UK Microsoftie Darren Strange reports that Microsoft now has 4500 bloggers among its 71,000 employees. Both numbers show significant growth. As irecall, when Robert and I were writing our first chapter of naked Conversations there were 2500 bloggers among 56,000 employees. By the time we finished the book in October 2005, the bloggers were topping the 3,000 mark. This would mean that the number of Microsoft bloggers has grown by over 50 percent in about a year and a half.
By percentage, I'm not sure whether Sun Microsystems or Microsoft has more bloggers, but both companies continue to grow and continue to extol the virtues of doing it.
One interesting aspect in Darren's report is that there is no longer any controversy about it. When Joshua Allen, became Microsoft's first blogger, the first call to fire him for blogging came just a few hours later, as we reported in Naked Conversations.
Now it is seems to me, blogging is normalizing at Microsoft and that is what should happen.
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