Blog posts tagged "upcoming"

When I say “FUD” …

October 22nd, 2009

"Flicker upcoming"? WTF? :)

… I mean Flickr/Upcoming/Delicious. In particular, I mean that brief moment of optimism in the Spring of ’06, on the roof of the Iron Cactus, at the Spread the FUD party, when it looked like Yahoo! had a wedge and the will to solve the social search problem, and magically, I might even get to be a part of that. I said in my cover letter (in silly flowery, cover letter speak)

“The next round of innovation will be about building connections. The explosion of voices, information and ideas is currently outpacing our techniques for coping with them. We need to be helping people and communities find new ways to connect, interact, and work together to make sense of this accelerating decentralization. Innovation has been blossoming at the edges of the Net since the beginning, but innovation is also moving back to the connecting nodes, like Yahoo.”

Which is much on my mind when I hear about Marissa demo’ing social search yesterday.

And I’m deeply puzzled (and not a little disappointed) that anyone would care if Bing or Google can search the public status timelines, if it doesn’t come with social context.

Now the question is can Goog shake their historied failure at all things social.

Photo from Jan Brašna

BravoNation: now in private beta

December 21st, 2007

I’ve been having a ton of fun playing with this. See Andy’s writeup for more details. Fun tinged with sadness that another of my favorite people is moving away. Good work Gordon, and good luck!

Mobile Calendaring

August 10th, 2006

Aaron’s released upcalendar, the latest barrage in his Web2.0 on S60 campaign.

And 30Boxes has

Got to say the mobile page for OSCAL (now defunct as its smart enough to only show upcoming events), was by far my favorite part of the app.

Turns out mobile is sexy, useful, and fun but not all that hard. Who knew?

All of which goes back to my an idea I’ve been kicking around for a bit, sync is dead (which is good because sync is hard), instead we’ve got remote services, local caching, and change propagation. (which is largely understood) All the interesting work right now is on the tension between the client and the server.

The *Really* Social Web

April 7th, 2006

One thing you notice showing up to these parties is you see the same (lovely) faces over and over. Figured it should be possible to take that knowledge of who is in the scene to mine the event sites for the “Social Web”, all those nifty Webbish events happening all over. (native to a Web of parties?)

Turns out there is a nearly 1 to 1 correlation with Upcoming Popular except where Upcoming Popular is better. Yet more proof that index funds beat managed funds every time.

Ah well, it would have been nifty. (and might still work for a different scene)

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Upcoming to Yahoo

October 5th, 2005

Congrats to Andy, Gordon, and Leonard, and about damn time. I first saw Upcoming almost exactly two years ago and thought “Wow, now that is how to do calendaring.” (and apparently I was jealous even back then!) Good luck!

Now we can all speculate on what will be, but I’m thinking this round might be going to Yahoo.

update: And dear god, where I can get some of whatever Gordon is on, Upcoming and Ning!?!? No kidding “bred for skill in magic.”

update2: Flickr, Upcoming, and Ning, all built on PHP.

Calendars and the Web: Looking Hopeful

March 5th, 2005

Calendaring on the web is starting to show signs of reawakening from death like sleep.

CalDAV seems to be fulfilling my early hopes for it; creating the first real movement on calendaring standards in years. CalDAV recently had a successful coming out at the CalCONNECT vendor event demoing implementations from Mozilla (Sunbird), Novell (Evolution), and Oracle. Neither Microsoft nor Apple deigned to attend.

Hula, the Novell backed open source groupware for the web project is generating considerable buzz with its high profile, if back handed, endorsement from JWZ, good track records of tech leads, and a wiki with all the right talking points.

Folks at U.C. Berkeley are doing good thinking on public event calendars as distinct from office scheduling aids as is evnt, a London skunkworks exploring the intersection of time, space, and open info.

Google is fueling speculation with rumors of a build vs. buy argument taking place behind the doors of Mountain View.

While Trumba has an everything old is new again feel, powerfully reminding me of golden age players in the space like and Anyday. (and events calendars for local radio was a major MetaEvents plank)

Trumba and evnt both seem to have caught the wave that I credit Upcoming for pushing into the mainstream, namely that slavishly translating a wall calendar layout to web is misguided at best.

School Bell, an organizational calendar initially targeting schools just relaunched now built on Zope 3, and is looking very promising. (I’ll be ready for that demo real soon Tom)

While the activist community in NYC has a renewed push for a community wide events portal.

All very exciting. Hopefully this time around we’ll have learned the lessons of integration and syndication, ending up with productive engines that can integrate with our increasingly busy, decentralized, adhoc lives.

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Boston RSS

December 12th, 2004

Starting to collect a list of RSS feeds for Boston (similar to a set I put together for Seattle, but never published)

Thats all I have so far, but suggestions are welcome.

Ideally I’d like to find a resource like Scott’s Seattle Book Events calendar, might have to make that one.

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Parsing Upcoming Data with Magpie

September 29th, 2003 With a lot of help from Magpie RSS, I have whipped up a personal listing page of events from


After all parsing event bearing RSS is what Magpie was original written for (even if they aren’t using Magpie’s W3CDTF parsing)

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Once more into the Breach: Calendars, Events, and RSS

September 22nd, 2003

The launch of seems to have rekindled some interest in calendaring standards, stoked by a post from Ray Ozzie, and the Calendar Fiasco, by Jon Udell. (also see eric’s collection of links)

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