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Since Web 2.0 Expo last year, one of the major themes that have developed focuses on the “social graph.” At the end of the day, it isn’t just about who you know and how you know them, but rather a much larger desire for data portability via open platforms.
RSS, Atom, Jabber, OpenID, OAuth, Microformats, and other open community-built technologies took off in 2007 for this exact reason. Mashups are no longer just about consuming feeds and presenting the data in a different light, but are becoming about how you can use multiple services together in harmony while keeping you in control of everything you create online. If you’re tired of joining a new service and having no friends or freely giving away your Gmail password, this topic should be important to you. If you’re building a new social service, you can’t ignore these issues either.
This talk looks at what happened in 2007 that caused this topic to become so important, how various open technologies can help to solve these problems, and who is doing it right.
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.