Social networking project, Diaspora that was started in April by four
students from NYU’s Courant Institute with the goal to protect people’s
privacy has now released its source code to developers. Inspired by a need to
address the security concerns that many have had with respect to Facebook,
the Diaspora software is touted as a potential safer Facebook alternative.
Unlike Facebook, it is based on a decentralized network that allows users to
put up their personal information such as photos and updates on their own web
server called “seed”. This then can be shared with chosen friends thereby
giving them total control over the data. As of now Diaspora supports upload
of photos & albums. All traffic except photos is currently signed and
Work is underway to also provide users with the option to use a third party
hosted service as opposed to their own seed. T... (more)
Speaking Thursday in Tokyo at The New Context Conference 2010, the founder of
Twitter, Biz Stone (pictured), put onto the record two sentences that will
stand the test of time in the era of social computing:
"Twitter isn't a triumph of technology it's a triumph of humanity. A more
connected world leads to a more empathic world."
Interestingly, Stone makes this observation in the self-same week that saw
the sale of TechCrunch, Inc. to New York-based AOL - triggering a spate of
commentaries along the lines of This Is the Death of Independent Blogging.
Is this an inflexion point? Hell, yes. And a big one. This week is also the
week in which, as Guy Kawasaki reminds us, that Twitter's traffic overtook
that of MySpace.
So what is going on? Why is independent blogging being characterized as dying
at the very moment that tweeting is becoming as natural a part of the
First came Tunisia's "Jasmine Revolution" and now we have the "#Jan25
Uprising" - the world's first revolution named for a Twitter hash tag.
Calling it the "Twitter Revolution" misses the beauty of the hash tag itself,
and besides what would one then call the upcoming social unrest in other Arab
States? So-called "hashtag dates" are already being planned for the Arab
world: Sudan #Jan30, Yemen #Feb3, Syria #Feb5, Algeria #Feb12 and Bahrain
Photo by Arabist, via TwitPic
I am not the only one who argues that "Twitter Revolution" is not the right
term. Ulyses Mejias has written vehemently that "...[I]t is [absurd] to refer
to events in Iran, Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere as the Twitter Revolution,
the Facebook Revolution, and so on." And he is right. Let me quickly just
give the floor to Mejias, since he in turn is generous enough to note that
things can sometime... (more)
Since the very beginnings of trade and commerce, it has been a commonality
that most information exchange between buyer and seller, customer and
business, was treated as a discrete, confidential, and almost intimate
affair. Trust was earned, not given.
Consider the not so distant history of the local American bank. Banks have
been collecting personal information about their customers for decades,
harkening back to consultations over a notepad, paper deposit slips, and
hand-written applications. The reputations of applicant and banker, buyer and
seller, were local reputations, with personal and professional references
limited to the confines of the community and the reality of proximity.
Banks large and small managed piecemeal, disconnected snapshots of personal
information in random, unstructured, and ultimately inefficient processes
that took place without fanfare... (more)
Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the
Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily
thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind
mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that another prism
through which to view cloud computing might be that of people rather than
Now Michael Sheehan has encouraged me to Just Do It, so let me get
started...as per the previous Top Cloud Players list, this list will a
work-in-progress and is totally porous, so don't hesitate to ping or tweet me
if there are folks I have missed. In particular if you are a journalist whose
"beat" is Cloud Computing, please let's be hearing from you, and we can maybe
widen this list from Cloud Bloggers to Cloud Commentators. For now though
let's get started. In alphabetical order - to av... (more)
Actually, it isn't funny it is kind of sad at the number of organizations
who still don't understand the value of social media marketing. I have
probably met with a dozen companies, founders and senior level executives who
have all said. "I don't get it" or "Our company isn't ready for social media"
or worse yet just aren't capitalizing on the social media programs they
already have in place. So here are 5 misconceptions about social media
1.) It is a stand alone marketing program - Wrong. Social media is a
complimentary marketing option to help supplement and promote existing
marketing programs. I once suggested that we had a 15 second video to a
webinar invite with the speaker telling the audience what they were being
invited to. the result was extrodinary and one of our highest performing lead
generation efforts we ever put together. twice as many peo... (more)
There is a of excitement in the air about Microsoft's Office 365 offering.
Apart from the traditional view of reduction in licensing cost and no Upgrade
issues which the SaaS basically offers, we can also derive some enterprise
benefits from it if all the partners and ISV support the same. This one is
one such pattern.
Office 365 provides anywhere access to email, documents, contacts, and
calendars so you're always up-to-date. From scheduling to interactive online
meetings to sharing files, you're uniting cloud-based services with the
productivity tools people use every day.
At this time , Office 365 will be Microsoft's flagship SaaS offering with :
Office Professional Plus Exchange Online Sharepoint Online Lync Online
The Windows Azure platform is poised to radically change the way Microsoft
architects and developers think about building and ... (more)
The New York Times is reporting that Goldman Sachs has invested $450 million
in Facebook, with the Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, which
has already invested $500 million in Facebook, investing $50 million more.
The new half-billion round of investment, says the Times, values the company
at $50 billion.
The news comes just days after Facebook overtook Google as the most visited
Web site in 2010, according to the Internet tracking firm Experian Hitwise.
It's no secret that today's IT professionals need to help their organizations
capture, track, analyze and share more information than ever before. From
mass quantities of transactional data, Web data, and huge and growing volumes
of "machine-generated" information, such as sensor and log data, volumes are
expanding into the terabyte (and even the petabyte) range. At the same time,
the way end users consume information is rapidly changing. Thanks to
innovators like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, social computing technologies
are spreading like wildfire, and companies are starting to look at how to
harness social networks, blogs, wikis and more to share business intelligence
and collaborate more effectively. As the data center strains under the need
for more storage and faster performance (all while keeping costs in check,)
cloud computing, open source technologies a... (more)
A keystone to Cloud 2.0 is Cloud Identity – Common identity systems for
single sign-on across Cloud as well as internal applications.
Implementing Cloud Identity best practices is achieved through ‘IDaaS’
– Identity as a Service, one of the services on our Roadmap.
A great example is this recent press release from NASA, about their use of
‘PIV’ technologies to secure their move to Google apps, and these are
best practices defined in detail @ IDmanagement.gov.
Furthermore there is OMB M-11-11, which is a Whitehouse memo increasing the
pressure to be implementing the HSPD-12 program, the Homeland Security
Presidential Directive 12. This calls for use of identity technologies to
better secure government systems, most notably ‘PIV’ (Personal Identity
Verification) smartcards and associated key developments like PIV
These developments ... (more)
Was there some bias as to what got said on Twitter on the night of the
Twitter needs to be able to handle large volumes and if they can't, they
cannot say that they are providing any accurate public barometer on something
as important as a Presidential debate.
On the last Presidential debate (with Crowley as moderator), I wanted to send
a comment out as I was watching the debates and got tangled up on Twitter
(this was about 8:50 p.m. Central Time). Evidently, the Twitter "Cloud" was
deluged with tweets and they had a hard time handling it.
There was a rush to submit tweets to Twitter that night while the debates
were going on and some perspectives ran into a bottleneck. Based on running
into a bottleneck to post a tweet, I would say that all perspectives
presented on Twitter were not equally balanced.
Had to Re-Try Several Times to Get In
I tried getting ... (more)