Looks like a group of smart folks have banded together as the Social Software Alliance, a “trade group of social software developers and other interested parties who work together to create and promote open standards for the social software community” (from the call for discussion). The founders include many of the “big brains” of the blogging/social software movement, including:
You’ll have to register with them to check out their site and founding documents… seems a little anti
social to me, but what do I know :) [UPDATE: After I posted this story Liz Lawley, another of the clever Social Software folks, kindly pointed out that I had my facts wrong — you don’t need to register to browse, only to post. Sorry about that… the link above should let you browse now.]
For those of you not inclined to register, you can see what people are saying about them by using Technorati’s Link Cosmos service. There’s also some good commentary from the participants themselves on the blogs listed above. [Seen on Smart Mobs]Posted by Jason Lefkowitz at April 17, 2003
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