Sun has a social network server?

We're trying to get the word out about Project SocialSite so of course we're happy to get a mention in Matt Asay's popular open source blog at CNET, The Open Road, even if Matt has a "hard time wrapping" his "brain around how this fits into the larger Sun story." Matt wonders what we're doing and seems to think we're goofing around. We're not, we think social networking is an important part of web application and identity infrastructure. Seriously :-)

Bob Bickel of social networking application server company Ringside Networks seems to agree. Here's what he wrote in the comments of Matt's post:

Bob Bickel: The way we see the market going is that there are an emerging set of API's and infrastructure software needed to enable a website to become social. One of those API's is Open Social, and the Shindig project implements this. You could kind of view Shindig as equal to the old Sun Reference Implementations of like J2EE, and SocialSite as a production implementation.

That's not a bad characterization of what we're doing, but SocialSite is much more than just Shindig. We're adding things like a flexible data-model implementation, a complete UI for social networking in the form of widgets, REST API extensions, the ability to enable existing apps and the list goes on.

Comments:

Has Sun made any $$ from its investments on roller? What is the revenue plan for SocialSite? Seems like an engineering project that stemmed from the OpenSocial buzz created by Google. Will be interesting to see what happens then the OpenSocial buzz dies down ... which is in process now.

Posted by Zzzzzzz on August 18, 2008 at 05:41 PM EDT #

Regarding your first question, Sun has definitely benefited from it's minimal investments in Roller for blogs.sun.com, but has not shipped a commercial product based on Roller thus no direct revenue. On the second, Sun has announced any product (or revenue) plans for SocialSite. And to your comment: we started working on SocialSite before OpenSocial was announced, but we do like the OpenSocial buzz and don't see it going away any time soon.

- Dave

Posted by Dave Johnson on August 19, 2008 at 02:36 AM EDT #

Hi,

I saw that Sun recently joined Liferay portal development team. Liferay, which is a very good portal by the way, provides some basics Opensocial capabilities based on Shindig.

So my question is: is there any collaboration between OpenSocial Liferay work and SocialSite or are are they just redundant efforts? If not please could you emphasis what are the collaboration plans.

Aside from that I'm very happy with such a project announcement.

Oh by the way: I saw Matt Asay opening an Openbravo conf at Barcelona last year. He would have been way more inspired rather betting on Socialsite or anything else than Openbravo (I don't think they will ever come up with a good product for real since it's clearly only a hyped bloatware at the moment), but that's just an other point. I should say that guy lost all his credit to me as soon as I discovered the truth about Openbravo. Still Alfresco rocks, no problem with that.

Posted by moxul on August 28, 2008 at 10:48 AM EDT #

This is clearly replica watches the job for our legal fraternity

Posted by jiangfan on February 26, 2010 at 05:44 PM EST #

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