Form A PR Committee

Derek O'Connell doconnel at
Mon Jan 8 23:19:56 UTC 2007

I think it is a good idea. Squeak definately needs higher visability and to
achieve it the effort needs to be focused and managed... OMG I'm sounding
like a management consultant - shoot me now!

I have an idea but have been holding off because I think it has been
suggested in various guises several times before and because I also don't
think there is much enthusiasm for promoting Squeak per se, let alone my
heinous idea. Oh well, in for penny... a Squeak showcase image with
unashamed lavish amounts of eye-candy, light on the smalltalk, heavy of the
practical/fun uses of Squeak. Buff up some of the existing stuff already in
Squeak, such as the PDA, add in some stuff that typical users take for
granted (in a way *they* expect to find it) and then maybe some tasters of
what could be done with a minimum amount of Smalltalk knowledge. In others
words: hook 'em and reel 'em in (personally I don't know of any fish that
leap out of the water and into the net of their own accord, but of course
there are exceptions... and some of us are still flopping about gasping for
air). I don't suggest it is a trivial task but then not too ambitious

On 1/8/07, karl <karl.ramberg at> wrote:
> Todd Blanchard skrev:
> > No, we would have all new problems. :-)
> Be careful not to think people think you are a spammer.
> There was a story in digg about some guy just posting his web url in a
> signature on a comment, and he got lot's of bad attention.
> The same happened to the Dabble story, lot's of 'this is spam' comments.
> Blogging is maybe the least intrusive self promotion and can generate a
> lot of attention if conducted persistently and
> with a long term focus. James Robertson has a very well known blog, it
> was listed on a top 500 blogs some time ago
> Take a look at his posting history
> It takes dedication.
> Karl
> >
> > Seriously, I support this.  I have no skills in PR, but I do think we
> > don't do a good job of messaging the outside world.
> >
> > Another thing that can be done, if you blog about software, is to
> > register your blog in the buzz section on  They tend to be
> > java focused, but the buzz section is pretty much a blog news
> > aggregator - whatever you post gets echoed into the stream.  There are
> > probably more tech aggregators that could be tapped by publishing RSS
> > feeds.
> >
> > -Todd Blanchard
> >
> > On Jan 8, 2007, at 11:28 AM, Chris Cunnington wrote:
> >
> >> If Karl Rove worked for Squeak our problems would be over with very,
> very
> >>
> >> quickly. ;)
> >>
> >
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