I was going to write a post about Fast Company’s Web 3,0 ambitions after they hired pitchman supreme Robert Scoble and sidekick Shel Israel to do video and TV for FC, but I didn’t, but now, with the new announcement of the next gen of the FC community, I have to jump in.
Honcho Ed Sussman says all the right things about networked journalism and citizen media and contributing to the conversation, but truth is, as I read those fine words, all I thought about was the trouble of establishing myself and my identity in yet another space. Bandwidth, people.
But Sussman’s next set of phrases completely got my attention:
“Open source allows us to take advantage of the work of thousands of developers contributing back their work free-of-charge to the platform. We hope the development work we contribute back will help to improve all sites running on the Drupal platform. We’re committed to supporting OpenID, the movement to allow portability of a member’s own data from one site to another. (When you register at FastCompany.com, feel free to import your LinkedIn, Gmail, Yahoo mail, or Outlook contacts. If Facebook opens their ” walled garden,” we’ll help you import those contacts, too.)”
Ed, now you’re talking, If you’re telling me you’re committing to data portability and open source, then I am super interested in what you’re doing–and applaud how how you’re adding onto and re-jiggering FC as media–and technology–evolve.

I was going to write a post about Fast Company’s Web 3,0 ambitions after they hired pitchman supreme Robert Scoble and sidekick Shel Israel to do video and TV for FC, but I didn’t, but now, with the new announcement of the next gen of the FC community, I have to jump in.
Honcho Ed Sussman says all the right things about networked journalism and citizen media and contributing to the conversation, but truth is, as I read those fine words, all I thought about was the trouble of establishing myself and my identity in yet another space. Bandwidth, people.
But Sussman’s next set of phrases completely got my attention:
“Open source allows us to take advantage of the work of thousands of developers contributing back their work free-of-charge to the platform. We hope the development work we contribute back will help to improve all sites running on the Drupal platform. We’re committed to supporting OpenID, the movement to allow portability of a member’s own data from one site to another. (When you register at FastCompany.com, feel free to import your LinkedIn, Gmail, Yahoo mail, or Outlook contacts. If Facebook opens their ” walled garden,” we’ll help you import those contacts, too.)”
Ed, now you’re talking, If you’re telling me you’re committing to data portability and open source, then I am super interested in what you’re doing–and applaud how how you’re adding onto and re-jiggering FC as media–and technology–evolve.