Guest : David Recordon, Open Platforms Tech Lead, Six Apart
Aired : Sunday January 6th, 2008
Welcome to the first show of 2008. And we start the year off trying to figure out when we'll be able to utilize online social networks more efficiently and effectively, to improve both our personal and professional lives. Our featured guest, Six Apart's David Recordon, shares with us his unique perspective on the social networking landscape, working closely with both Google and Facebook on the subject of social network portability. David fills us in on the impact of social network fatigue, the potential impact of OpenSocial, the importance of Facebook Beacon and the controversy surrounding it, and how services like OpenID may make our lives online easier to manage. David also shares how Six Apart tools like TypePad, Vox and MovableType will utilize these platforms to make it easier to build and cultivate successful online communities. And check out how this Generation Y leader uses Web 2.0 tools to keep in touch with his parents.
We're also excited to kick off our first "Solopreneur Spotlight", featuring Jennifer Hammock, founder of Divinely Orchestrated Events. Jennifer fills us in on why she thinks 2008 is the year of the international solopreneur. And Brent has a special welcome for the newest technology entrepreneur Stanley Burrell. You may know him by his stage name, MC Hammer.
David Recordon is Open Platforms Tech Lead for Six Apart, the largest independent blogging company in the world. Recordon has played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of key social media technologies such as OpenID. In 2005, Recordon collaborated with Brad Fitzpatrick in the original development of OpenID, which has since become the most popular decentralized single-sign-on protocol in the history of the web. During a year and a half at VeriSign, Recordon played an active role in refining and evangelizing OpenID, bringing it from an experimental technology to one that's been endorsed by major companies ranging from AOL to Microsoft, and implemented for over 120 million identities on the web. Recordon's history with open source software and open standards stretches back to the beginning of his career, when as a sophomore in high school he volunteered his time to lead an open source message board project with over forty members worldwide. This interest led to his co-founding of a message board hosting provider that still services tens of thousands of users around the world, and that he has since sold. Recordon was recently recognized by Google and O'Reilly as the recipient of a 2007 Open Source Award for his efforts with OpenID and is the youngest recipient in the history of the award.
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