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Is Surrogate Blogging via Google Plus a Good Idea?

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

I recently came across this discussion on Google Plus (G+) about Kevin Rose’s decision to stop using his personal blog in preference to G+. He is now redirecting all visitors to his blog to his G+ profile. Within G+, well-known tech leaders such as Bill Gross and Paul Allen (not of Microsoft fame) have both indicated that they are seriously considering doing the same thing.

What does this mean for blogging? Is this a bad portent for blogs? Is it wise to use a surrogate platform owned and controlled by a third party for your content creation and sharing platform? Read more »

Who Should Own the Internet?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

This image is a tracing of all the Internet traffic circa late 2006. It is licensed under a Creative Commons License (by-nc-sa/1.0) and created by http://opte.org/

The genesis for this article came from reading this interesting piece by @novaspivack about his honored invitation to participate in the e-G8 Forum—a gathering of global Internet leaders to be held right before this year’s G8 Summit in Paris. Nova asked his readers what they thought were the key issues to communicate.

As I began to compose a response to Nova’s query, it soon became clear that I had too much to say for a blog comment and decided that it was more fitting to write an article for my own site and then simply point Nova to it. Read more »

BP Privacy v1.0-RC1 is now available!

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Please read Important Notice section below.

After more than 1500 hours of work, 7300 code and comment lines, and creation of a 38-page manual, BP Privacy release candidate one is now available for download and testing. It is a release candidate, not to be used in a production site. It requires at least PHP 5.2.x and is developed and tested to work with WordPress 3.0.5 and BuddyPress 1.2.7. It also requires a modern Web browser and you and your users must have javascript enabled. Read more »

BP Privacy: History and Lessons Learned from Developing a Major BuddyPress Component

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Coding great-quality, open source software, while often rewarding, can also be a thankless, difficult task. As many have been asking for an update on BP Privacy–also known as the BuddyPress Privacy Component–I thought I would take the time to write up an exhaustive history of the project and share some lessons learned. Read more »

BP Privacy: An Update

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

This is an update on BP Privacy. I felt that it was important to communicate its current status. I also think that it is necessary to address a few who are claiming that BP Privacy is very late, for instance this statement that it is “at least 14 months late now“. Read more »

Flowing Your Identity Through the Social Web

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Some social networking platforms are beginning to buy into data portability. Whereas any step toward opening up the closed data-silo islands is a positive step, the real question is what does data portability actually mean?

Data portability is defined as the ability to “bring your identity, friends, conversations, files and histories with you, without having to manually add them to each new service.”

Does this really solve the most important issue that users face when spelunking the depths of the social networking space? Read more »

Release of BuddyPress Privacy Component Pushed Back One Week

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Yes, I know. What??? How could you??!! And just on the greatly-anticipated eve of BP Privacy’s release? Is this a warped event caused by a rip in the space-time continuum or possibly even triggered by Daylight Savings Time? Is this some sort of a joke?

Nope. It is real. The reason is simple and practical. Read more »

BuddyPress Privacy Component About to Launch

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Here’s a brief update on my efforts to provide a suite of privacy filtering services to BuddyPress’ core components. With the release of BP v1.2.6, the last of the essential ingredients are now in place to allow my Privacy Component to function. On November 8, 2010, I plan to make the component available to all via the WordPress Plugin Repository. You can learn more on BP-Privacy.com.

To celebrate this occasion, I am offering two specials: 40% off of the standard BuddyPress Privacy Component Support Plan (BPCSP) and the other 25% discount on advertising rates. All but two of the first month’s ad spots are sold. So, if you want to get in early and lock in these prerelease rates, act now.

BuddyPress Beginning to Mature At the Right Time

Friday, August 13th, 2010

I’ve written about social-networking fatigue in the past, and still believe that–in the long term–distributed Social Web platforms will win out over the traditional, Web2.0-styled, closed-data-silo social networks. Read more »

Regaining Control of Privacy and Identity: It’s up to Each Individual

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

This is a follow-up post to my article, Privacy in the Facebook Era. It was originally a reply to a comment by Chris Messina in that post. As this topic continues to be relevant, I’ve decided to extract my comment from that post, revise it, add to it, and turn it into an article. Read more »

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