Craig Burton points people to a list of links from MSDN for those who want to know more about CardSpace.
Archives for October 2006
Thomas Hawk writes “One of the most interesting things to come out of Yahoo’s earnings call with analysts yesterday was a statement by Yahoo’s COO, Daniel L. Rosenweig on Yahoo’s plans to ‘monetize’ their various social network properties. Flickr was mentioned five times on the conference call and their de.lic.io.us property was as well, after neither were mentioned in last quarter’s call. Rosenweig characterized these services as being largely unmonetized and talked about leveraging these “assets” and targeting and profiling a large growing registered audience base. It will be interesting to see how some of Yahoo’s popular web properties change through the monetization process.”
GREAT! to me this means we are going to mess up your services and fill them with advertisements. I like them because they don’t have ads. I don’t want to be ‘monetized’ as an ‘asset.’ I want to share and connect with my friends. I want to live in community and share with others. I don’t use any other Yahoo properties (because they are full of annoying adds) and really only use flickr and del.icio.us ones because I used them when they were independent. I pay for my flickr account. I will commit social network suicide if they mess them up. I bet you a lot of other people will to. We are getting to an age where we can build the open social network tool set based on open principles, open tagging. Then someone else can build tools to search across them and aggregate them. We don’t need their silo’s for our online lives.
Google is extending and integrating DodgeBall with its other services. Chris Mesina writes about it. Why should people be forced into integrating their accounts because one of the big silo’s buys them. People really don’t want to do that. Perhaps their DodgeBall persona is really different then their one for sharing spreadsheets with work colleagues. I think consumers are going to demand more choice in how they manage their online selves (personas) and that the companies that respond well will be rewarded in the market.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but now when you try to log into your favorite neighborhood spyware, you’ll be greeted by a prompt to login with either your old skool Dodgeball account credentials or your Gauth account (the one that you use for Docs, Gmail, Gcal, Orkut, or other Google Services like YouTube (whoops — did I just say YouTube?).
Should you choose to login with your Dodgeball account, you’ll then be asked what your Gauth account is… again… or to create a new one. I chose to eff it and just merge my accounts (hoping that there’s an export of my checkins to Google Earth). Now I can manage Dodgeball from Google (note the last service):
I wrote in my post about DreamForce conference about SalesForce.com that I met.
Khadijah from MassCOSH (the Massachusets Coalition for Ocupational Saftey and Health). She had a great story of frustration that speaks to the reality…she went with Drupal and and was optimistic about the potential of the platform but was totally disappointed by the tool and the ability to MAKE IT WORK well for her organizational context. As she said we are hoping this group of 19 year old developers will improve the platform…Well the fact is they haven’t really done it and disappointed a lot of folks. (I had high hopes too invested some money in customizing it for my constituents..but it never really got there). She was like SalesForce saved my ass. It is so good and I can get my 8 staff who need to use it to use it. She believes in open source still but needs it to work now…SalesForce solves that problem.
I like David Geilhufe and all that I have heard good things about CiviCRM a project he founded. I have heard developers I trust say “it is one of the best run open source projects I have ever seen.” He moved over from that project to CivicSpace and I have some hope that the fire an be stoked so the dream can be a reality.
The dream of “19 year old developers” meeting the needs of 1M+ nonprofits and a far greater number of civic and political groups is over. Now there are real companies, seasoned leaders, senior developers and private capital backing the dream.
CivicSpace reorganized in May That is why we now have CivicSpace On Demand in BETA. No downloads, no need to understand MySQL and Apache, just a focus on making complex open source work for regular people.
And that is why you will see us slowly stoke the fire that is the dream over the next years… highly affordable, nonprofit-centric open source solutions delivered by a sustainable ecology. The perfect solution isn’t here today. But with a community of supporters, a pretty great open source solution will be here tomorrow.
Managing Partner, CivicSpace