The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — spent a rare Sunday session raking Twitter over the coals. Well, some of the Gang, that is. Scoble and Marks chimed in from Austin, while the others stayed behind in SIlicon Valley. But the split divided differently over Twitter’s move to lock down client development. Marks and Taschek thought Twitter’s move was heavy-handed and a mistake, while Scoble agreed with me that Twitter was in the driver’s seat.
South By Southwest seems to continue to grow in attendance and startup launches, with less impact due to the fragmentation of competitors bunched up in group chatting and other location-based features. Meanwhile, the rich get richer if we measure by adoption and extensions of metadata models in search of monetization opportunities. The age-old discussion of open v. closed may still capture its share of blogosphere attention, but behind the scenes the move from consumer cloud to the enterprise is changing the metrics to those of trust and stability.