Did someone steal the meme?

“has someone stolen your meme?” was the DM I got last night. I thought about that for a few moments, can someone steal a meme? Surely the idea is a meme has a life of its own?

The CMS twiterarty have had various memes over the last year or so. Evil man Kas Thomas (note, I can’t call him an Evil Genius BTW) started it all with his CMS Vendor Meme, then recently we have had the Laurence Hart’s CMS Origins meme.
Around the end of July I started the Future of Content Management meme which a number of us answered (not all I noticed!). We reached no conclusion and why would we? The future is not so easy to read as all that… so when I saw this my heart skipped a beat. Not only is it not tagged correctly but it does not even mention the original post! So what happened, was it stolen or not?

To be honest I can’t see what came first, but judging by Irina’s post on CMS Wire being the first to mention the summit then I have month lead on that. I even checked the page source of the summit website to see if there was a first published date, but that revealed nothing more than a lack of metatags.

I can imagine that Day wants to discuss the future of content management with its customers, it is a fantastic idea. I don’t agree that Day is it, but their customers bought the software so I think for them it probably is the future. And before anyone mentions it, I don’t think _any_ vendor is the future.

Of course, I do not own the future of content management but it does make you think. I feel a little like the boy in the school yard who just had his lunch money stolen.

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3 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Jules,

    As far as I am concerned the future of content management meme is rightfully yours. (No, you’re right, I haven’t participated 😉 Yes, I think I was one of the earlies in covering the summit. But still… Day, ever heard of publish date metadata? 😉

    Day used a catchy marketing tagline, IMO, for the summit promotion campaign — sure. Perhaps, inspired by your idea…

    But, for the love of 6f82f1d2683dc522545efe863e5d2b73, I would agree with you that no current vendor = the future of content management.


  2. Hi Jules,

    As I usually quote…

    “Imitation is the most honest form of flattery.”


    .ps: I have no idea on timelines and who came up with what, but if it helps you puzzle things together, according to the audit log the first publish date of http://www.day.com/summit was at 24-jul-2009, 05:34:18 EDT 😉

  3. Hi David, thanks for commenting.

    I don’t mind even if it were reused, afterall we are in the content reuse business 🙂

    PS the 24 was the same day I posted the meme ( rofl ). Great minds think alike?

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