A Big Sony Thanks

by Team Sony 11/21/2007

With all the holiday travel and turkeys being basted, it seems fitting to take a moment at this time of the year to extend a big round of thanks.

To begin, I have so many folks within the world of Sony to thank for supporting me with the launch of this blog. This blog is a first for Sony and, while it has a lot of room to grow, we are indeed off and running. And even though our Chairman Sir Howard Stringer didn’t see me as a “mad blogger,” he was among the first to offer his support. Then our U.S. President Stan Glasgow stepped up and provided his encouragement. At this point, there was no turning back.

My team has also been terrific. One of the blog moderators, Marcy Cohen, who has been here from the start, has turned social media and this blog into a crusade within Sony. And the other moderator, Jennifer Peterson, has brought her youthful energy and open-mindedness to the process that has helped make it a whole lot of fun. I also want to thank our initial guest-bloggers, including Marcy, Mark Weir, Mark Hanson, Mike Kahn, Brennan Mullin and Dave Migdal.

I also want to give a big thanks to Josh Bernoff a leading industry analyst at Forrester who provided criticism, suggestions and encouragement very early on. In addition I have been really pleased by some of the news media reactions to the blog, including Business Week, The Boston Globe, PR Week and a variety of other journals. Plus, I’d like to thank some of my fellow bloggers out there, who have put some of my thoughts on their blogs.

I’d like to thank each and every one of you who have taken a few minutes to visit (and revisit) the blog. The numbers indicate that there have been tens (closing in on hundreds) of thousands of visitors to the site from all over the world. I especially want to thank those of you like Stan M., Clint, El Ferrari and more, who have offered your comments on the blog, giving me and my Sony colleagues a lot to think about. 

I hope this blog is helping to make Sony just a bit more human. I know that it’s got my juices flowing. Thanks again.


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  1. guest_user wrote: November 21, 2007 8:11pm

    Indeed; whilst this is not exactly a Sony Alpha dSLR blog, the topic has been brought up and discussed a several-fold more than anything else.

    I believe that this is the closest that any dSLR maker has come to an open and direct channel of communication with their customers. This fact has not gone
    unmissed by many photographers using the Sony Alpha system, and many of us have become frequent visitors to this blog.

    It is fantastic and very brave that Sony has done this.

    I hope to see Sony blogging more in the future, and I will be watching out for your reports from both from PMA and CES 2008.

    p.s. Our very own Sony Alpha blog would not go amiss :o)

  2. guest_user wrote: November 24, 2007 12:02am

    Dear Rick,
    Thanks so much for recognizing your blog readers and commentators! I also wanted to extend my thankfulness to Sony for creating this blog as a way to reach thousands of Sony enthusiasts and anyone else who is interested in new tech trends. It is a great beginning and a link to show that Sony is Really Like No Other.
    I hope some day I would represent Sony and be a lucky employee of this great Corporation that believes in originality of ideas and “do what has never been done before”.
    Happy Holidays!
    Stan M. aka Stan Medvedenko (VAIO Connoisseur)

  3. guest_user wrote: November 30, 2007 12:28pm

    Nice Article…I love sony products so much better than panasonic!

  4. guest_user wrote: December 14, 2007 4:57pm

    I was so immersed in writing I didn’t notice this until now . . . thanks for the shout-out, Rick. We loved working with you.

  5. guest_user wrote: December 23, 2007 8:48pm


    I have been shooting professionally for about ten years now.

    I was a Minolta man and slowly built up my buisness and equipment over the years.

    It went from hobby, to sideline, to fulltime, to nothing, thanks to Hurricane Katrina removing everything….well yeah everything!

    I purchases the Sony R1 after the hurricane. It was the best camera for the money I had and a Minolta Decendant.

    I still love the R1 and use it every day however, it is what it is and I cant tell you how many times I wanted to reach into my bag for a diffrent lens.

    I am finally in the possition to upgrade and on 12-18-07 ordered the a700 from sonystyle.

    Well read on, this is a copy of the letter I sent to customer service about ten minuites ago.

    Responces welcome.

    I very recently ordered $3,837.45 worth of sony products. I placed this order on 12/18/2007 with two day delivery, plenty of time to recieve it before

    The Sony digital SLR Alpha 700 kit with two lenses and over twothousand dollars worth of accessories.

    The only thing out of stock when I ordered was a ten dollar eyecup for the camera.

    I recieved the delevery which was short one eyecup plus the camera with two lenses.

    I then inquired to customer care who could not give me an answer as to the whereabouts of my camera which still at this moment says “IN STOCK” and available for delivery by 12/24/2007 on the sony style website.

    The response I recieved the next day from sony was the cancelation of my order because you could not advise me of an estimated ship date.

    The rest of my order (completly useless without a camera) made it here ontime. The camera is in stock according to your website.

    Oh and my $1,673.33 has not been refunded so I can purchase a camera somewhere else thus, effectivly ruining my Christmass.

    So my question is, What next?

    When do I recieve my refund? or Are you going to make me wait untill St Patrick’s Day for a camera?

    I purchased my Sony R1 through another seller and never had a complaint until now.

    I have $2163.12 of usless glass without a camera and I have no idea what you are going to pull next.

    How about a little heads up?


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