Looking at Digg page on Microsoft I just found an interesting article written on One Microsoft Way, the column about Microsoft on ArsTechnica.
The article, titled "A good question: Where ARE the Microsoft fanboys?" is an answer to another article written on Information Week a few days before: Why Doesn't Microsoft Have A Cult Religion?
A person who is completely loyal to a game or company regardless of if they suck or not.
Fanboy is a term used to describe an individual ... who is utterly devoted to a single fannish subject, or to a single point of view within that subject, often to the point where it is considered an obsession. Fanboys remain loyal to their particular obsession, disregarding any factors that differ from their point of view. Fanboys are also typically aggressive and hateful towards the opposing brand or competition of their obsession regardless of its merits or achievements.
In religion and sociology, a cult is a term designating a cohesive group of people ... devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding culture or society considers to be outside the mainstream. Its status may come about either due to its novel belief system, its idiosyncratic practices, its perceived harmful effects on members, or because its perceived opposition to the interests of the mainstream culture.
In common usage "cult" has a negative connotation and is generally applied to a group by opponents for a variety of reasons.
1 a system of religious worship directed towards a particular figure or object.
2 a small religious group regarded as strange or as imposing excessive control over members.
3 something popular or fashionable among a particular section of society.
My question is: since these words both have a negative connotation, is it such a problem that Microsoft doesn't have fanboys?
Is it good for a company to have followers that scream and shout excited for everything that comes out? or maybe it's better to have users that can see problems, raise an hand, and signal the problem (like it happened with Linq2Entities and DLinq)?
He is right, Microsoft doesn't have fanboys among the general PC user: I think my mother, my brother don't have the knowledge to be a fan of any technology as long it allows them to send email, play games, browse the Internet and doesn't require a BA in Computer Science to install or make it run.
Linux, Java have fanboys among the users because their users are also developers or into IT at some degree, and, as MS developer are, they are excited about the technologies they use to accomplish their jobs, but in my opinion Microsoft developer are a bit less fannish... which, IMHO, its not that bad.
What do you think? Is it good or bad not to have MS fanboys?
PS: emphasis in the citations added by me.