I didn't get an invitation to the Web 2.0 summit this year; instead I got a nice email from "the team" to attend the upcoming event in Berlin or Japan. It would have been a chance to see Steve Ballmer, Marissa Mayer (from Google) and Mark Zuckerberg all in one place. The invitation would have given me the opportunity to spend the $3600 for a ticket. We'll gear up for next year. Zuckerberg was reported saying "it's almost wrapped up" when asked how his recent funding activity was going. Rupert Murdoch and Chris DeWolfe announced that they will be opening up MySpace to developers.
Facebook set the pace when they opened up their site back in April. Since then they have had 100,000 developers who have delivered 6,000 applications to their site. That's a lot of development, not to mention the programs or widgets that didn't make it. One open issue remains. Will MySpace allow the porting of their user data to other applications? As discussed before on this blog, the whole issue about how to federate personal information aka "social graph" is unresolved. Google and others are attempting to create standards. The recent announcement of online medical
repositories by Microsoft and Google is alarming to some privacy watchers. Google has created a health advisory council to give some street cred to their proposal. Personal information should always remain in control of the person, not the system. When you allow the signup process at a social networking site to access your personal phone book or email, you can undermine your own security. Some people have experienced receiving emails from people who were asked to join their network without remembering they invited them in the first place. Don't let the world enter your network without a "tickie."