About Productivity, Social Networks and everything else I'm interested in

Month: November, 2007

OpenSocial by Google

Google has something new. It’s called OpenSocial and is regarded as an attack against Facebook. See my post earlier. OpenSocial is like Facebook open to developpers. See the NYT article for more information.

Google and Friends to Gang Up on Facebook
Published: October 31, 2007
An alliance of companies led by Google plans to roll out a common set of standards to allow developers to write programs for Google’s Orkut and other social networking Web sites.

Most interesting is the involvement of Salesforce.com and Oracle as partner in the Alliance. Is OpenSocial going to be part of the company’s CRM software? The companies allready have there own api’s. But with OpenSocial they are opening up themselfs, so to speak. Think of the endless posibities by openening up your CRM application to “other” social networks. Now you will be able to stay in touch with your clients all the time. And think of this. How about opening up the client of your clients?

The Program on Networked Governance

I don’t have the time now. But I must find out more about this interesting site. For now the introduction of the site. by David Lazer, Director. Here’s the link.

The traditional notion of hierarchical, top down, government has always been an imperfect match for the decentralized governance system of the US. However, much of what government does requires co-production of policy among agencies that have no formal authority over each other, fundamentally undermining the traditional Weberian image of bureaucracy. Networked governance refers to a growing body of research on the interconnectedness of essentially sovereign units, which examines how those interconnections facilitate or inhibit the functioning of the overall system. The objective of this program is two-fold: (1) to foster research on networked governance and (2) to provide a forum to discuss the challenges of networked governance.

And there’s a blog too. The objective of this blog is to offer a forum for the discussion of the intertwined subjects of network analysis and complex systems theory. The link is here.

Google’s Open Social

Here’s a very interesting article about Google’s Open Social by the guys from ZDNet.

Google’s OpenSocial: What it means by ZDNet‘s Dan Farber — Google’s open social networking platform play is the buzz of the blogosphere tonight. (see Techmeme). Indeed, it is called OpenSocial in that the set of APIs allows developers to create applications that work on any social network that joins Google’s open party. So far, besides Google’s Orkut social net, LinkedIn, hi5, XING, Friendster, Plaxo and […]

Wandeling in achterhoek

Een mooie Wandeling in de achterhoek.


After YouTube with its amature video sharing there are now popping up some professional sites. Two of them -which I really like – are Revision3 and BeetTv.

Revision3 is something like a tv broadcasting station specifically for the internet. The shows are lightfooted and the topics range from technology to music. Jim Louderback (former Editor in Chief of PC Magazin) is the ceo. Tekzilla is a show hosted by Patrick Norton (former DL.TV host) and Jessica Corbin. See the show here

or if does not work here.

Here’s the about of Revision3:
“Revision3 is the first media company that gets it, born from the Internet, on-demand generation. Unlike aggregators, mash-ups, and user-generated video sites, Revision3 is an actual TV network for the web, creating and producing its own original, broadcast quality shows.
The company was founded in 2005 by technology visionaries Kevin Rose, Jay Adelson and David Prager, because they couldn’t find anything they wanted to watch on traditional television, and is now led by Internet TV pioneer Jim Louderback.
The content is designed for a new audience: passionate committed fans who want to watch shows that entertain, educate and help expand their life experiences. The audience expects professionally produced programming but wants it to be unexpected, edgy, smart and real. They also want to watch shows whenever they want, wherever they are, and on whatever device they choose, including everything from a 70″ HDTV to an iPod or Cell phone. Revision3 covers technology, comedy, modern culture, music and more. Our hosts don’t come from Hollywood. Instead, they come from the same passionate fan base as our audience. They are engaging, personal, smart and connected – experts with the insight and acceptance that naturally puts them at the center of the community.
Revision3’s shows can be found everywhere from Revision3.com to a wide range of traditional and new platforms, including iTunes, Bittorrent, DivX, YouTube, PyroTV and more. We will work with almost any distribution platform, using every video encoding format available, including flash, H.264 and others. We want our content accessible to the greatest possible audience, on as many devices and networks as possible.
Revision3 has attracted a wide-range of top advertisers including Sony, Netflix, Dolby, Microsoft, IBM, HP, Southern Comfort, Virgin America, Verizon and FX Networks. Advertisers enjoy a unique bond with the audience via customized message integration and host mentions that deliver phenomenal results. Our clutter-free environment is perfect for everything from direct response to branding.”

Beet.Tv is a more serious show based on interviews with interesting people. It is mostly about Web 2.0 ventures starring ceo’s. Show it’s a bit of a PR site. Here’s is a part of the about of the site:
“Our goal is to provide insight and information on the dramatic transformation of traditional media and the emergence of new media platforms. Through video clips and commentary we explore how these developments impact journalists and public relations professionals.
Visitors are encouraged to post reactions and submit their own videos. “