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Motion for Movable Type

One of the fun projects I've been involved in at work the past few months has been Motion which we're describing as "a new free beta social application for Movable Type." As Anil wrote today in the blog post announcing the public beta:

But the vision of Motion is something we've been working on for a long time, well before we acquired Pownce or before the tech blogosphere started talking about Google Friend Connect vs. Facebook Connect. So, we'd like to outline some of the guiding principles that informed our creation of Motion, as a starting point to the conversation about where social applications in general are headed.

  • The biggest social network is the Internet itself.
  • Today’s mainstream social networks are like yesterday’s mainstream media.
  • Reveal the community you already have.
  • Your social network belongs under your control.
  • Your community should start with half a billion members.
  • The web is in Motion.

Basically, Motion brings even more social feature to Movable Type focused on being able to run an interactive community, a social network, that is connected with the rest of the web. This means that the main page of your site is an aggregation of what your members are posting locally (photos, videos, text, links, etc) as well as the actions they're taking around the web (such as their Twitter updates). Profiles then show what a person has been doing and who they're following. Really just all sorts of interesting stuff that's explained even better on the Movable Type Motion beta page.

It's been a fun project since the team hasn't been thinking about how to cram every latest feature from Facebook, Twitter, Pownce, Tumblr or FriendFeed into Motion, but rather around what real community maintainers are wanting to be able to do with this sort of tool. It also follows through on our announcement at Facebook f8 earlier this year where we said that we would ship support for Facebook Connect, but of course we did it Six Apart style and included support for Google's OpenID Provider as well!

Go open web, go!


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Dec. 16th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)

Bringing in stuff from around the web is cool. I guess now we just need to get the Activity Streams spec finished so that stuff from Motion can be pushed or pulled out into the wider web too.


Dec. 16th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
Making DiSo real!
Dec. 16th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)

I'd certainly love to be able to use Motion on my own site for my own microblogging while still being visible to the rest of the web; right now I just seem to randomly jump between Twitter, FriendFeed and Identi.ca because I can't decide which one to use, but really I just want to host it myself. :)

Dec. 16th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
Great initiative
This looks more promising that many other "lifestreamers" out there. I'm, for one, using wordpress, but would be very interested to look into it a little bit more.

Wondering what you're going to make with Pownce, then :-)
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Excited to see something that very well represents many of the concepts of DiSo finally coming together! Can't wait to see what happens with the activity stream work from here on out!
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
A great step into the right direction! :-)
Looking forward to download it and try it out myself. What we might need additionally in the future though is more control over your data. I hope this is one of the next steps to think about (actually in fact it has started in the DISO group).

And another issue to be solved becomes apparent from the screenshots: The amount of buttons to login.. Imagine nearly every service being an openid provider.. I guess you don't want to list 100 buttons.

Dec. 16th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited to see this launch. Thanks for all the hard work on Connect, and I'm happy to see so much support for logging in with open standards.

-Luke Shepard
Dec. 18th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
I just read about Motion - sounds like a really interesting idea. So many of the microblogging/aggregation services are end-user services, I like the fact that this is geared towards organizations to implement. I think it fills a good need. Looking forward to learning more!

(I actually just posted my thoughts at http://www.afhill.com/blog/2008/12/17/movable-type-motion-beta-pownce/ (http://www.afhill.com/blog/2008/12/17/movable-type-motion-beta-pownce/) )
Dec. 19th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Cool= I want for my own blog! :)
Jan. 1st, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Sorry if I missed an obvious answer here - I see a place on the Motion Beta site where I can get code - but will Motion run in the open source version of MT, or does it require MT Pro?
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