Sweet beautiful irony. In this blog entry on ZDNet David Berlind interviews Ross Mayfield from SocialText about blogs and wikis and when to use which technology. They have a long chat about it and, in the end, Berlind ends with the statement:
OK. So, if you didn’t know what a wiki was before, but are ready to get one now, raise your hand.
This is because the interview itself is circular and confusing. Mayfield is commenting on how it's sometimes hard to grasp which technology to use in a given circumstance.
But the irony here is that he conducts the interview with Ross entirely over IM. And then reprints that chat. So, he used the wrong technology to interview someone about the appropriate uses of a given technology. This was apparently clear enough to Mayfield that before the interview was published, he blogged what he was really thinking.
IM rewards terse verbiage.
So what came from Ross in the ZDNet interview was a smarmy, off-the-cuff set of answers that were obviously made to economize typing and not to communicate subtleties. His follow-on blog entry is much more thoughtful. It is likely that in a voice interview, some of his statements would have been different.
Certainly, check out Ross' blog entry above. It's a very good read.