Didn't take long for the first "Notes is dead" online piece to happen...
... and it's from our friend Steve Gillmor in his InfoRouter blog: The thought that Notes is dead is dead
Generalismo Franco is still dead is dead, says Ed Brill in sessions at Lotusisdeadsphere. From all reports, Lotus (IBM) has killed the notion that Domino/Notes is dead by assuring the 6700 attendees that the move to GrouPlace is vastly overstated. Meanwhile, IBM has discovered RSS and maybe Attention, but don't worry, Notes is still not dead. I guess this falls into the category of negative gestures — branding around the lack of deadness in this case.
I know that Gillmor is not a fan of Notes, ranking right up there with Dan Lyons. But the least he could do is write a coherant and understandable post. Nicholas Carr, in his Rough Type blog, recently addressed Gillmor's writing style in a post titled Just Try To Pay Attention. The post is summed up in the following statement:
Does Steve have someone translate his posts into French and then back into English before he publishes them?
"Notes is dead" aside, this points to something I'm working harder on these days. Just because blogging is a medium that allows instant publishing and thoughts to be shared, that doesn't mean that basic writing concepts such as clarity and substance should be abandoned. Especially for someone who fancies themselves a journalist...