You know, that was a big idea I just had. I think I'll tell the MSN team this:
Wanna build a great weblog service? Start a weblog first, put your plans up there, and then boot strap it. Explain your design choices to the world. Explain what your business goals are. Explain your assumptions.
Bootstrap the process! Don't play typical Microsoft and go off in a dark room, spend millions of dollars, come out with a “big product” like Microsoft Bob, and disappear into the black room again.
Start a weblog. Do the entire thing in public view. Help your customers design your software. Imagine that kind of world!
Then, when you launch, I bet you already will have hundreds of interesting, committed bloggers. Plus, you'll have a bug free product.
Could Microsoft design products like this in public view? I wonder. [The Scobleizer Weblog]