1/ On Truth. After you read this comic, I share a story about a small con—relatively innocuous but the kind that is pervasive in tech (and really anything new + risky where credibility is low and the need for (investor) belief is high)...
2/ Many years ago I spoke at a family office conference with the founder of Red Hat
He shared a story of how he basically did a small con to build credibility.
He surveyed 10 of his friends, 2 were using Linux.
A year later 4 were using Linux.
3/ He wrote an article in Linux Home Journal saying that according to his survey of programmers adoption was growing fast at 100% growth YoY.
Now, this is a non-representative + insufficient sample size of “4 friends” up from 2 friends...
But the sentence runs in the article...
4/ Then someone from BusinessWeek is interviewing him and he quotes Linux Home Journal article and says something like:
“According to Linux Home Journal, Linux adoption is growing 100% + doubling every year”.
BusinessWeek uses that growth rate and quotes it.
5/ He then quotes BusinessWeek (a more credible national publication) and says in future meetings something to effect of:
“According to BusinessWeek, Linux use is rapidly doubling every year!”
So from 2 friends to 4 to a random article to BusinessWeek he CONJURED...CREDIBILITY.
6/ This kind of stuff happens ALL THE TIME.
We believe stuff other people believe that other people have LED them to believe...
Sometimes it’s innocent mistakes (like Popeye + Spinach TL;DR it was decimal error of iron content)
...but sometimes it’s just willfully misleading.
You can follow @wolfejosh.
Tip: mention @threader_app on a Twitter thread with the keyword “compile” to get a link to it.
Enjoy Threader? Sign up.
Since you’re here...
... we’re asking visitors like you to make a contribution to support this independent project. In these uncertain times, access to information is vital. Threader gets 1,000,000+ visits a month and our iOS Twitter client was featured as an App of the Day by Apple. Your financial support will help two developers to keep working on this app. Everyone’s contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support Threader by becoming premium or by donating on PayPal. Thank you.