Social Networks & the NEED for FEEDS

Location: San Diego Ballroom B Level: Novice

The latest revolution in social networks is the rollout of shared activity streams, such as Facebook’s News Feed & Plaxo’s Pulse. Come to this session to find out more about how feeds are changing the way people discover news, apps, and other information.

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Sean Ammirati

mSpoke / ReadWriteWeb

Currently, Sean is the VP of Business Development & Product Management at mSpoke, Inc. Sean also regularly contributes to the influential Read/WriteWeb blog and hosts the weekly podcast Read/WriteTalk. Once an aspiring programmer, Sean has found his niche as a new technology evangelist. Currently, this manifests itself in his passion for helping publishers revitalize their online content with mSpoke’s adaptive personalization solutions. Prior to co-founding mSpoke, Sean was a research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Industry Center and served on the Editorial Advisory Board and as a columnist for Information Week. He holds a B. S. in Computer Information Systems from Grove City College.

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Ian Kennedy


Ian Kennedy is product manager for MyBlogLog, a service Yahoo! acquired in January 2007. He has been with Yahoo! since 2005 and held roles in corporate development and the Yahoo! Publisher Network.

Prior to Yahoo!, Kennedy was director of Sales & Partner Development at Six Apart and was also at Factiva, a Dow Jones & Reuters joint venture where he held roles in product management, business development, and sales.

He is the founder of one of the Web’s longest running weekly city guide sites, Tokyo Q (, an English language city guide for visitors and residents of Tokyo.

Kennedy earned a BA at UC Berkeley. He currently lives in the San Francisco area with his wife and two children. He blogs at

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Bret Taylor


Bret Taylor is one of the founders of FriendFeed, which makes it easy to keep track of the web pages, videos, music, and photos your friends and family discover around the Internet. Before starting FriendFeed, Bret was at Google for four years, where he launched Google Maps, Google Local, the Google Maps API, and founded Google’s Developer product group. Bret has a MS and BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Kevin Marks


Kevin Marks is the founder of Proud To Pay. Over the last 20 years he’s moved between giant companies and founding startups – BBC, The UK MultiMedia Corporation, Apple QuickTime, Technorati, Google, BT, Salesforce. The common thread has been working out how people, computers and media can complement each other, and solving the engineering and social problems where they meet. He is one of the driving forces behind microformats, and indiewebcamp. He is an advisor to the Open Rights Group. He wants you to remember that URLs are people too, and his URL is

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David Recordon


David Recordon is the Senior Open Programs Manager at Facebook, where he leads open source and open standards initiatives. He joined Facebook from Six Apart where he focused on platform strategies, and previously worked at VeriSign in the emerging business group. David has played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of key social media technologies, such as OpenID and OAuth. He collaborated with Brad Fitzpatrick in the development of OpenID, which has since become the most popular decentralized single-sign-on protocol in the history of the Web. In 2007, he became the youngest recipient of the Google-O’Reilly Open Source Award.


Platinum Sponsor

  • Yahoo! Inc.

Gold Sponsors

  • CollegeNET
  • Friendster
  • Google
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  • RockYou
  • Userplane

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  • Charles River Venture
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