ShakesPoint: What Would the Bard Say About SharePoint?

  • 30-Sep-2013

Could a brilliant and resourceful guy like William Shakespeare have made good use of SharePoint? Well, evidently a big challenge in Elizabethan theater was copying and distributing scripts to all the actors, who needed to rely on long-term memory (or a stage prompter) in the absence of their own copies to study.

What a perfect fit for SharePoint!

Moderated collaboration! Single source of the truth! Role-based access! Entire document libraries to stow works in progress! A snappy rich text editor to produce sonnets even faster than MVPs (Most Valuable Poets) can interpret them! A mobile web interface to study lines while plowing the fields! And we can finally disintermediate that pesky prompter bloke!

Shakespeare's MyPage...

Shakespeare would doubtless have found deep tragedy and comedy in SharePoint, though perhaps not in equal measure. Herewith are twenty things he might have said.

Click the [ + ] before each to view the original, pre-SharePoint era quotations.

Twenty Shakespeare quote about SharePoint

[ + ] God has given you one site collection, and you make yourself another.

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

[ + ] A pox on both your home pages!

A pox on both your houses! or... A plague on both your houses!

[ + ] Your browser doth protest too much, methinks.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

[ + ] When a supervisor follows his employee's activity stream, both laugh; when an employee follows his supervisor's, both cry.

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

[ + ] To thine own community site be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be found by any other colleagues.

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

[ + ] Newsgator, Newsgator... Wherefore art thou Newsgator?

Romeo, Romeo... Wherefore art thou Romeo?

[ + ] The course of true adoption never did run smooth.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

[ + ] Once more unto the security breach, dear friends, once more!

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!

[ + ] Now is the Windows Mobile of our discontent.

Now is the winter of our discontent

[ + ] False search results must hide what the false index doth know.

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

[ + ] Office 365 should be made of sterner stuff.

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

[ + ] If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which disk array will fill up and which will not, speak then unto me.

If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.

[ + ] The undiscovered document library from whose bourn no search result returns.

The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.

[ + ] Something is rotten in Yammer's datacenter.

Something is rotten in the state of denmark.

[ + ] Brevity is the soul of CSS.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

[ + ] Be not afraid of Excel 2013: some are born to excel, some achieve excellence and some have Excel Services thrust upon them.

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.

[ + ] What a piece of work is a Web Part!

What a piece of work is a man!

[ + ] All the world's a staging server.

All the world's a stage.

[ + ] Synching is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night and try tomorrow.

Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

[ + ] To do our company loss; and if to live,
The fewer developers, the greater share of honour...
And gentlemen still using Lotus now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That migrated to 2013 with us upon Saint Ballmer's day!

To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour...
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

 

Act Six...

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