Tag Archives: David Recordon

An Awesome Social Web Foo Camp

Back in the office after an awesome Social Web Foo Camp on the O’Reilly Media campus in Sebastopol. The event came off perfectly, with great people, fantastic weather, and flawless logistics. Thanks to the O’Reilly team and to David Recordon, Dave Morin, and Scott Kveton for organizing and hosting such a great event. Conversations at Foo are covered under “frieND”-A, so I didn’t live-blog or take notes. But I did take a few photos, and thought I would share them to provide a window into the nature of this very special gathering. We have made so much progress toward an open and interoperable Social Web since the first Social Foo Camp, last February, and this event did nothing to dampen my optimism for the coming months.

Setting up tents

Dinner on the lawn

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony


Tent city

Social OS?


Reflection of the world

Death Star

Sunday chillin'

Closing ceremony

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On OpenID Gaining Momentum: 30,000 Sites, Half a Billion Accounts

Two nice pieces yesterday on how OpenID picked up steam in 2008. David Recordon’s post at OpenID.net is simply entitled 2008:Momentum. It offers a great review of the progress made last year:

2008 was an awesome year for OpenID where the community created significant momentum moving toward mainstream adoption. No, not every site on the web is using OpenID nor does every consumer know what OpenID does, but last year alone the number of sites that accept OpenID for sign in more than tripled1. Today, there are over thirty-thousand publicly accessible sites supporting OpenID for sign in and well over half a billion OpenID enabled accounts.

He supports the claim of momentum with no fewer than 11 proof points!

The other post is from Wired.com’s Michael Calore, entitled Want Proof OpenID Can Succeed? Just Scroll Down. David Recorodon and I are both quoted in the piece. Michael focused on the traction OpenID is showing in the area of blog commenting, which led to this great quote from David:

“Blog commenting is not a niche,” he says. “Social activity on blogs in total dwarfs social activity on any particular social network.”
“If anything, the success of OpenID and Facebook Connect in situations such as commenting on blogs, coupled with a number of high-profile sites, will continue pushing this idea toward a mainstream audience that cares about being able to easily sign in, find people they know, and share what they’re doing on the web.”

Let’s hope that the incredible gains OpenID made in 2008 will be matched and exceeded in 2009. With strong support from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, Six Apart, Plaxo and more than 30,000 other sites, I think that’s fairly likely.

Also worth checking out is David’s other recent post, this one at Six Apart’s blog, detailing enhancements to Typepad Connect, with expanded support for OpenID, including user-friendly click-the-logo sign-in via Google and Yahoo accounts!

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A New Episode of The Social Web TV: “Starting 2009 with a Bang”

We delayed last week’s shooting of the Social Web TV by a day, so that we could discuss Thursday evening’s Activity Streams Meetup. The episode is now up, and it’s practically bursting at the seams with open Social Web goodness. Chris Messina, David Recordon, Joseph Smarr and I are all on hand to discuss lots of recent news, doing mashups right, and the Activity Streams Meetup. Check it out:

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Live from the PortableContacts Hackathon

Inspired by the great energy at the PortableContacts Hackathon. About 15 folks, passionate about fleshing out the open-spec building blocks and putting them into action. I think they’ll be some great demos tomorrow at the PortableContacts Summit!

Thanks to David Recordon and Six Apart for hosting and to Joseph Smarr of Plaxo for leading the event.

From the PortableContacts Hackathon

From the PortableContacts Hackathon

From the PortableContacts Hackathon

From the PortableContacts Hackathon

PortableContacts Portable Keg

PortableContacts Hackathon

Kevin Marks, Patrick Chanezon, Joseph Smarr

PortableContacts Hackathon

PortableContacts Hackathon

PortableContacts Hackathon

PortableContacts Hackathon


David has a nice writeup on the Hackathon at O’Reilly Radar.

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Announcing “Episode IV: A New Hope”

Are you ready for another episode of The Social Web TV? What better way to end the week? Well, it’s here, “Episode IV: A New Hope“. We welcome a new panelist, Chris Messina, and discuss the growing set of open spec building blocks for the Social Web, including microformats, OpenID, and OAuth.

