Federated Social Web Summit 2010 Announced

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StatusNet Inc. and other social software developers will hold a one-day summit, the Federated Social Web Summit 2010, on July 18th, 2010 in Portland, OR, to coordinate the development of the federated social web. Participants in the invite-only meeting will discuss their current work on connecting social networks and plan future cooperation.

"Federation just means letting people on different social networks follow each other," says Evan Prodromou, CEO of StatusNet Inc. "There are dozens of businesses and Open Source projects working on the problem of social network federation. We want to make sure that people are working together so a robust, heterogeneous network-of-networks can emerge."

Social networking sites are very popular, but few of them allow cross-site relationships between users. Concerns about privacy issues, and growth of social networking software inside the enterprise, have focused attention on the issue of federation.

Invitees to the event include StatusNet, Google Buzz, Diaspora, GNU Social, DiSo, BuddyPress, Dreamwidth, Onesocialweb, and others. "We're focusing only on committers: people and organizations who've put code on the table to make federation work," says Jon Phillips, StatusNet Community Director. "In the future, we'll need to coordinate marketing and promotion of the federated social web, but this event is about making code work."

"The participants in this event have been developing federation tools for a while," says Prodromou. "We hope that the improved interoperability that will come out of this meeting will let early adopters and social web thought leaders begin using the tools. This is the point where we breathe life into a federated social web."

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Mozilla Labs projects

Hey Evan, Jon,

Mike Hanson and I have been working on identity and social stuff in Firefox. This sounds like an interesting event and we'd love to be a part of the discussions if you guys are interested in having us.



You guys send me an email to jon@status.net I sent mike one, but think he has been on vacation.

batucada project on mozilla Drumbeat

Hi Jon / Evan

I think you'll be interested in the batucada project on mozilla Drumbeat.


Paul Booker
i <3 theopenweb


We're really interested in having people attend the event, if they're working on federation. If you know someone who should be there, please let us know.

Invites to the conference

You can find many more women to invite at devChix and at the Women on Ruby discussion group, for example. A social network conference with no women would be overlooking a great opportunity for everyone. I see some women have already been invited and have not been able to attend. Wish I were qualified myself!

The devChix discussion group has heard about this conference, so that will help publicize a terrific opportunity.


Thanks lara! Yes, thanks for spreading that around!

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