Last week I did a Gartner webinar on trends in social software. These are fun to do, because I get to talk to lots of people at once rather than the one on one inquiries I usually do. They also generate a fair amount of discussion and comment on blogs, Twitter and in the media, since you don’t have to be a Gartner client to participate in the live webcast or the replay.
I’m an analyst, so I love getting attention, but some kinds of attention are tricky. Clint Boulton, a journalist at eWeek.com, summarized and commented on what I had to say in a slideshow on eWeek.com entitled Cloud Computing: Microsoft’s Stealth Attack in Enterprise Social Software. I have been quoted by Clint before, and have a lot of respect for his insights. I generally agree with most of what he says in this analysis as well, except for some of the emphasis. Only one slide in the webinar concentrated on Microsoft, while the title of the article could make it look like I spent an hour talking about Microsoft. Given the hoopla Microsoft has been raising about SharePoint and its renewed social software features, I wouldn’t really characterize it as a “sneak attack” either.
To be clear: I am not complaining about being misquoted or misrepresented in this article. That has happened to me in the past, so I know what it is like. It’s disconcerting to see my words summarized in a way I don’t completely recognize though.