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Archive for November 2007

Companies That Don’t Even Realize They Are Members

November 16, 2007

While Amazon is trying to figure out whether or not to be OpenSocial, we welcome them to ClosedPrivate. Advertisements

T-Shirts

November 14, 2007

Every startup needs a t-shirt. We’ve got them here at ClosedPrivate. We can’t show you a picture of them, but I’ll give you a hint – they are black on black. They are $29.95 each. If you want one, please leave a comment below with your name, address, credit card #, and social security number. […]

Presenting ClosedPrivate

November 13, 2007

This weekend I was asked to present on the topic of ClosedPrivate vs. OpenSocial at a conference. Clearly, the organizers do not get it. ClosedPrivate isn’t a movement to be evangelized. It needs no evangelism. It stands on its own. I told this to the gentleman inquiring and said that I would not discuss ClosedPrivate. […]

Who is eyeing your API?

November 11, 2007

Yes, API has been proclaimed the king of the social web. But do you need it? Of course not! Consider how APIs work. You spend time luring users to your site. You create a hot site to make them create account. You make it really hot so that they bring their friends. You sit there […]

Please Don’t Free My Data

November 8, 2007

One of the guiding principles of ClosedPrivate is secrecy. No matter what, we won’t let you have access to your data, or anyone elses. We promise. We’ve spent many minutes figuring out the best approaches to this and when we actually roll out the spec (in private, of course) we’ll make sure we don’t do […]

Kevin Marks from Google at Defrag

November 6, 2007

Kevin Marks from Google is up on stage discussing OpenSocial and walking us through a presentation.  He did a nice job defending himself from the hecklers in the crowd, especially the clueless VC ones.  He just said “privacy concerns” which reminds me that under the parameters of ClosedPrivate I need to stop talking about his […]

Coverage in GigaOM

November 6, 2007

The ClosedPrivate Initiative got nice coverage in GigaOM today.  While we appreciate the virtual ink, we still aren’t letting Om Malik join the initiative until he begs.  We might, however, let Anne Zelanka join if she continues to write nice things about us.

OpenSocial Hacked / ClosedPrivate BulletProof

November 6, 2007

TechCrunch is reporting that OpenSocial was hacked again yesterday.  We challenge the OpenSocial hacker to give it his best hacking ClosedPrivate, especially since we’re not sure what exactly he’d hack.  I guess he could hack WordPress.com, the ClosedPrivate brother to the OpenSocialness of WordPress.org.

Announcing The ClosedPrivate Initiative

November 5, 2007

Did you seriously think we were going to tell you anything useful? This is – after all – the ClosedPrivate Initiative. We are Closed and we are Private. You have to be a member to participate. Don’t be sad – there’s always OpenSocial.