About Ross Mayfield

Ross Mayfield is CEO and co-founder of Socialtext, an emerging provider of Enterprise Social Software that dramatically increases group productivity and develops a group memory.

He also writes Ross Mayfield's Weblog which focuses on markets, technology and musings.

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Wow that’s hot. Social networking, mobile, photo sharing. $41M raised before launch. Testing conventions, with damn good timing. But will this color fade to grey? Mobile social software application Color launched today. With more pre-launch funding by Sequoia et. al. …

SlideShare Zipcasts for Real Time Collaboration

A long time ago Tim Oren scribbled this on a napkin to help explain a little of what he learned about collaboration.

Facebook Using The CPAL License

Facebook released the Facebook Open Platform under CPAL, the Common Public Attribution License that Socialtext created.

Mike Gunderloy notes:

Socialtext People And Socialtext Dashboard Launches

Socialtext Dashboard with GadgetsToday Socialtext launched Socialtext People and Socialtext Dashboard, significant enhancements that make people a first class object in the wiki platform and give them greater control over their internal and external information.  We also launched Four Solutio

RecentChangesCamp: Barcamp For The Wiki Way

RecentChangesCamp, the Barcamp for the wiki way, is May 9-11th in Palo Alto:

Seesmic’s Acquisition of Twhirl

What I like about the Seesmic’s acquisition of Twhirl isn’t that I’m using it as my default client for Twitter.   Or that I happen to use Seesmic and look forward to some chocolate and peanut butter goodness.

Mainstreaming as a Barrier to Innovation
When you visited Yahoo!, perhaps on a blogger pass, often you would find a product manager or executive extolling their mainstream virtues. 

Every time I’d visit I’d hear that word, mainstream, and wondered if it was some derivative of their mission or boasting of begotten power. 

Yahoo! arguably was the first company to mainsteam open internet services.  A great accomplishment that began with linking elsewhere with something that made the net more usable.  Big laurels.

Microsoft and Yahoo – An Upside of Cultural Injection?
The $45B acquisition of Yahoo! by Microsoft will probably go through and the broader implications aren’t just about search and advertising

If Microsoft uses up its war chest on this one big bet, it is on consumer markets to find its next cash cow. 

One Laptop Per Child Needs a Spreadsheet Solution
Dan Bricklin has ported the SocialCalc spreadsheet to the OLPC XO as an Open Source project. 

Mike Rhodin Speaks at Lotusphere
Chris Miller: With the entrance into Social Networking with Connections, what will Lotus do as we get to 3.0?

MR: Challenges hierarchical systems, business systems could break down private information shared.  dangers regulatory meltdowns on sharing regulated

The First Session from Lotusphere
So I’m in Orlando for Lotusphere.  Took a crappy delayed red-eye, so I missed the very first part of the session, with Bob Costas talking about how good the Chinese are at controlling their people.   Ed Brill is live blogging it.  Alan has better notes on Mike Rhodin’s openin

Nofollow and Wikis

There is no such thing as a free link.  No matter what the person who is selling you it tells you.  And the web will always adapt to make it so.  Even if its hard work.

Barry Schwartz posted Get A Free Link From Wired today on an SEO blog, noting that:

OS Licensing for SaaS
Open Source came before, if not provided a platform for, Software as a Service.  Open Source Licenses have a big loophole for the most common method of software distribution today.  Tim O’Reilly addresses this while making yet another argument for open data.
Pownce: Collaboration From & at the Hip
At first glance, Kevin Rose of Digg’s new startup Pownce is Yet Another Status Message Service (YASMS) like Twitter, Jaiku or Plazes.  But really, its a collaboration app made for the most modern web.  It’s bound for adoption because the founders can drive word of mouth and its inherent virality.  And perhaps what it does is less important than the three trends it represents.

The Wisdom of Wikis
Julian distinguishes between Wisdom of Crowds and what you could call the Wisdom of Wikis:

Internal Wikis Mainstream by 2010
Ferris Research, one of the first to cover enterprise wikis (Jeff Ubois wrote about them four years ago), has a new report that internal wikis will go mainstream by 2010.  Essentially, by then the knowledge base use case will be common and wikis will be the natural vehicle.

1/4 of Enterprises Use Wikis
Jeff Brainard posted a the results of an IDC survey along with a Q&A with collaboration analyst Mark Levitt on the Socialtext blog.

"IDC’s 1Q07 AppStats survey, nearly a quarter of the 258 U.S. respondents reported that wikis are already in use at their organizations."

IBM Mashup Summit

I’m at the IBM Mashup Summit in San Francisco today.  As we are within the bowels of a large enterprise, there is a process to follow to get wifi access, so I’m offline. 

Salesforce Launches Startup Incubator

Salesforce launched an incubator for startups.  It is a similar proposition to the Socialtext Coworking space, but has a cost for the startup and is structured as a partnership program.  A BusinessWeek article interviewed me about it.

Social Technographics & a Power Law of Participation
Charlene Li at Forrester just came out with a report on Social Technographics that surveyed user engagement.  The framework is very similar to my Power Law of Participation, but it is an entirely different thing to have some data behind it.

Web 2.0 Expo & Knowledge As Power
With 10,000 people at Web 2.0 Expo, a curtain was pulled back to reveal the room adjoining the echo chamber.  With more people than Techcrunch subscribers, you had to ask, "who are these people?"  Oh, right, our markets and communities.  People of the web, perhaps with more zeal or entrepreneurial interest than people who "get their news from the web."  The diversity was really refreshing although after helping out on both the Socialtext and SuiteTwo booths, it was exhausting.

Web 2.0 and Web2Open

People felt left out of Web 2.0 in past events because of the cost of attending such a high-powered professionally produced program.  Similar to how some people felt left out from FooCamp by not being invited, but channeled their energies positively to create Barcamp with an open door principle.

‘Attention Aggregation’ with Dandelife’s LifeStreams
Dandelife, the social biography network, posted a preview screencast of their forthcoming release of Lifestreams — letting you incorporate your Twitter, Blogging, Flickr, Del.icio.us, Last.fm, YouTube and other feeds into your biography and timeline. 

Did Jaiku Tip the Tuna?
Did Jaiku tip the tuna Sunday?  Leo Laporte  jumped ship from Twitter to Jaiku, his 4,000 followers followed.