There’s a 1958 movie, Teacher’s Pet, in which Clark Gable plays a successful, but uneducated editor of a New York newspaper, and Doris Day plays a professor teaching a journalism class. The theme of this romantic movie evolves around which is more important, education or experience? Clark Gable concludes that experience is the jockey, education is the horse.
Earlier today, I wrote an article on Wil-Low.com about the problem of fake followers on Twitter: How real are your followers? I wrote this post after a newspaper reported about a Belgian political party that won more than 10K followers in India in a very short period of time. One of my readers jokingly asked me: And how many followers do you have in India?
I receive plenty of mail from people trying to sell me something. Most of the times, those mails are sent automatically, and when I don't reply, the original message is resent, along with an extra note. Usually, I mark such mails as SPAM, blocking its sender, but once in a while, I reply.
This is an example of such a reply in Dutch:
We used to make fun of Klout. For instance: whenever it was your birthday, your Klout score spiked because of all the people sending you birthday wishes on social media. Nevertheless, many of us looked at the Klout score of our personal and business accounts on social media.
It's great to be mentioned as an influencer by Johan Vos on how to make a business with open source (go to 18 minutes 10 seconds to hear this particular snippet).
In this Dutch podcast, Bert asks me about the history of iText, about successes and failures, about strengths and weaknesses, about courage and fear, and so on.
Next week, I'm flying to Bangalore for the Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS). I've been asked as a keynote speaker for the third year in a row.
This was my keynote in 2017: