I’d totally forgotten about my post on Mr. Simon Edhouse as I had been waiting for some kind of update from the man himself. Yet, in the early hours of Friday night / Saturday morning I have Google Analytics to give me a helpful reminder. Site traffic is up nearly tenfold, with pretty much everyone viewing that Simon Edhouse post (a few seem to find this Clarkson Rant more interesting).
A quick check of twitter.com/SimonEdhouse and there’s no obvious signs of a response. Read a little deeper though and there are some interesting links in there.
Starting with the entry Friends… your new enemies on Edgepolitics, Simon Edhouse’s blog, the response isn’t quite what I had expected. It seems Simon has identified a huge gap in the market and is using this as an opportunity to promote this groundbreaking new venture. Here’s a sneak peak:
I think there is a huge area of opportunity here, to appeal to ‘non-consumers’ of open-networks. These would be networks that people used to conduct genuine conversations with real friends from the real world. They would not necessarily be exclusive of strangers, but rather protective of relationships. New acquaintances could be invited in based on genuine qualification, again, in the real world.
Yep. Facebook. Moving on…
Maybe I’m missing something. Simon Edhouse said the whole thing was a fake, so where is the proof of this? Nothing on Edgepolitics that’s for sure.
Another obscure tweet let me over to this debate on boingboing.net Going through the comments from Simon Edhouse and again, nothing conclusive. Amongst the comments I found this confusing statement:
(David wrote a warm recommendation about that period on my Linkedin page which I deleted when we had a falling out)
According to Simon Edhouse, he and David Thorne are old friends who have fallen out. Surely, deleting this comment (if it did exist) is removing proof (of which there may be no more) that they did get along at some point. That just seems a little strange…..
The waiting game continues!