Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fred Wilson Asked, Fred Wilson Gets

Fred Wilson Asked, Fred Wilson Gets
Todd Herman, SpinSpotter Founder

World Famous Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson wrote on his blog yesterday:

"I have never spent much time trying to obtain perfect grammar, spelling, and wording .... I'm not a perfect speller by any means. And I mess up/mix up its and it's all the time. I went to an engineering school not a liberal arts school and it shows at times ...... But there is a solution that I'd love someone to build. If anyone could make basic edits to this post that don't change the meaning, I'd love that. I don't want an editor, but I am quite taken with the idea of audience powered editing."

Mr. Wilson, you asked and you shall now receive. Though our tool is not meant for that -it is meant to crowd-edit news stories for spin and inaccuracies- it will work perfectly well for this.

I am not a grammar expert -and commit typos faster than I type- but, I did have fun in the guise of a nit picky editor. Based on my personal experiences with editors, I also performed one of their most egregious, rude and, sadly, common errors---take a look at the extract and, see if you also find it nearly unforgivable!

If you would like to see how that changes appear on your blog, please simply add Spinoculars to your Firefox browser: http://spinspotter.com/download. When you have Spinoculars, visit your post.

For Mr. Wilson's readers: please feel free to augment my additions to the article---and, please, vote down or edit my rude pseudo-error. You can all vote them up or down without the Toolbar at http://spinspotter.com/article/286717 or, you can create your own edits to Mr. Wilson's piece on his own page with our toolbar.

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It will be interesting to see if you hear from Fred. I went to his blog post and saw your edits using SpinSpotter tool - Spinoculars. How he framed the need/question is an interesting application of your technology.

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