April 23, 2008
I’d like to point everyone to the DataPortability “Six Months Strong” Announcement. It includes information about our key milestones and announcements over the last 6 months – yes, including a new logo and website.
Thank you all for your kind support and participation over the last six months. I look forward to seeing us further develop, refine and evangelize our best practice recommendations over the next six months.
You can find the announcement here.
April 17, 2008
The conference that stated it all is back in town next week. Regardless of what you think of the term, it’s the place to be to see all your favorite people in one place. Let me know if you are going to be there – will be great to catch up with some people!
Sounds like there might also be a DataPortability meetup happening at the same time too!
April 16, 2008
As you may have heard on Techcrunch today, Michael Arrington, Heather Harde and the TechCrunch team are donating USD$6,625 to the DataPortability project.
I’d like to add a public thanks to them for this kind gesture in help us to host and encourage the data portability discussion and the eventual DataPortability set of Best Practices.
Since the announcement we have some additional offers of sponsorship for the project and I will be getting back to you all as soon as I can.
We will be setting up a legal entity and a council to decide how the money is used. As usual we will be keeping everything as transparent as possible and making sure the community has maximum input.
April 15, 2008
The vote for the new DataPortability logo is now open – get in and get voting!
For some history on the competition you can read my previous post.
A huge thanks to everyone involved – they are all listed on the voting page itself so I wont repeat them here. In addition to those listed on the vote page, I’d also like to add my personal thanks to Brady Brim-DeForest, Elias Bizannes, Navarr Barnier, Phil Wolff and the DataPortability community.
The logo will be revealed soon after votes are tallied.
April 9, 2008
David Recordon has a very clever observation over on the O’Reilly blog about the Google App Engine potentially marginalizing both OpenSocial and Facebook Platform.
I think he might be right. Long term, the goal of most App developers should not be to develop gadgets in containers, but rather to build first class applications on the ultimate platform of all, the Web.
With tools like Amazon Web-Services and Google App Engine reducing infrastructure and scale costs even further, an emerging data interoperability layer via DataPortability and an increasing desire to add social functionality to most apps and services, the future looks bright.
I look forward to the day when I can use my best-of-breed applications (such as Flickr for photos – and now video!, Twitter for status updates, Ma.gnolia for Bookmarks and Google Docs for document collaboration) all backed by my personal, universal address book. My personal social network.
Combine everyone’s address book together and you get what you get is what Tim Berners-Lee calls the Giant Global Graph.
The opportunity for Myspace, Facebook and other large social networks? Continue to provide a simple user experience for the mainstream in the mean time, and evolve quickly into an Identity Provider and social hub of the future.