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Bill Watkins Fortune Story – Seagate Help People Surf Porn? November 30, 2006

Posted by John in Technology.
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I was at the dinner the other night with the Fortune senior editor picked some nice gems from a conversations with Watkins.  I’ve been interfacing with Bill for a few months now on podcasts and industry conversations and he is one cool dude.  Hell porn has always been an early adopter of technology🙂 so I can see why his comments might have been taken out of context. 

What strikes me about the article is two things:  1) how candid Watkins is as a person – which is why they are into social media because Seagate understands the impact of being transparent, and 2) how the report respected the ‘off the record’ nature of some of the conversations.  On the second point this is key to being a successful blogger as a professional..  maintaining credibility with sources and putting clear rules out there like one the record everything is fair game puts people in a mode to watch what they say.  The question is what is off the record in a era of contant media development.  If you’ve been to a tech event lately you will see massive flickr photos and blog reports get published.  Where is the line?

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1. Loren Feldman - November 30, 2006

There is no line anymore. Only a fool really believes in tranparency, and the such. There is always and agenda, always. It’s a shame really.

2. Correcting the Record on Seagate CEO Bill Watkins - The Infamous Crap and Porn Dinner - I was there « John Furrier - December 23, 2006

[…] Anil Dash has a post on Seagate titled – How to Kill a Personality.   Let me correct the record once and for all.  One of the best things about the blogosphere is that the truth can be told.  So let me tell it.  I was at this ‘famous crap porn comment dinner’ that Seagate put on for bloggers and press.  I sat with Bill Watkins and was there with Jeffrey O’Brien from Fortune.  I blogged about my reaction to the intial Fortune story here.    Also I was blogging from the dinner table the night in question -the post is here. […]


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