Cant get your own following?  No problem acquire someone else’s!

Microsoft (masters of Innovation as many of their faithful will like you to believe) have just taken another step in trying to create a popular web service of some description (any description in my opinion)  Looking at Bing and also considering Google apps, its easy to see why this next piece of news has happened (IMO).

Its being reported that Microsoft have “acquired” a Twitter account started by a 19 year old which offered news reports and has over 1 million followers.  Michael van Poppel allegedly set up the account two years ago and on December the 1st a (very thankful Microsoft I believe) took possession of it.

Another example of Microsoft “not getting it” when they turn to the successes of a 19 year old in order to get their hands on a successful service?

Michael from the Netherlands is alleged to be planning to set up a subscription based news service and if his success with the Twitter account is anything to go by then Microsoft may soon come knocking again.

Mr Poppel had this to say:

Our Twitter feed has always aimed at American subscribers, which means some local news in the United States would be posted on @BreakingNews – and something similar which would have happened for example in the UK would not have reached our service…

You can read more about this here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8389436.stm and more importantly you can note the Twitter account that is now in Microsoft hands: http://twitter.com/BreakingNews

So why is this a problem? Well its not, however Ive covered those “dubious” Twitter accounts that promote Microsoft products and then suddenly stop when challenged.  I’ve covered the Twitter account which was using a legitimate (and innocent) company name to promote Microsoft stock.  Who is behind this?  I could (and would) not say for sure.  I will let you decide however when you see all the Microsoft product RT bots on Twitter, you have to wonder how much is officially Microsoft and how much of the Twitter servers bandwidth is being taken up by the RT of MS PR around it.

Whilst I will still use Twitter (and those Microsoft RT bots are handy for circulating Openbytes articles) I find Identi.ca far better, its faster, it has less of an infestation of the above behaviour and there are many sensible discussions actually happening on it.

Windows 7 new feature? – Black Screen of DEATH!

Maybe I was a little premature when I suggested that Windows 7 was merely a little lipstick on Vista.  From reports coming in it appears those coders at Redmond have actually made a few more improvements which are only coming to light now.

If reports are correct then the tradition blue “BSOD” that we all know and love, has been “upgraded” and is now black.  I wonder if maybe this is an intentional feature to conserve power of laptops and in turn for Microsoft to do their bit for the environment.  I certainly was no stranger to the BSOD on previous versions of Windows, so it would make sense that Microsoft would want to be more eco-friendly in todays energy saving age.

On a serious note though, the new BSOD has seen Microsoft release a fix, although its reported this “feature” could affect over a million machines and the fix would not resolve the issue in all cases, to add further woe its being reported that:

at least 10 different scenarios which will trigger the same black screen conditions

Sounds like the bugs been narrowed right down?😉

Of course you can put money on it not being Microsoft’s fault (it never is) and Ive often reported that there always seems to be a 3rd party to blame rather than Microsoft.  From BSOD to exploits to GPL violations, theres always someone else at fault.  When you next have a few minutes to spare, search Google for “Microsoft blames” and see for yourself.

Talking of blaming, the report found here from the beginning of November says:

SOFTWARE GIANT Microsoft is claiming that PCs in countries with high rates of software ‘piracy’ are more likely to be infected by malicious code because users don’t install security patches.

Which you need to keep in mind that Bill Gates himself is reported to have said:

as long as they’re going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.

which was recently echoed (IMO) in a flippant way by his padawan learner Steve Ballmer (in relation to pirated Windows having 2nd place in market share):

“That’s a competitor that’s tough to beat, they’ve got a good price and a heck of a product…..”

But as always, its always somone elses fault.

A point of interest (maybe) and fitting for the feature on the BSOD, is a picture which is made up of BSOD’s forming an image of Steve Ballmer.  You can see that here.

A new service by Microsoft? – Really?

In the first part of this article I covered Microsoft “acquiring” that which it HADN’T innovated, but now we move on to an example of Microsoft Innovation.  Im sure you will be impressed as much as I am.

Microsoft China has developed a service called Juku which allows you to post 140 char messages to people in the MSN live network.  I have to say that I was blown away at the originality of such a scheme.😉

Yes of course, its merely Twitter (to all intents and purposes IMO) but since its Microsoft, its faithful will have you know its “sooooo” much better than anything else.

As per usual Microsoft seems to get detractors from even its own user base, with people already saying its a rip off of a similar existing service called Plurk.  Microsoft missed the target yet again?

Mashable is reporting on their article:

Microsoft hasn t announced any plans to internationalize the service and perhaps position it as a direct competitor to Twitter.

So at least we can be thankful we won’t have to suffer Microsoft innovation (and the accompanying PR campaign that relates to it) over here.

For a very apt Microsoft poster (IMO) visit here: http://pix.motivatedphotos.com/2009/7/31/633846323455770420-microsoft.jpg

Goblin – Bytes4free@googlemail.com