- 24 Oct 08, 09:20 GMT
Looking back over various blog posts I've written in the last couple of weeks, I realise I owe certain people an apology.
First, members of LinkedIn. A number of you took offence at my dig that your social network was "Facebook for losers". You were right to be cross - and now you can laugh at my lack of foresight after LinkedIn closed a $23m funding round with the likes of Goldman Sachs. An arctic winter is blowing through Silicon Valley - and Wall Street - so it's quite an achievement to raise that kind of money.
It's also a marker that we are entering more serious times, when a social network has to be about more than poking, vampires, and other assorted tomfoolery - it needs to be useful in getting you a job or helping you make business contacts. I've taken note and might even go and refresh my untended LinkedIn page.
Then, there are all of those people who make a great contribution to this blog in their comments, and are then frustrated when the conversation just stops. It was put rather well by someone who responded to my post on "Is blogging dead?":
"...much as I enjoy reading many of the blogs by BBC journalists, I do find it a little disappointing that it tends to be a rather one-way exchange. True, most of the responses to blogs are inane drivel, but some of them are witty and insightful, and more to the point, deserving of a response. That response is seldom forthcoming.
I'd enjoy the BBC's blogs a bit more if the owners of the blogs read their responses and replied to the interesting ones more often."
We try to answer specific queries, but I think we do need to make more of an effort to respond to responses, and so prove that our blogs are not just one-way streets.
Finally, I need to apologise to my teenage son. I accused him of excessive use of our domestic bandwidth when he downloaded a 2Gb patch for World of Warcraft the other day. Fellow gamers were quick to leap to his defence, pointing out that a patch like that only comes once a year and deriding my estimate of 120Mb for four hours' solid WoW play - given to me, I hasten to add, by one of the ISPs.
Well, earlier this week I was away from home for a day or so - and therefore not online - and our bandwidth use dropped from over 1Gb to 200Mb. So it looks as though I'm the one chewing through our broadband usage quota, though I can't quite work out how my computer is leaking so much data. Sorry, Adam.
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