Congrats to Matt & the Crew from Socialthing! for Getting Acquired by AOL!

Congrats to CEO Matt Galligan and the crew at Socialthing! TechCrunch is reporting that they have been acquired by AOL!

AOL is getting into the lifestreaming business. Like Friendfeed or Facebook’s News feeds, it recently launched AIM BuddyUpdates, which lets AIM users keep up with what their instant-messaging buddies are doing on social services such as Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Digg. To beef up its lifestreaming capabilities, we have been able to confirm that it has also bought Socialthing!, a FriendFeed competitor that is still in private beta.

I remember meeting Matt and the rest of the crew at their booth at this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival and then their party.  You could right away tell that these guys were cool and that they were on to something.

After SXSW, it was great to see all the new features they pushed out and the positive press.  AOL must have noticed.

I hope that them getting acquired by AOL means that they’ll be out in Virginia (by us) more often.

Have you tried Socialthing? If so, what do you think?

Business Week Columnist and Author Sarah Lacy is Stopping in Washington DC for her User-Generated Book Tour

Business Week columnist and author of the book “Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re GoodSarah Lacy will be stopping in Washington DC for her User-Generated Book Tour.

So as detailed in my last post my first stop on the User Generated Book Tour will be Washington D.C.– a city I haven’t been to since an 8th grade class trip. This time around I will not be going to the Washington Monument or the White House. I will be meeting lots of entrepreneurs and Web folks!

Everyone should come to the Twin Tech Party, where she’ll be giving a small talk, doing some Q&A, as well as selling and signing books.

Sarah is someone who’s gotten to experience technology and Web communities both inside and outside of the Valley.  I’m excited to hear what kind of advice and insight she’ll share with the Washington DC tech community

So… you coming to the party?

Burgers, Geeks, and Capitol Hill

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Last night John Coston, Paul Sherman, and I had dinner at the new Capitol Hill burger place Good Stuff Eatery.  Yesterday was it’s grand opening.

The food was great and well worth the wait.  (I had never had a burger with a fried egg on it before. Definitely rocked my world.)

There was definitely a frenzied crowd… probably partially because they were hungry and partially because folks wanted to see Chef Spike who was on Season 4 of Top Chef.

John, Paul, and I had a great discussion about the local tech scene.  One thing we did notice is there’s a derth of Web/tech events happening on Capitol Hill.

We need to fix this.  What I’m thinking is… maybe once a month we’ll get together at Good Stuff Eatery to talk tech.  Who’s with me?

Smithsonian Joins the Flickr Commons Project

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Now this is REALLY cool.  The Smithsonian Institution has joined the Flickr Commons project.  They’ve made 862 photos available through their Flickr account, like this one of Albert Einstein.

Please go enjoy, tag, and be inspired by these photos.

I think this is exactly what these institutions should be doing.  They should be going out of their way to put their content any where and everywhere that it is going to get the most use.

If people aren’t going to be coming to their Web sites to view this content, put the content where the people are.

At the Library of Congress, their are tons and tons and tons of photos available through the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.  But…I’d venture to say that it has never gotten as much attention as the Library had when it put photos on Flickr.

The future of the Web is distributed.

Speaking of the Library of Congress photos on Flickr.  They just posted some AWESOME photos of a “Home Makers Suffrage Parade” in the very early 20th century.

Enjoy!

The W3C Web Site is Getting a Redesign… SWEET!

Yesterday, W3C staffer and resident blogger Karl Dubost put up a post to tease what I’m assuming is a redesign of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web site.

Sounds like it will be announced by renowned Web designer Ethan Marcotte on June 24th at the An Event Apart conference.

I think I speak for all designers and developers who espouse Web standards when I say THANK YOU.  The redesign will make our lives so much easier and enjoyable.

More Evidence of the Decline of the Web Page

Found this kind of interesting when I was doing my morning RSS readering.  Michael Arrington did a story about a new feature on Twitter’s Web site.  This is what he said about it…

I didn’t notice it myself (I use Twhirl and rarely visit the Twitter site)…

I think this is more evidence in the decline of the notion of the Web page.

Because of all the great Web platforms and APIs that are being made avaiable,  the Web is no longer being constrained by the notion of a Web page.  For example, there are many people like Michael Arrington who are using Web applications like Twitter with out ever actually going to the Twitter Web site.

W3C Launches eGovernment Activity

Recently, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) launched its eGovernment Activity and Interest Group.  The group is being co-chaired by my former boss and friend Kevin Novak along with the W3C’s Jose M. Alonso.

The mission of the activity is to “to explore how to improve access to government through better use of the Web and achieve better government transparency using open Web standards.”  This will manfest itself in a series of published best practices and guides.

Having worked for a large government organization that made government data available to the American people, I’m aware that nothing happens quickly.

I hope and pray that this Interest group will be able to get buy in, engage, and create community around these ideas with government officials and people all across the world.

What I’ve Been Reading: “Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good” by Sarah Lacy

Ever since the whole SXSW Sarah Lacy/Mark Zuckerberg incident, I was very anxious to read Sarah’s book that was coming out.  Well it came out and I bought it. On the plane ride up to TechCoctkail, I finished the book.

It’s full title is, “Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0.

The book gives some great background about the men or the men behind the men that created a lot of the Web applications that we know, love, and use today.  For example she profiles, Max Levchin of PayPal and Slide, Jay Adelson of Digg, Marc Andreessen of Netscape and Ning, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, and others.

In the book there is a definite message that the Valley believes that if you can create one successful company that’s cool but if you can great multiple then you’re really a success.

All in all the book would be great for someone who wants to hear more indepth accounts behind some of their favorite companies.  This is NOT a life changing book.  Meh. It’s actually a pretty quick read.

I’d pay for a Twitter Pro account. Would You?

Seems like the only thing the Web 2.0 blogosphere has been talking about as of late has been Twitter.  Whether it’s been problems they’ve had with scaling company to handle the community or scaling it’s infrastructure, everyone has something to say.

Seems like this is a first rate problem.  People whine and moan about things because it’s a service they’re so wrapped up in and feel personally invested with.  That rocks.

I’d be one of those folks who’s become very personally invested in the service.  It’s a primary way that I talk with a big chunk of my community.

Because it’s something I’ve come to depend on, when there is talk about Twitter business models, i’d be one to support paying $5-10/month for a Twitter Pro service.   I’m with Jason.

What do you think?  Do you depend on Twitter?  Would you be willing to pay for it?  If so how much?

BTW – Om Malik has a really interesting post about how Twitter should charge its super users.