February 18, 2003
So I read this story (via LawMeme) on Microsoft’s new threedegrees, an interesting IM tool with limited music-sharing capabilities. As a Lawmeme commenter remarked, it’s probably just a matter of time until the music sharing features get cracked. We’ll see where that goes
But the real issue is: can Steven Levy please stop writing this type of article? Remember when he broke the news on Palladium? I could feel his excitement, along with excessive hype and exaggeration, pouring out of the pages. I pictured him jumping up and down with glee, giggling about how he had written about The Next BIG Thing. I get some of the same feeling reading this piece.
It’s not that threedegrees and Palladium aren’t newsworthy – I simply wish Levy would be a little more detached and critical, keeping the Next BIG Thing angle to a minimum. I know these technologies are interesting and exciting, so go easy on the hype.