I wanted to let everyone know that I will be speaking at the Community 2.0 conference on May 13-14 in Las Vegas. I will be joining Silona Bonewald, Bill Johnston, and whurley on a panel about reputation systems: What Do These Points Really Mean? The Pros and Cons of Reputation Systems. If you are interested in attending, I can give you a discount code good for 20% off. A discount AND cool people talking about community AND Las Vegas … how can you beat that?
Leave a comment or send me an email to get the discount code. I hope to see you there!
the inclusion of Joseph Smarr (Plaxo), Brad Fitzpatrick (Google) and Benjamin Ling (Facebook) to the DataPortability Workgroup.
Quoted from: Chris Saad (one of the drivers behind dataportability.org) on the Particls.Blog
Marshall Kirkpatrick added some additional insight into this announcement on ReadWriteWeb:
The non-participation of Google and Facebook, two companies that hold more user data and do more with it than almost any other consumer service on the market, was the biggest stumbling block to the viability of the project. These are two of the most important companies in recent history – what’s being decided now is whether they will be walled-garden, data-horders or truly open platforms tied into a larger ecosystem of innovation with respect for user rights and sensible policies about data.
If these industry titans can put aside their rivalry and work together – magic could happen. Hopefully they can work appropriately with the other members of the working group, bleeding edge consultants and representatives of smaller and in many cases more user-centric companies. If so, perhaps we can move appropriately into a future of powerful personalization and logically augmented activity online – while avoiding Minority Report-style dystopian scenarios.
Innovation on the internet is in its early, early days. The participation of representatives from Google and Facebook in this initiative could prove key in the continued development of what’s possible, instead of the early suffocation of what could have been.
Quoted from ReadWriteWeb
I have blogged here many times about the idea of online identity, but the potential for data portability that has been more of hope than a reality until now. I already use ClaimID as my primary OpenID provider. Ideally, I would love to manage my identity through an OpenID provider of my choice, but with more options to carry some of my data around the internet along with this identity. I hope to eventually be able to have a centrally managed picture, bio, profile information, and more that I can choose to share with online social networking sites (like Facebook) allowing me to maintain better control over my information and manage changes. Changing basic information (job change, phone number, etc.) can be a really labor intensive task for me. I remember going through this recently when I joined Jive in May. I would be willing to bet that you can still find old profiles on web 2.0 sites that still have me listed as working at Compiere or even Intel!
Data portability is one of the biggest problems that web 2.0 companies and users face, and I have been following dataportability.org with interest, but a healthy amount of skepticism. With the addition of Google and Facebook, I have much more confidence that we will start to see this hope move closer to the reality of data portability over time.
Jive has been focused for years on building our products using existing standards, and we are excited about what this might mean for Clearspace and other products. You can read Sam Lawrence’s perspective on this discussion and what it might mean to Jive over on the Jive Talks blog.
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w00t! Jive Software’s Clearspace X just won the Best Community Platform award from InfoWorld! You can read their full review on the InfoWorld site. This is no surprise to me. We power the 2 communities that I manage, Jivespace and Ignite Realtime, on Clearspace X.
Did you know that you can get a free license for Clearspace X if you are a non-commercial open source project or developer group? This is one of the cool parts of my of my job … I get to give people free software
I released the fourth Fast Wonder Community Podcast today, The Role of Community Managers. In this podcast, I talk about the community manager role and the skills required to manage online communities. Listen to the podcast to learn more.
If you have any suggestions for people you would like to see interviewed on a future podcast, please let me know!
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This episode contains the last of four recordings made during a recent discussion I led at the December Portland Web Innovators meeting. In this podcast, I talk about the community manager role and the skills required to manage online communities.
I am planning to switch to an interview format (via skype), so if you are doing something really cool with your online community, please let me know! I am open to suggestions for potential interviews.
You can also subscribe to the Fast Wonder Community Podcast via iTunes.
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We have some really amazing proposals for Ignite Portland so far, but we are looking for more!
If you had five minutes to talk to Portland what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Launch a web site? Teach a hack? Talk about recent learnings, successes, failures? Fill out our presentation submission form to submit your talk. We are looking for talks that will inspire and teach, not recruiting or product pitches.
Raven Zachary just launched a really cool new project yesterday, Portland on Fire: a daily discovery of PDX people. The idea is to profile one interesting person a day from Portland (not just techies, either) with information about how to connect with that person. I was lucky enough to be the second profile featured on the site.
If you are interested in participating, you can fill out the form and answer a few simple questions about yourself. You even get to choose some of the questions!
So, if you ever wanted to know what I was like as child, what my personal interests are, or what I like most about Portland, you should take a look at my profile on Portland on Fire!
I thought it would be good to do a year in the life of Dawn for 2007. What the hell, everyone else is doing one, so I will jump on the trend.
As I think about 2007, I can’t help but be a bit surprised by how much fun and excitement I was able to cram into a single year!
2007: Non-Stop Excitement:
- Organized a whole bunch of Portland BarCamp Meetups
- Decided to sell my house in Hillsboro, and Todd and I moved to the hip (or hippie) neighborhood of Hawthorne to be within walking distance of my favorite restaurants, book stores, groceries, and more. We love it here, and it is a much better fit for us than the suburbs!
- Attended my first sxsw to be on an open source panel and was also able to attend the Austin BarCamp at the same time.
- Launched the Fast Wonder blog (an evolution of my older Open Culture blog, which evolved out of my Open Source culture blog) with a new look and feel and a real logo.
- After leaving Intel in November of 2006, I started off in 2007 working at Compiere.
- Left Compiere to join Jive Software and was surprised to see it reported on CNet.
- Co-Organized the first BarCamp Portland with 250 attendees!
- Organized a Technology Community Leader meetup along with attending OSBC where I was on a community panel.
- Had so much fun that I organized another community leader meetup to go along with OSCON.
- Jive launched Jivespace, the developer community I was hired to build!
- Began doing video podcasts for Jivespace.
- Went to Ohio to visit family for a few birthdays. This is where I learned (the hard way) that my family reads my blog.
- Helped organize quite a few smaller community events like the Jive Show and Tell dinner and the Portland Blogger Dinner.
- Wrote an article for an O’Reilly Women in Technology series.
- Co-organizer for the first Ignite Portland event with ~300 people attending!
- Spent Thanksgiving relaxing on the beach in Cancun
- Started a weekly Fast Wonder Community Podcast (audio) series (3 episodes so far)
- Getting the O’Reilly Art of Community book back on track.
- Co-founded Legion of Tech, an Oregon non-profit, and currently acting as chair of the organization
- Went back to Ohio for just a couple of days to hang out with family over Christmas, and I’m still trying to catch up on email!
Now what? How in the hell am I going to top that in 2008?
- Achieve 501(c)(3) status for Legion of Tech?
- Get O’Reilly Art of Community book published?
- Help organize a bunch of other community events in Portland?
- Improve Jivespace to make it a really kick-ass developer community?
- Ultimately, I want to do something spectacular enough that it prompts someone to write a Wikipedia article for me.
Have a Happy New Year!