Jon Phillips (rejon) Joins StatusNet
[ photo by-sa asadal ]
Many of you know me as @REJON, my past endeavours growing the open source drawing app, Inkscape, the Open Clip Art Library, Libre Graphics Meeting, making soundsystems and using Identi.ca as my social playground. Most connect to me here as the Creative Commons Community and Business Development Manager where I hacked, started Creative Commons Salons with Eric Steuer, and served as human inbox for Google, Yahoo, Apple, and other organizations for CC. I still lock-down a title as a fellow at Creative Commons, and am still working on various international initiatives with CC in the Middle-East and Asia. We all love CC!
Without further intro, and as Evan mentioned previously, I'm pleased to announce that I'm immediately taking on a role as Community Consultant for Status.Net to ramp up and help with some large projects Status.Net is building, including an upcoming relaunch and adding capacity to fun roles that Evan had been doing Han Solo. By becoming part of the Status.Net all-stars, Evan will be freed up to be uber-CEO rather than having to wear 50 different hats.
As many of you know, I'm a strong believer in free network services, Creative Commons, and Free Software. I'm super enthused about the direction Status.Net is heading as a free network service, as a business, and as a leader in software and culture with a focus locally on niche communities on scaling internationally (more on that soon). Right now, we are working very hard towards some big releases slightly under the radar with the push towards Status.net hosted services and Status.Net 1.0 software. As posted previously with the recent hires of open superstars Brion Vibber and Christopher Murtagh already adding to the thick line-up, you can watch the commit logs to see there is a lot of hacking towards some awesome goals.
My role is to really facilitate and grow the Free and Open communities connected to Status.Net, to serve as a goto on all aspects of the community, and to work with the many great people I've come to know globally.
Right now we are in strategy making and hardcore hacking mode at Status.Net, but I'll work hard to best represent the community by blogging regularly, keeping everyone informed via my constant posts on Status.Net, and generally raising awareness about Status.Net at conferences, with organizations, and working internally to best healthily grow Status.Net.
For all those people who told me I microblog too much, please get ready for more! For all those asking how I get any work done by microblogging, take this announcement as an answer. Do what you love, and you will be rewarded! We have so many big things planned, and we are listening to you. If you hack, you can already submit patches to Status.Net, run the software freely, and talk with us live in IRC. If you want to see Status.Net at your conference, event or have some novel ideas for working with us as a business or software project, you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at http://identi.ca/rejon.
There's so much more on the way, one microblogpost at a time!