A New Hope

Defending the Open Specs

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An Historic Week for the Social Web

Episode 3, Live from F8

Wow, what an historic week for the opening up of the Social Web! MySpace confirmed that they will become an implementer of OpenID. Facebook shared their passion for bring social to all of the Web, and shared some details on Facebook Connect at the second annual F8 developer conference. And up at OSCON, David Recordon announced the formation of the Open Web Foundation.

David, Joseph Smarr, and I share our perspective in the highest energy episode so far of our Internet show, The Social Web TV.

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My Big Prediction for 2008: A Mid-Year Check-In

Will 2008 be the year in which we shift from the “walled garden” model of social networking to a more open and Internet-oriented approach of the “Social Web”?

That was certainly my prediction in a December, 2007 post, entitled Why I Love Facebook and a Prediction for 2008. What I said then:

Mark Zuckerberg and team have built a really great experimental testbed that shows us what can happen when you mash up applications and the “social graph.” When you bring who-you-know to a web application, it gets turbocharged and transformed. It’s so exciting to watch Facebook’s innovation, from the News Feed, to the F8 platform play, and now to the bold (albeit controversial) Beacon initiative.

But what happens as these ideas get turned into capabilities of the web itself, thanks to a combination of community efforts and commercial efforts like Google’s OpenSocial? Here’s my prediction: in 2008, we will see the true beginnings of the “Social Web,” as open and vibrant as when the first incarnation of the Web that emerged in 1994 and 1995.

In Internet time, that prediction was ages ago. Things have been happening so rapidly that I confess I missed the literal halfway mark. But before the month of July is finished, I thought I should take stock of my prediction and see whether I am likely to be proven correct (or whether I need to begin hoping for a year-end miracle).

So, what has transpired since my prediction? Here are some of the major milestones on the road from last year to the Social Web:

– January 3: “Scoblegate” kicks off the debate over who owns your friends list
– January 8: Google, Facebook, and Plaxo joined the Data Portability Working Group
– January 17: Yahoo! gave support to OpenID, a “massive win for the project
– February 1: Google launches Brad Fitzpatrick’s Social Graph API
– March 5: Google launches Contacts Data address book API
– March 19: The Economist makes opening the Social Web a mainstream topic
– March 25: Microsoft launches the Live Contacts address book API with Facebook
– April 15: Facebook totally “gets” the Social Web; becomes an “aggregator”
– April 24: Joseph Smarr articulates a comprehensive vision for the Social Web
– May 8: MySpace announces “Data Availability,” kicking off an “open” wave”
– May 9: Facebook announces “Facebook Connect,” saying “watch this space”
– May 12: Google launches “Friend Connect,” to “socially-enable” any website
– May 15: Joseph Smarr discusses Portable Contacts initiative publicly
– June 4: Yahoo! launches their address book API
– June 11: A “Social Graph Provider” was spotted in the wild
– June 26: MySpace ships Data Availability
– July 11: Joseph, David, and I launch Episode 1 of “The Social Web TV”

From my perspective in the middle of all of this is that the pace is picking up. I think all of the major players are now racing to “out-open” each other. Why? Because we’ve all see this movie before, and we know how it ends. And nobody wants to end up as the Compuserve or Prodigy of the 21st Century.

So, I’m cautiously optimistic that my prediction for 2008 will come true. In fact, I think the next few weeks will give us all a reason to believe. Stay tuned.

Also, if I missed anything on my list that you think is an important milestone, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

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Announcing Episode 1 of The Social Web TV


We just uploaded Episode 1, “Time to Get Pushy.” Check it out!

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Looking Forward: Taking it to the Streets


It’s official. I’m launching a “tv” show, along with Joseph Smarr, David Recordon, and Chris Messina. It will be called, “The Social Web.” (TV!)

The first episode is going to air a week from tomorrow.

Yep. There’s a lot still to work out, but I hope you tune in. Our goal is to help mainstream Internet users feel connected to the mission of opening up th social web.

You can check out the pilot here.

Oh, yeah. And please leave comments suggesting topics or guests you’d like ti see!

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