Betsy Aoki's WebLog

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  • Blog Post: Blast from the past - the computers of 1985

    A recent trip to visit my parents unearthed gems of a forgotten era. (Yes, I realize bowties are coming back and possibly never left, but ponder the Boston Computer Society Publication aka Computer Update). First we ask ourselves - will online shopping replace a trip to the store? Note the Nov/Dec...
  • Blog Post: 10 Observations of an Engineer on a PR team

    I started writing these at the beginning of 2012, adding to them bit by bit as I looked back and thought about how different it was to launch Bing in 2009 sitting on the PR/marketing side vs. the engineering side, where I've launched so many things before. (Admittedly, Bing.com/community 's technical...
  • Blog Post: Blog infidelity - sign of the times

    I've spent a year being massively unfaithful to this blog. :( Last year (and to be fair the year before), it was more about twitter growing in influence and eating away my will to write long pieces. This year, it's been more about posting other places - on the Bing blog about our social hackathon...
  • Blog Post: BlogHer| bet - why Bing reaches out to startups, and why a conference like this is fun in general

    Last Friday I had the privilege of both speaking and mentoring at the inaugural BlogHer | bet conference, both as a Bing PR/marketing person and as social media/community application/games program manager. It's an unusual conference and so I'll lay out a bit of the format and then give some flavor of...
  • Blog Post: Ada Lovelace Day 2010: In honor of my mom of science

    When I signed up to do this Ada Lovelace thing, I knew I'd have a few options on my hands. I could research obscure women that needed to be brought out to public view. I could name women in tech or science you probably have heard of already (but possibly not as much as their male counterparts...
  • Blog Post: On Love: View from the Chicken Coop

    Ok, both Tara Hunt and Mona Nomura have taken up the tricky topic of “love and greatness” and now it’s my turn. I feel compelled as a feminist, a geek girl, and as the only one of the three of us to be married right now, to offer a different perspective. I will note from the outset that in their essays...
  • Blog Post: The Blog's the Thing...even when it's not the thing I am working on

    Bummer to see Dare go "unblogged". I respect his decision, but hope he will be back. He was an interesting voice, to say the least. I fielded some questions recently about blogging and engaging an audience from a coworker in another team this week, and realized the awesomeness of time passing, if...
  • Blog Post: The difference one letter makes... Betsy goes from QnA to XNA...

    I'm back from Merrie Olde England where I got a chance to hang out with a true Blog Queen - Eileen Brown, in the UK IT evangelism team . Last time I hung out with her in England, we were on our way to TechEd Amsterdam, and readying a blogging presentation together. This time was just for fun (though...
  • Blog Post: Mother's Day Present: She's Such a Geek

    Mom, don't read this. :) Last night I went to the book reading for She's Such a Geek . I bought two copies, one for me, one for Mom. Both Mom and I tested out of math in college (although she tested out of the harder class). Mom went on to the sciences. I went on to technology by way of massive liberal...
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