Congratulations to Tom Simpson

There are lots of ways to get your news, more now than ever before.  One of those ways is RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, that I’ve written about before. 

This morning, thanks to Tom Simpson’s RSS feed, I learned about one of the biggest bits of news to hit the blogosphere in a long time — that Robert Scoble, Microsoft’s high-profile, popular blogger and co-author of “Naked Conversations — how blogs are changing the way businesses talk with customers” — is LEAVING Microsoft to take a job at

This, folks, is BIG news, and as I commented on Tom’s blog, Webfeed Central,  “I learned of this startling news first right here on Webfeed Central!”  Now, I am nobody really, but I do keep up with what is going on in tech news each day, so to have heard it from Tom first means he got the scoop, at least with me.  Therefore Tom is to be congratulated for his scoop.

What this experience says to me is how really effective RSS feeds are, and while I am at it, let me also throw a bone to Flock’s new News feature by pointing out that it has turned into a nicely integrated feed reading tool, right there in the browser.  Flock is about to release its first Beta release, Cardinal, in the next couple of weeks.  I’ll be posting about it in more depth after it comes out, though I have been using it since back in November when it still had many warts and a pock-marked face.

Scoble himself, has posted about the reaction of the blogging community to the news, and Niall Kennedy, another significant Microsoft blogger, had a nice post about it. In fact, almost everybody is posting about the news of Scoble’s departure, which illustrates how significant the news is to those of us who follow the blogosphere

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