiring. And use them both as example in our company and for our just started blog on channel64.net.

    So from me thank you both :-)

  5. Andy B,

    I’ve wondered that for some time. The opinions Mini makes are informed, he seems passionate about Microsoft, yet at the same time, there is a “distance” to the language.

    Also, there are choice phrases which have a journalistic flourish. For example, the latest entry has this phrase: “The dissonance of change”. Yes, many might use it, but this and other examples almost suggest a professionalism to their writing, an understanding that it is the garnish on the language that sets a professional writer apart from the weekend hobby writer. I also think its quite difficult to believe that he could have been writing the blog for so long without quite a few people at MSFT associating turns of phrase in reports or emails to the blog.

    My theory: Mini-MSFT, himself, is a journalist not working at Microsoft, and is writing the blog based on the opinions of several people inside the company. Maybe Jay Greene was the Peter Parker interviewing the Mini-MSFT Spiderman!

  6. Andy B,

    I’ve wondered that for some time. The opinions Mini makes are informed, he seems passionate about Microsoft, yet at the same time, there is a “distance” to the language.

    Also, there are choice phrases which have a journalistic flourish. For example, the latest entry has this phrase: “The dissonance of change”. Yes, many might use it, but this and other examples almost suggest a professionalism to their writing, an understanding that it is the garnish on the language that sets a professional writer apart from the weekend hobby writer. I also think its quite difficult to believe that he could have been writing the blog for so long without quite a few people at MSFT associating turns of phrase in reports or emails to the blog.

    My theory: Mini-MSFT, himself, is a journalist not working at Microsoft, and is writing the blog based on the opinions of several people inside the company. Maybe Jay Greene was the Peter Parker interviewing the Mini-MSFT Spiderman!

  7. When mini decided to stop about the same time you decided to leave Microsoft, I had my doubts too.

    Alternate theory I had was something wierd happened inside Microsoft (could be something that has been happening over a few months, too) hence mini stopped, you decided to leave and Bill Gates had to resign ;)

  8. When mini decided to stop about the same time you decided to leave Microsoft, I had my doubts too.

    Alternate theory I had was something wierd happened inside Microsoft (could be something that has been happening over a few months, too) hence mini stopped, you decided to leave and Bill Gates had to resign ;)

  9. Oh boy, conspiracy theory of the day, wrong however. And I know, as does Danny Westneat.

  10. Oh boy, conspiracy theory of the day, wrong however. And I know, as does Danny Westneat.

  11. I’d wager that Scoble isn’t mini because of the way they write anyday.

    A person who specialises in analysing writing styles can tell you that. Is there such a profession?

    Some of these patterns in their writing are easy to distinguish (IMHO, from some very fleeting comparisons). With all due respect to Scoble, Mini has a better command of the language, a flair for the dramatic and is inclined to be quite longwinded. I dare say this person has been trained to write professionally for quite some time, judging from punctuation and structure. That and he TAKES the time to blog.

    Scoble, on the other hand, often makes very short, to-the-point entries and when they are long, they read as though he’s typing very quickly (blogging at the speed of thought haha) and takes no time to sound witty or sharp about what he has to say. Just facts, a few punctuations, links, a few more facts and submit.

    Definitely not the same person.

  12. I’d wager that Scoble isn’t mini because of the way they write anyday.

    A person who specialises in analysing writing styles can tell you that. Is there such a profession?

    Some of these patterns in their writing are easy to distinguish (IMHO, from some very fleeting comparisons). With all due respect to Scoble, Mini has a better command of the language, a flair for the dramatic and is inclined to be quite longwinded. I dare say this person has been trained to write professionally for quite some time, judging from punctuation and structure. That and he TAKES the time to blog.

    Scoble, on the other hand, often makes very short, to-the-point entries and when they are long, they read as though he’s typing very quickly (blogging at the speed of thought haha) and takes no time to sound witty or sharp about what he has to say. Just facts, a few punctuations, links, a few more facts and submit.

    Definitely not the same person.

  13. Two friends and I were talking about whether Scoble is “mini” just the other week. The consensus: he may or may not be, BUT, more importantly, the execs at Microsoft know who “mini” is, but aren’t saying. We think they have to know because of forensics, but for whatever reason (politics, publicity, timing) aren’t disclosing it.

  14. Two friends and I were talking about whether Scoble is “mini” just the other week. The consensus: he may or may not be, BUT, more importantly, the execs at Microsoft know who “mini” is, but aren’t saying. We think they have to know because of forensics, but for whatever reason (politics, publicity, timing) aren’t disclosing it.

  15. It’s VERY hard to fake the writing style of someone else.

    Wanta wager on that? :)

    Here’s the thing tho, several journo sources, conflict. So team or misinfo…but why bother with unmasking, more fun in the mystery. KISS with makeup, better than without.

  16. It’s VERY hard to fake the writing style of someone else.

    Wanta wager on that? :)

    Here’s the thing tho, several journo sources, conflict. So team or misinfo…but why bother with unmasking, more fun in the mystery. KISS with makeup, better than without.

  17. When this popped up in my aggregator, I thought that it was Mini-Scobleizer not Mini-Microsoft.

    “Hmm, Scoble *is* Mini-Scoble? That’s an elaborate and snazzy marketing trick… But I’m sure I saw pictures of Patrick in Dave Winer’s Flickr stream – that’s gotta be hard to fake…”

  18. When this popped up in my aggregator, I thought that it was Mini-Scobleizer not Mini-Microsoft.

    “Hmm, Scoble *is* Mini-Scoble? That’s an elaborate and snazzy marketing trick… But I’m sure I saw pictures of Patrick in Dave Winer’s Flickr stream – that’s gotta be hard to fake…”

  19. Nah. Couldn’t be. Mini wears a paper bag over his head. Scoble doesn’t. And you never noticed a little thing like that? ;)

  20. Nah. Couldn’t be. Mini wears a paper bag over his head. Scoble doesn’t. And you never noticed a little thing like that? ;)