Everyone knows that there are idealists, and there are pragmatists, and the two don't mix. Right? Well, the world is rarely that black and white. Want proof? A key name in the history of open source and the open web has just gone to work for a company-devouring corporation.
We’re about a week into the New Year, but don’t cork up those bottles just yet. At long last, Six Apart (news, site) has released Movable Type 5. The new version is being called “a great milestone in the 8 years of Movable Type history” by its team, and MT users are more than happy to welcome some long-awaited features — features which we say take this project one step closer being a full-fledged Web CMS.
The start of 2010 is bring news of acquisitions left and right in the social media world. Not to be left out, Jive Software (news, site) adds their name to the list of acquirers picking up social media monitoring provider Filtrbox.
Social Media is a hot ticket for VCs. ShoZu alone picked up US$ 25 million total in funding from investors since its inception. That investment has paid off as ShoZu gets acquired by Critical Path, a provider of messaging services and software.
Seesmic always seemed to be the underdog Twitter client to TweetDeck. But that looks like it could change now that Seesmic has acquired Ping.fm and with it the ability to instantly update over 50 different social networks at once.
If you've ever wanted all your information in one place, your lucky days are upon you. The stars have begun to align and Santa is delivering some early Christmas gifts, including Google's FeedBurner RSS feed that automatically publishes to Twitter, WordPress blogs that can be posted to and read from Twitter apps, and a new Facebook URL shortener.
Atex’s baby, Polopoly Web CMS (news, site), came around for round 9.14 last week. The highlight of the new version is the inclusion of widget plug-in framework, which aims to make tacking on third-party website components that much easier.
As we inch closer to 2010, resolutions and predictions for the New Year are not uncommon. Many companies are addressing hot topics with webinars or at conferences. Even the legal industry and the companies that serve them are making lists. Let’s take a look.
Today at the LeWeb conference here in Paris, Ryan Sarver, Twitter's Director of Platform made a series of four announcements, including the unveiling of Chirp — a developer focused conference that will take place in San Francisco in Spring 2010.
Not a lot of details were provided, but there is a festive event page up, which is similarly scant on the finer points. A hard date has not yet been announced, but from comments over at TechCrunch Ryan Carson of Casonified is said to be producing the event. Ryan is also behind the Future of Web Apps and the Future of Web Design events.
The other 3 announcements made by Sarver include:
The real time "fire hose" of data will be made available for all developer partners, not just the big boys like Google and Microsoft. This is a 2010 item.
Twitter developers will get a new, cozy home on the web. The new dev website will be designed to better facilitate individual productivity, company transparency and collaboration.
Developers using oAuth for access will soon get a 10x increase in the cap of requests per hour that they can make. Those using Basic Auth will need to move on as support for this will be phased out over the next 6 months.
What can we in the content and collaboration industry read from these and other themes at LeWeb?
I see two obvious items. First, the real time data expectations are going to affect what customers expect of content and collaboration technologies — non-real time is going to start appearing dated. Second, integration of data, sentiment and identity from services such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace is going to become increasingly seen as a standard requirement. Products which claim to be marketing suites will need to be pushing and pulling data in and out of the social fire hoses.
Google is so quick to fire out similar solutions after a rival has, we’re beginning to wonder if this is some sort of game they just play for fun. Maybe they have a stockpile of them somewhere, labeled and ready to go? Who knows. What we do know is that less than a day after Facebook announced their linkup with Facebook Connect and Yahoo, Google busted out with a trendy integration of its own.
If you use Google’s Friend Connect site, you now have the option to log in with your Google or Twitter credentials. This means you can login to any of the nine million sites that utilize Friend Connect and, if you have a Twitter account, can tweet new memberships with friends, interesting content etc., with just a click. See here:
Facebook has made a name for itself, and has managed to touch almost every corner of the Web with the Facebook Connect feature. That level of success mixed with a company as large as Yahoo is certainly a recipe for a favorable outcome, but Google and Twitter are giant giants as well. What we're seeing is a war for the Web, no doubt, but whose pool of power will reign supreme? It's hard to say.
Right now, the numbers tell us that the Facebook/Yahoo duo has the advantage, thanks to the social platform's massive amount of users (somewhere around 350 million). But then again, Twitter's simple mission took the Internet by storm, and is now so ubiquitous that it's odd to think there are people and companies out there that haven't signed up.
In any event, the battle for the throne will be an interesting one to watch.
CoreMedia is set to show off the latest version of their web content management system at the IMS 2009 this week.
They call it a fully integrated platform that combines core content management, social networking, enterprise integration and multi-touchpoint delivery. The Web CMS vendor will demonstrate two-way integration with social networking sites like Facebook and talk about the next generation of content management.
In addition to demonstrating their latest CMS, CoreMedia's Vice President Marketing, Rene Hermes, will also be talking about how customer engagement is becoming more challenging with the number of touchpoints available to reach and talk to customers. He will explain how a web content management system can be used to deliver web experiences that cross these touchpoints.
You can hear that talk on Wednesday, December 2 at 2:30 pm and also sit in on a few more including Modera, Telerik and TERMINALFOUR.
If you aren't able to attend IMS 2009, you can learn read about Hermes views on multi-touchpoint on the CoreMedia blog.
"With the EContent 100 list, we name the companies that we believe demonstrate continued leadership in the content industry, as well as those whose innovation foreshadows all that digital content has to offer," said Michelle Manafy, Editor-in-Chief of EContent Magazine.
As usual this year's lot includes a ton of familiar faces. As much as we'd love to cover everyone's viability in the market, we simply haven't the time, but here's a quickie on some of the names and categories that stood out:
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