Keep Trying

Monday, May 10, 2004

Thank You Ev, Blogger and Google

Today's post is easy. It is a big thank you to Evan Williams, the Blogger team and our good friends at Google for continuing to improve Blogger. Many people abandoned Blogger and Blogspot when they were having performance problems. But I want to encourage everyone to come on back, since the Google takeover things have gotten better and better - and I am sure there is more to come.

It is sometimes hard to say thank you. At its root, a thank you is an admission that somebody has given us something we need. In our human drive for independence and individuality we often have trouble admitting that we need the help of others to thrive and survive.

I am hoping that in the near future I will offer a similiar thanks to IBM for contibuting to our freedom us from the Microsoft desktop monopoly. Today they announced primarily server based e-mail, word-processing, spreadsheet and database applications. Although this strategy has failed before, I don't think IBM will make the same mistakes. The software is aimed primarily at businesses and hopefully it will leave our customers more time and money to spend on the stuff that will really help their business.

When looking at big companies such as IBM and Google it is tempting to say that they are only doing it to further their businesses, so why should we thank them. I think the important takeaway is that very few acts are done with totally pure intentions and we have an obligation to recognize when we benefit from another's action regardless of how much they are also benefitting.

Let me just reiterate my thanks to Google and IBM for making our material world a better place.