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09/17/2010

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Well said, Jess. Of course, SOMEONE has to be first to give the more perhaps thoughtful or deliberate people some thoughts to weigh against.

Anne Margulies (for those who don't know her, she was the CIO for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is now at Harvard) used to talk a lot about being a "fast follower" as opposed to the first out of the gate. I thought that was a good way of putting it and a logical way of embracing and implementing newer technologies (especially for larger organizations with a lot at stake). Being a leader or expert in a space doesn't always mean that you're first. Most of the time, I think it's quite the opposite.

Great point.

The same thing happened with the whole Facebook is creating a phone story that came out this weekend.

First it was TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/19/facebook-is-secretly-building-a-phone/

Then a Facebook response via Mashable http://mashable.com/2010/09/19/facebook-we-are-not-building-a-phone/

And with Facebook its easier to get info from 3rd party news sources like TechCrunch & Facebook because well have you seen facebook's blog http://blog.facebook.com/

Yeah there is one thing to be first to spread the news vs the first to comment on the possibility of the news and it's implications.

Very timely post

Hi guys! Thanks for your comments. And apologies for not responding - I was on vacation. ;-) There is so much pressure to be first, but so many would be better served by being a superior second.

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