MIX09: Standards for Aggregating Activity Feeds and Social Aggregation Services

Posted in Conferences, Companies on April 17, 2009

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Come hear a broad panel discussion about aggregating social feeds and services from leading people and companies in this rapidly evolving area including Dare Obasanjo from Microsoft as panel moderator, John McCrea from Plaxo, Kevin Marks from Google, Luke Shepard from Facebook, Marc Canter from Broadband Mechanics, and Monica Keller from MySpace.

Luke Shepard

Luke joined Facebook two years ago, and has worked on various products across the site, most recently on Facebook Connect. He is Facebook’s representative on the OpenID Foundation board. He is passionate about maintaining privacy and making the internet easy to use. Before Facebook he worked at Amazon and went to school at Univ of Chicago.

John McCrea

Marc Canter

Marc Canter, CEO of Broadband Mechanics (BBM) is a 25+ year veteran of the software business. BBM is a boutique social networking design and platform shop - specializing in building systems that support the open stack, custom semi-private networks and strategic thinking.

Marc is an advocate of open social networking, open standards and what he calls the 'open mesh'. A speaker and panel moderator at many conferences around the world, Marc is not afraid to ask the hard questions which highlight the desire for users to control their own data and software developers to not be locked into web 1.0 strategies.

Marc was the co-founder of MacroMind, which became Macromedia. While with MacroMind Marc helped develop:

  • the world's first multimedia player - now known as Flash, originally called Shockwave. The original player was the VideoWorks player - first created in Dec. 1984. Every Macintosh shipped with a player disc from 1986.
  • the world's first multimedia authoring system. Before MacroMind multimedia was created by programming. MacroMind helped introduce (along with Apple's Hypercard) the notion of end-user 'authoring' - where a simple scripting language and a timeline notional system were utilized to get images, sounds, animations and video synchronized and interactive - over time. First available in 1987.
  • the world's first cross-platform authoring system - popularizing the notion of "author once, play back many places". Content developers could create their interactive applications once, and play them back on Macintoshs or PCs. That was back in 1989.

Mentioned in several books, a leading blogger and web personality - Marc is also known as a father of five kids and Reggae enthusiast.

Kevin Marks

Monica Keller

Dare Obasanjo


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