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Why Facebook isn't the best home for your public events

By Jon Udell
June 9, 2011

Organizations should strive to own and control their online identities (and associated data) to the extent they can.

Why Facebook isn't the best home for your public events

Why Facebook isn't the best home for your public events
By Jon Udell
June 9, 2011

Organizations should strive to own and control their online identities (and associated data) to the extent they can.

How will the elmcity service scale? Like the web!

By Jon Udell
December 22, 2010

A blog feed is just a special kind of web page. Anybody can create a blog and publish its feed at some URL. Why not calendars too?

Personal data stores and pub/sub networks

Personal data stores and pub/sub networks
By Jon Udell
September 22, 2010

Most people and organizations think of the calendar information they push as text for people to read. Few realize it's also data networks can syndicate. When that mindset changes, a river of data will be unleashed.

Amazon, Zappos and Buying What You Can’t Compete Against

By Joshua-Michele Ross
July 24, 2009

Amazon bought Zappos. At first I was a bit surprised. Like an aging celebrity going to the “big theater in the sky” it is unexpected when you first hear about it - but upon reflection not surprising at all. It smacks of inevitability. Amazon has consistently displayed a genius for pushing the boundaries of their business - for syndicating their...

AmaZappos or ZappoZon? Amazon, Zappos and Buying What You Can’t Compete Against

By Joshua-Michele Ross
July 24, 2009

Amazon bought Zappos. At first I was a bit surprised. Like an aging celebrity going to the “big theater in the sky” it is unexpected when you first hear about it - but upon reflection not surprising at all. It smacks of inevitability. Amazon has consistently displayed a genius for pushing the boundaries of their business - for syndicating their...

Google Voice Set to Transform the Phone

Google Voice Set to Transform the Phone
By Kurt Cagle
March 12, 2009

In 2007, Google acquired the Grand Central Service, a VOIP based service that let users take advantage of a single phone number that could be used to forward to other phones, to record conversations and so forth. This service has been under the radar for some time, but today Google announced the new Google Voice, a free service based upon Grand Central that will debut in the next several weeks to new users.

WebHooks, Syndication and the Programmable Web

WebHooks, Syndication and the Programmable Web
By Kurt Cagle
February 19, 2009

A friend of mine, NASA systems analyst Joshua McKenty, dropped a note recently in my twitter feed about WebHooks, and why they're superior to syndication as a mechanism for building cross-server applications. While I have run into webhooks periodically in the last couple of years and been intrigued by them, Josh's comments made me go back and really think about them again. While I think that there are still a number of issues to be resolved, overall, I'm beginning to think that he may be right.

Analysis 2009: Syndication forms the backbone of the Writable Web

By Kurt Cagle
January 6, 2009

The syndication model has long been a major facet of the way that the web works, but for the most part its been a largely single direction notification mechanism - you publish content, this updates a syndication queue, then...

Announcing the 2008 O'Reilly Reader Survey

By chromatic
October 28, 2008

We spend a lot of time updating our site, and we spend a lot of time agonizing over which book or article or course to feature where. Yet there's one question we need to ask regularly. How do you find what's most useful and interesting?

Hurricane Ike Blows in New Approaches to Social Tech

Hurricane Ike Blows in New Approaches to Social Tech
By Kurt Cagle
September 14, 2008

One hundred and eight years after a storm that wiped Galveston off the map, Hurricane Ike made landfall over Galveston and Houston to the northwest. While the winds were not as strong, the eye of the storm had pressures more closely associated with a Class 4 hurricane than a strong Class 2. The island was hit with a storm surge of roughly 13 feet, enough to smash houses, cover roads with debris (including large boats) and leave the downtown area under up to as much as seven feet of water at one point.


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