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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Social publishing and social etiquette

It's funny being a blogger working for a company where there are other bloggers. Funny peculiar, that is.

A couple of times I've been mid-conversation, probably moaning about the journalism vs blogging debate or harping on about some online issue, and I realise the person I'm talking to already knows my point of view in detail. The moment I realise I'm quoting a post word for word normally coincides with the moment they realise they've read the entire argument already and we both glaze over, carrying on talking but thinking about whether it would be embarrassing to stop and say something.

(It's like telling someone you've got a dodgy stomach and the other person saying they already know because they were in the next cubicle that morning in the toilet and thought that, judging by the horrific noise and overpowering stench, you ought to have gone home hours ago. It just isn't done. Not in polite company, anyway.)

At other times, being a blogger among bloggers works a treat. Like in seminars about new publishing techniques, when you can dispense with 50% of the background info as the others in the group are up to speed on your views already. You can get straight to the good stuff.

Another good example of how blogging lubricates intracompany relations is the ability to ask colleagues you barely know about intimate details of their personal life.

"Good holiday was it, Paul?"
"Er, yes. Not bad."
"Didn't the wife get terrible tan lines from that bikini though?"
"Erm... A little maybe. I'm just wondering..."
"And hasn't little Tarquin grown? If you're not careful he'll be following in Wayne's footsteps and ending up in prison."
"Heh. Quite... Erm..."
"By the way, loving the new house. Shame about the curtains in the bedroom."
"I'm sorry... Do I know you?"

Brilliant.

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