The blogging phenomenon is transforming politics,
business and society on a broad front. Weblogs, or "blogs" for short, represent
millions of online comments linked together into a vast network of individuals
and businesses. According to Business Week, weblogs are the most explosive
outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself.
The JimPinto.com website features weblogs on all the major automation Companies:
ABB, Emerson, Honeywell, Invensys, Rockwell, Schneider, Siemens and Yokogawa. If
GE enters the automation business in a big way (by acquiring Invensys or
Rockwell) they'll get a weblog.
Many of these blogs are attracting more than 1,000 visits per day, and when
something controversial comes along, the traffic shoots up to many times that
Why does JimPinto.com do these blogs? Because there is a BIG demand. In this
recessionary environment, many comments are clearly generated by disaffected
employees and represent an outlet for people who have no other way to
communicate within their own company.
I do try to calibrate the input, to make sure it is NOT simply from a
competitor. It's all too easy to ghost-write a complaint about specific people
or situations. I review each incoming blog, and remove overly negative material,
or stuff that simply looks like rumors. I don't like "rumors".
Blogs are shaking up just about every business. In this period of accelerating
change, it's evident that senior management in all the automation companies read
these blogs regularly. I've encouraged the people I know to respond and some of
them do, though it can attract more flack. But that's good, and it often
effectively mutes the critics. I recommend it strongly - it's better than
pretending to ignore the barbs.
JimPinto.com weblogs have often outed news that is flatly denied by management,
which makes them look silly when it eventually surfaces.
Typically, your name and email address will NOT be published in the weblog,
unless specifically requested. However, including your name/email adds
credibility - especially if you are at management level.
II'll appreciate your feedback for my efforts. And, if you care about your
company, perhaps you can encourage more people to weblog positive inputs.