Anyone remember “Go to AOL Keyword: Ford”?
I try to avoid blowing the buddycloud trumpet (pssst: we’re building an open federated/distributed social network) each time there is a future-of-twitter post on hackernews. I can’t hold back this time.
Twitter works in the same way the old AOL client did: you accessed some message boards and stock prices and film websites using AOL keywords. Marketers flocked to AOL to put up the latest movie premier website.
At the same time there was the small techno-elite downloading Mosaic 0.98 over their 28.8Kbps SLIP connection and starting to experiment with the “world wide web”. In comparison with the closed systems like Compuserve and AOL, the open web took much longer to evolve because everybody was working on different parts without any central coordination.
It was this lack of central coordination that brought us the more robust world wide web system and I don’t think that any of us would argue for a world where AOL is the gold standard of finding, hosting and accessing content.
Twitter is pushing hard to be the gold standard of messaging in the same way that AOL did. And marketers are flocking to work with Twitter along with newscasters giving out hashtags and @twitter-names.
But, in the backrooms and basements and hackerspaces of the internet, today’s equivalent of Mosaic downloaders are experimenting with open, distributed social networks like buddycloud.
The buddycloud team and everyone who attends our hackathons is working to build the post-Twitter future just like Netscape helped launch the open web.
The future will not be built around one company, but a couple of companies like buddycloud that help nudge an open future forward. The future will be protocol based (everyone agrees on a common way to communicate) rather than homesteading on another company’s API for fear of API key revocation.
To move away from Twitter, we must think bigger: a giant network like email where everyone can run their own servers and they all interconnect.
We’re trying to solve some of these problems on the buddycloud wiki. And props to the buddycloud team, I think they are doing a great job. I’ll go back to biting my tongue on each new future-of-twitter post.
The first buddycloud summit was a great success. It’s awesome to see how the buddycloud-community grows and how many people from far and wide contribute to building a new open future using the buddycloud architecture.
We say thank you to Sonny from Allicante, Dodo from Dresden, Tuomas from Paris and Andy from Lancashire for joining our Munich crowd - and all the others from all over the world dropping in remotely: From Europe to the US West coast.
A big thank you also goes to Hillert & Co for making their great office space available to us again!
We hope to see you at our next summit and hackathon. Stay tuned: Follow development on buddycloud’s github page and the buddycloud dev wiki.
The first buddycloud summit and hackathon starts in less then 24 hours: A lot of people are going to join us this time - awesome.
If you can’t make it, you can still drop in remotely. For getting an invitation to our Google hangout, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you tomorrow!
Great think piece by Dave Cridland on Twitter's accountability.
The federated social web continues to change and evolve at an unprecedented pace. buddycloud is leading this revolution.
Strategies of building an open ecosystem become more important to users and companies for privacy and data security alike. Social applications no longer just help us - they run our lives. Yet most of us still depend on closed networks and companies potentially expose private information outside the corporate firewall.
The buddycloud Summit delves into the issues and challenges of developing a secure, federated social network. It brings together buddycloud developers, thought-leaders, peers and colleagues from the open source world, software vendors and mobile makers building a better future.
The summit provides you with the know-how to build your next project on buddycloud.
Let’s build this open future together. Be a part of it and join us!
For further planning check email@example.com and the buddycloud wiki.
The summit will be at the weekend of August 4th and August 5th. 11am until 11pm.
Additionally we’ll run a Google hangout for the duration of the summit and hackathon for those that want drop in remotely.
The Hillert & Co office space is at Tengstraße 37 in Munich.
The station is about a minute from the office space.
If you get lost or need directions: call +49 178 545 0880
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Please let firstname.lastname@example.org know if you can make it so that she can plan numbers.
Here’s a quick video showing how you can have buddycloud up an running in just under ten minutes!
During the last hackathon Rene developed the buddycloud-vm project. buddycloud-vm is a bunch of puppet scripts that quickly setup a new buddycloud instance. You can then run this instance:
The video shows you the steps to get things setup on Amazon. Additionally you can check out the instructions on the buddycloud EC2 install wiki.
Thanks for all signing up.
The next hackathon will be in Munich on 4-5 August. We’ll keep the planning going in the buddycloud hackathon channel.
And when we aren’t researching… writing great code.
More details to follow.
The buddycloud hackathon is go go go!
Thanks to Christian Ehl at Hillert & Co (Hillert helps companies connect with their consumers through awesome mobile apps and social media) for lending us their superb office space.
This weekend (30th June and 1 July), we’ll be hacking away at the diamond encrusted coal face of the future:
We’re doing planning in the email@example.com channel and will be updating the buddycloud wiki too.
We want to hack on the following: