Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mahalo Meetup

I'm going to this event tonight. Looks like a great group of people coming out for this.

Event Details

Join with other LA based CTOs and CEOs for a valuable and fun gathering of top thinkers and doers in technology. Refreshments and engaging conversation will be provided.

Mahalo Meetup

7:00 PM August 13th, 2008

902 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica CA 90401

*Only the first 150 people to RSVP will be admitted.


  • Eric Marcoullier, CEO of Gnip, Inc: Talking about Gnip technology
  • Chris Schalk and Kevin Marks from Google: Talking about Open Social


About Gnip:

Gnip ( reduces the friction associated with moving content around the web.

Gnip enables data providers (Flickr, Twitter, Mahalo, etc) to easily syndicate data in real-time, pushing appropriate content to the appropriate partner as soon as it exists, reducing API usage by orders of magnitude in the process.

Data consumers (FriendFeed, Plaxo Pulse, Lijit, etc) use a simple API to tell Gnip which users on which services they care about, their favorite data protocol (XMPP, Atom, Rest, etc) and the data starts flowing *too* them, in realtime. This enables data consumers to focus their resources on creating compelling applications instead of aggregating data.


About Open Social:

OpenSocial ( defines a common API for social applications across multiple websites. With standard JavaScript and HTML, developers can create apps that access a social network's friends and update feeds.

A common API means you have less to learn to build for multiple websites. OpenSocial is currently being developed by a broad set of members of the web community. The ultimate goal is for any social website to be able to implement the API and host 3rd party social applications. There are many websites implementing OpenSocial, including, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo,, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING.

OpenSocial is built upon gadgets, so you can build a great, viral social app with little to no serving costs. With the Google Gadget Editor and a simple key/value API, you can build a complete social app with no server at all. Of course, you can also host your application on your own servers if you prefer. In all cases, Google's gadget caching technology can ease your bandwidth demands should your app suddenly become a worldwide success. More:

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