Product & Startup Builder

Personal Reality - Personal Media

Added on by Chris Saad.

I have written on my personal blog about what I am starting to call "Personal Reality".

As I wrote there:

Personal Media includes your friend's shared items. It includes the comments you leave on blogs. It includes Social Media. But it also includes private updates. Updates from your Intranet. Updates from your family. Updates from broadcast media. Updates that matter to you - no one else.

Personal Media is about recognizing that people are social and private. They are interested in personal experiences.

Check it out.

AUDIO - First DataPortability Steering Group Teleconference

Added on by Chris Saad.
Last night (PST Time) we had our first Steering Group Teleconference. It was great, productive call with lots of outcomes that are currently being implemented. We also agreed to meet in a similar way every 2 weeks.

Listen to a recording of the call hosted here on John Breslin's blog.

Thanks to everyone who organized and participated.

VIDEO - DataPortabilityAndMe - Chris Saad Responds

Added on by Chris Saad.
As part of the ongoing DataPortabilityAndMe conversation, I have posted my series of videos answering the questions posed... here they are!

What does DataPortability mean to me?

How will DataPortability change the way I use the web?

How would you explain the value of DataPortability to Vendors?

How would you explain the value of DataPortability to End-users?

What would you like to see from the DataPortability Project in the next 12-24 months?

I want DataPortability

VIDEO PROJECT - Share your thoughts about DataPortability

Added on by Chris Saad.
Time to continue the conversation about DataPortability... this time using video.

We want to hear your thoughts about DataPortability recorded as a short video. We hope to share these videos individually as well as compile them into a single video to help the community understand expectations, goals and themes that are emerging in the discussion.

Here are the questions we'd like you to answer.
  • What does DataPortability mean to you?

  • How do you imagine DataPortability might change the way you use the web?

  • How would you explain the value of DataPortability to Vendors - those that store the data.

  • How would you explain the value of DataPortability to Users - those that create and own the data.

  • Ideally, what would you like to see from the DataPortability Project in the next 12 months? 24 months?

  • What else would you like to say? Make up a question and answer it!

  • Finally, if you agree with the sentiment, please say "My name is [your name] and I want Data Portability" at the end of your video.
If you can, please try to limit the video to a maximum of 5 minutes.

We'd like to compile these for February 20th. Please make sure you get your video in before then!

To submit the video, post it to one of the video sharing sites and tag it 'DataPortabilityAndMe'

I look forward to seeing what the community has to say.

Special thanks to Daniela Barbosa, Chris Messina and the Evangelism Action Group for this idea!

Dissolution of Social Networks - AUDIO

Added on by Ash.

My lovely wife (who is an Economics and Business teacher coincidentally) sent me a Podcast today which really blew me away. It's an interview with Andreas Kluth (San Francisco correspondent for The Economist) talking about real and virtual campfires, and predicts the dissolution of standalone social networks as we know them.

Anyone interested in the next generation of internet technology really needs to listen to this podcast. Its clear, concise and really gets at the heart of many social graph issues and human behavior.

From Russia with Love

Added on by Ash.
With some hilarity, I present: Russian computer program fakes chat room flirting.
Internet chat room romantics beware: your next chat may be with a clinical computer trying to win your personal data and not your heart, an online security firm says.
I find this both hilarious on a number of levels, but it illustrates so perfectly about how valuable (as users of the interwebs) our attention data is. It's so valuable that some smart people have written what can really only be described as a Trojan horse for attention data!

PC Tools senior malware analyst Sergei Shevchenko says the program has a "terrifyingly well-organised" interaction that could fool users into giving up personal details and could easily be converted to work in other languages.

"As a tool that can be used by hackers to conduct identity fraud, CyberLover demonstrates an unprecedented level of social engineering," he said in a statement.

"It employs highly intelligent and customised dialogue to target users of social networking systems."

This is not some script kiddy. Or some backyard Javascript peddler. This is some serious hardcore natural language processing prodigy who has the temerity and the wits to make a quick buck by collecting social and personal attention metrics. I can't condone his actions; as I do find it highly immoral (and unethical) but I can definitely see why someone would do such a thing.

This also highlights the need for the general public to be more conscious and aware of their attention data, how to obtain it, how to control it and how to move it. It clearly demonstrates the value of the data we allow companies and products to collect about us with little or no hesitation. We allow these companies to collect whatever they like, without even letting us have a glimpse of what inside their walled gardens.

It's long past due that we all stood up and asked them to open the doors.

It's time we all started demanding Data Portability.

OT - Julie == Spouse 2.0

Added on by Ash.
As many of you know, today (in America at least) is Spouse 2.0. Some people assume that it's like another opportunity to mirror Valentine's Day, which is fine; but thats a holiday for love and Spouse 2.0 is about thanks, spun with a geeky name to make it more accessible for us geek types.

Let me explain my situation a little bit.

Julie is my loving wife. And obviously we care about one another a great deal, but being a start-up founder is very hard on the loved ones in your life. Constantly being at the computer distant conversations by the cool glow of an LCD screen (or three). And while she might tolerate my somewhat poor relationship behavior, because of the hope of financial freedom or because I am doing what I love; the fact remains that it must be incredibly hard.

Now while this is true for so many other partners out there, its my firm belief that Julie has it harder than most. You see, not only does she also work full time and do an amazing job looking after the 2 little ones, but she has to deal daily with TWO "start-up" founders in her house.

She cooks us dinner, cleans our house, does the shopping the laundry and basically makes our lives such that we don't really have to think about much other than Particls.

She is a Particls user, however, so I do find some solace in the idea that we actually save her some time – somehow evening the score. But I don't actually say "thank you" nearly as much as I should. So, here, in this public forum; "Thank you Julie".

But alas, she does tolerate far more than even a cool and reasonable person, so I was more than happy to purchase her a gift (or two) to show my appreciation for her help and patience. I (well, actually "we" because Chris came with me) bought her the Jamie Oliver book "Jamie at Home" and the newish Michael Connelly book "Echo Park".

So my last act of Spouse 2.0 day is to publicly thank Julie for her endless devotion to 2 start-up founders who love her unconditionally.

Happy Spouse 2.0 day Julie, and all the other Spouse 2.0's out there.

Nominate Faraday Media for the Crunchies

Added on by Chris Saad.
If you like Particls, Engagd, APML, DataPortability, The Media 2.0 Workgroup or handsome men from Australia please vote for the company that created them all!

Please nominate "Faraday Media" for the Crunchies under the following categories:

  • Best technology innovation / achievement
    Recognition for best new technology achievement or breakthrough

  • Best bootstrapped start-up
    For a company that has raised less than $100.000 from individuals, angels or others

  • Best international start-up
    To recognize start-up achievement outside the United States (company must be founded, headquartered and operated primarily outside the US)

  • Most likely to make the world a better place
    To recognize a site that is making an important social impact in the world. Site does not need to be a non-profit to qualify.
Spread the word :)

Dallas Freeman Joins Faraday Media

Added on by Ash.
A new staff member joined the Faraday Media team today. Dallas is an old colleague and is helping us out part-time.

In his other job, Dallas is working as a multimedia lecturer at a Technical College just north of Brisbane so he bring a lot of fresh and innovative ideas to the Faraday Team.

Welcome Dallas!

OT - Re-starting my personal blog

Added on by Chris Saad.
I've decided to try to resurrect my personal blog - so if you'd like to follow along check it out over here.

Here's an excerpt:
Are you looking for money?

My answer has changed dramatically over the life of Faraday. It has gone from "Looking for money? What you mean on the street?" to "Are you kidding, we would love any money - how about $10, do you have $10?" and then to "Sure we are raising a round, we have [insert great elevator pitch here]". It then shifted to "Really? Is that all you got?" and so on.

Since some of the most recent developments in the product/business strategy and the great adoption rate of APML has become clear the question "Are you looking for money" has been raised a few more times.

Most recently though, my answer has changed again. My answer now is "No, but we are looking for partners".

MySpace & MTV Plan US Presidential Candidate Chats

Added on by Ash.
A recent headline from the Australian ABC really grabbed my attention today. Its says:
"MySpace and MTV say they have joined forces to let candidates for the US presidency individually discuss ideas and issues with young people in online webcasts."
This sort of news really excites me becasue its seems, like never before just as the audience has the power in the web, the world can now have the power over governments. I'm sure there are many people who will complain about the potential bias of MySpaces cooperate linage - but I am of the optimistic belief that any conversation, especially political direction and debate is ultimately positive.

Its a perfect example I think of social media reaching out to the masses, giving people from all walks, the chance to be heard.

It also got me wondering, how would have the 60's, 70's and 80's been different if we had Social Media and Social Networking resources back then? I wonder if Social Media might put us on path to finally start getting over our differences and start getting the work that needs to be done; done?

via Particls.

Tangler on Techcrunch

Added on by Chris Saad.
Our forum system for Particls is powered by If you log on to provide us feedback you will find a real-time chat/forum hybrid full of AJAX goodness.

Tangler is starting to venture out of the shadows and has recently been reviewed on Techcrunch.

The ability to span Synchronous and Asynchronous conversation puts Tangler in a category all on its own. Jump in at any time, or discuss in real-time. Join the conversation late? No worries, read back through the archived history.

The real power of Tangler becomes clear, however, when you look at the distributed nature of the system. One conversation, many 'windows'. You can particupate from the Tangler UI, in an embedded chat room on another site or on a widget somewhere.

Check out our Tangler group to get started.

New Feature: Auto-Update Levels

Added on by Chris Saad.
The latest version of Particls has lots of nifty enhancements and improvements however I wanted to bring your attention to one in particular.

There is a setting in the 'Skins and Settings' property sheet called 'AutoupdateType'

From now on, we will be pushing 'Experimental Builds' first, then Minor Builds second, then Major Builds third.

This means if you consider yourself a hardcore tester and true Particls fan, you can get more updates, earlier, by using the 'Experimental Builds' setting. This exposes you to more risks (as far as using Beta software goes), but it also means that you can get in early and have your say on bugs and features

It also means that if you are a user who prefers to keep a stable, smooth operation, you will see less updates and less hickups in your Particls experience!

Thanks to the usual hard work of the Dev team especially Ash and Paul for this one.

You would have learned about this first on Tangler and Twitter.