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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,
Re: Congrats - ext_91282 - Aug. 25th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC) - Expand
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-
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