Southwest Airlines has launched a blog as part of their Web strategy. This is an interesting example of how companies are trying to use newer forms of community generated content to help position their product. Southwest which has always tried to differentiate itself by its “happy” employees, is using the Blog to allow pilots, flight attendants, airport employees and management to express a point of view. Will other travel suppliers also create their own blogs? The biggest fear of any supplier is that the vocal minority of angry customers will take over the blog and thus cause some bad PR. This concern is justified, but overlooks the fact that the Web has already enabled dissatisfied customers to voice their opinions (e.g. Trip Advisor, IgoUgo). As consumer generated content becomes more ingrained into the buying process, providing an outlet for consumers through a supplier generated blog begins to make more sense, if it truly empowers consumers to have a direct dialog with management. If the blob ends up being simply a PR mechanism, it will have limited impact on shaping the consumer opinion and could ultimately anger consumers who want to express their views.