Our social bookmarking preview got a fair bit of attention when it was announced back in May. We've been eager to see how technical professionals will use it, so we decided to take a snapshot and analyzed the first 30 days of data. First, some full disclosure: we did hold a contest during these first 30 days within Microsoft to help seed the app with some useful content in advance of TechEd. We achieved the desired effect: some great content by experts here in Microsoft.
Some of the findings from our analysis are expected and typical of most social bookmarking apps, which is encouraging because we know that we can learn something from existing studies on Delicious and other bookmarking applications. For example:
There are other findings that are perhaps more peculiar to MSDN and TechNet.
We also interviewed 4 of our best bookmarkers and asked them a few questions about how they're using the app and how they'd hope to see its use evolve. I have audio for two of the interviews and a video clip for another...
(Thanks to Mike, Beth, Phil, and Ricardo for taking the time!)
After talking to these folks, as well as the customers at TechEd Orlando, and looking at the usage so far, I'm optimistic that we're meeting a need and are headed in the right direction. Most of the complaints I hear at the moment are things we complain about internally as well, so that makes it pretty likely they'll get fixed :)
I'm going to be spending the next two days showing this off to the rest of Microsoft at our annual Product Fair, so I'll report on what the extended MSFT community had to say later this week.
CORRECTION: Ricardo used 16,000 tags on 4,000 URLs. I'd previously reported 16,000 URLs. This bad number is also in the video, which I don't plan on correcting :)
No interviews with IT Pros? Seems like a gap...
Tony, these interviews were primarily about heavy use of social bookmarking that showed a variety of usage patterns, not about audience differences, because frankly, I can't find any. I actually came close to giving you a call, however. Your usage has one of the highest tag-to-URL ratios in the system, which is interesting. I'd love to get more of your thoughts - we can discuss right here in comments if you like.
C and visual c are a different product than C#, csharp, visual C#, etc.
So you can't alias them together.
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Last week Chris Slemp from MSDN/TechNet interviewed me and 3 other top bookmarkers about how we use the