The SwitchABit platform was developed because we noticed that an ever more complex flow of ideas and information is being facilitated by editorial systems and aggregators such as Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, Seesmic, Qik, Ustream, YouTube, BlogTalkRadio, Disqus, WordPress, Tumblr, TypePad, Blogger, etc. And it’s not likely to get any simpler over time, rather people are going to want to connect more apps together, with more flexibility and therefore more complexity.
So we developed a platform to make it easy to set up these complex relationships. The focus has been on power with maximum ease of use. It’s called SwitchABit, and it will go to private beta sometime in the next couple of weeks. We’ll have a signup page where you can let us know you want to work with us on getting it smoothed out and ready for massive consumption.
In the meantime, to prove that it’s working, we’ve adapted two of my early Twitter-related apps, both on the Twittergram domain, to run on the SwitchABit platform. The first of these is ready for people to use — the Flickr-to-Twitter functionality. If you’re already a Twittergram user, you can go to the original setup page, and look for the yellow box with the picture of the friendly postman, and click on the link to be taken to the new site. Fill in the form, validate your account, and give it a whirl.
It should be every bit as reliable as the original service (maybe more so) and quite a bit faster. It’s also designed to scale to work for hundreds of thousands of users, Murphy-willing.
Anyway — wish us luck — the journey begins today. We hope you come along for the ride! 🙂
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Today I’m at the Berkman @ 10 conference in Austin Hall on the Harvard Law School campus. It’s a reunion of sorts, of people who have been part of or interested in Berkman Center. I was a fellow there between 2003 and 2005 and worked on getting blogs to be part of the Harvard culture.
Just took a bunch of pics. Going to upload a few now. The wifi here seems pretty good. Doc Searls just walked by don’t think he saw me. Someone just took my pic. I always make a face as they get their camera focused. Can’t keep a smile on my face for more than a second or two before I start feeling silly.
Video of the schmoozing before the opening of the conference.
Listening to Elena Kagan, Dean of Harvard Law School, listing Berkman accomplishments of the faculty. No mention of the fellows. John Palfrey is becoming the Dean in charge of the Harvard Law Library. Amazing job. Hope he does interesting things with it.
Terry Fisher, listing Berkman’s accomplishments, said the first podcast was done at Berkman. Can’t tell you how pleased I am to hear him take credit for this (no sarcasm).
Some. Professors. Speak. Slowly. And. Deliberately.
Jon Zittrain is thinking of going to Stanford, and they want him to come back to Berkman. They’re really schmoozing him up in front of everyone.
Video: Jon Zittrain explains the Internet.
Price rumored to be betw $100 and $200 million.
Media sharing? Comcast? You gotta be kidding.
Maybe they can share the rolodex of the people they just bought and try to work with creative media technology people instead of threatening to fire them as customers.