Thursday, November 01, 2007

Can I please have s'mores

When Vic asked me to organize a campfire on campus, at first I thought he was joking. But when he kept asking how big the fire was going to be, I quickly realized he wasn't. Thus Campfire One was lit.

Campfire One is a means to share product announcements with lots of people in a way which keeps pace with Google's release cycle. We invite a few people to campus and record our news for the web. There's no Campfire Two, just another Campfire One in the future. The 'One' signals that we've flipped the bit on something we think is worth sharing.

Tonight at Campfire One we were very excited to introduce OpenSocial, a common set of APIs for building social applications across the web. With OpenSocial, developers have less to learn in order to build for multiple websites. There are a number of companies already working on the OpenSocial APIs, including those who presented with us tonight: MySpace, Ning, hi5, iLike, FotoFlexer, RockYou, Slide, Viadeo, Flixster, LinkedIn, Ning, Salesforce, Theikos, and Virtual Tourist. Watch Campfire One from earlier this evening:

By the way, did you know that oak on a campfire is supposed to smoke less than fir? I don't think some of our presenters believe it. You might say we had a bit of a real 'smoke test' before rolling the cameras.


  1. We would like to open our Cost Free Economics patent pending technology through the opensocial platform. Cost Free Economics, a patent pending economic technology that changes commerce as we know it can convert all social networking sites to real purpose consumer benefit business models. An opensocial widget that gives access to any social networking consumer to this “save all you spend ” economics process would create an nstoppable, perpetual growth economic engine that would benefit all parties. The various social networks could still grow their distinctive user base and be united through opensocial in a common goal of consumer benefits and strong economic growth. Users, the sites and the markets will all benefit as this economic technology goes mainstream.

  2. Honestly, for launching a product like opensocial this was the most boring and scripted presentation. I respect google..but sorry this really lame preso just enraged me!