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Status Update: David is...

So yeah, it's true. Next week I'm excited to join Facebook's engineering team as the Senior Open Programs Manager and will continue focusing on open source and open standards. I haven't started yet, so I'll keep it light on the details until I've really started to dig in.

Two years ago when I re-joined Six Apart, I did so out of an interest in evolving social networking technologies along with brad and we – along with many others – have made an amazing amount of progress. This was my second time working at Six Apart and I'm sad to leave; they're a great bunch of people with some awesome stuff coming.

This past year as I've worked closer with teams at Facebook, I've been impressed by their products, smart people, and innovation. I hope to continue building on my past experience in working on making the web more open and useful for everyone along with the great team at Facebook!


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Aug. 25th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Right on Dave. Let's hope that having you, Morin, Elman and Shepard on the inside can keep Facebook honest as they continue their upward climb.

As McCrea likes to say, we've seen this movie before — and preventing the AOLization of Facebook is probably the number one thing that openness can prevent (not to mention all the good stuff that openness brings).

I also think that there is a difference between the "openness" that Facebook has promoted this year and the one that we tend to espouse, so narrowing that divide will be a great thing to apply yourself to.

Congrats and good luck, yo.
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats
I'm not so sure that AOLization is a bad thing - if you're talking about making technology accessible to a large population :-)

But it will be great to have you leading the charge for openness and solid ID management practices at a time when Facebook has some important choices to make - both on the technical and policy front. And I'm looking forward to continuing to work with you as you make your move to FB.

Congrats again,
Aug. 25th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats
Heh — right on Edwin. When I say "AOLization", I primarily am referring to the "AOL interweb" vs the rest of the open web. Making technology more accessible is certainly a good thing — but doing so at the expense of individual choice, well, that's something I couldn't support (not that you're suggesting as much — just sayin').
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Good for Facebook! I'm sure you're going to push the envelope there. Good for you! It sounds like there's a lot of great stuff afoot there.
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Congrats, hope you like it there :)
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Hey bud - big congrats from us at Carsonified!
Aug. 25th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats!
Thanks Ryan! I'm looking forward to an awesome FOWA this year!
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Congrats! Sounds like a great opportuntiy and you will kick ass I'm sure.

Hopefully you'll still get to tour the world doing great presentations n' stuff.

Thanks for all your help with our stuff in the past year!

Aug. 25th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
This is going to have a big impact on Facebook. Best of luck buddy - it's going to be interesting to see the impact you will have on the internal company culture and product evolution.
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
Good luck!
Glad I got to meet you, albeit for just a few minutes, on a random trip to NYC. Good luck and best wishes!
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Woot! Congratualations.
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Congrats, that's exciting news! I hope they treat you well!
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Congrats and good luck! :)
Aug. 25th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Aug. 25th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
At last!
Dave - you have no idea how excited I am that you're joining. +1 Edwin and Chris - it's still super early in this social web thing and I'm really glad you'll be there to help guide the ship. Can't wait for you to get started.
Aug. 25th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Congratulations Dave!

This is so exciting! I expect that this means great things for open standards. I look forward to hearing about your plans with Facebook and can't wait until you jump in!

Does this mean Hawaii 5.0 is on?

Much aloha,

Laurel Boylen

Ken Kennedy [kenzoid.com]
Aug. 25th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Congrats, David!
This should be interesting...I personally think that Facebook needs a the most help right now with exactly the sorts of open standards and nuanced social sharing concepts that you can really help with. So potentially a very big win! I wish you the best.
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Congrats David!
Congrats! Stop by next time you are in portland. larry-
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Great news Dave! The world was a better place for having you at 6A — I can only see it be even better having you at Facebook. A Chris said, having you, Morin, and the rest of the crew on the inside is a big deal to those of us on the outside.
Aug. 25th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
Have fun at facebook!
I hope you have a great time there.
Aug. 25th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
I wish I knew what Facebooks next moves were, it seems like it's going to be very interesting.
Aug. 25th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
You're doing God's work, son.
Aug. 25th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Awesome news
That is such great news for Facebook and for you. What a great platform from which to champion for a more Open Web. Great work!
Aug. 25th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and best of luck :)
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Best of luck with facebook, I hope you get to work on fun and exciting stuff.
Aug. 25th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Congratulations David, I hope you'll be able to carry on the work with open standards and make the best out of your position in facebook.

Aug. 25th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Best of luck
Good luck, David.

It's been a blast working with you. Go make Facebook more better.

Aug. 25th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
David, this exciting news! Best of luck to you, sir. I can't wait to see the benefits that this move will yield for everyone.
Aug. 25th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I'm super stoked for you, but selfishly very sad. It will not be the same around here without you.

Nonetheless, go forth and do good stuff.
Aug. 25th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
Super exciting, hope it goes well. :) Enjoy the commute!
Aug. 26th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
I don't trust Facebook, but I do trust you...
Congrats David! As much as I can't stand Facebook, I appreciate the fact that they know good people and have the sense to hire them. It gives me hope that one day I might actually be able to enjoy using the site that all of my friends and family are on instead of gritting my teeth at all of the things that drive me insane about it.

Now only if they would hire a top-flight user experience designer, all of my worries and annoyances might be a thing of the past.
Sep. 19th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
Congratulations Dave! Looking forward to your influence at facebook :)
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