Steve Gillmor

Steve Gillmor

Steve Gillmor is a technology commentator, editor, and producer in the enterprise technology space. He is Head of Technical Media Strategy at salesforce.com and a TechCrunch contributing editor.

Gillmor previously worked with leading musical artists including Paul Butterfield, David Sanborn, and members of The Band after an early career as a record producer and filmmaker with Columbia Records' Firesign Theatre. As personal computers emerged in video and music production tools, Gillmor started contributing to various publications, most notably Byte Magazine, where he was a lead reviewer of development and collaborative platform systems including Visual Basic, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office, and Windows NT. Subsequently, Gillmor served as a contributing editor at InformationWeek Labs, before joining Fawcette Technical Publications first as Senior Editor and later as Editor in Chief of Enterprise Development Magazine, and then Editor in Chief and Editorial Director of XML and Java Pro Magazines.

Gillmor joined InfoWorld Magazine as Test Center Director and back-page columnist. He also served as Editor of eWEEK.com's Messaging & Collaboration Center and OpEd columnist of eWeek's print publication. As blogging emerged, he wrote the first blogs for Ziff Davis Media, CMP's CRN, and CNet's ZDNet, where he remains a contributing editor. A podcasting pioneer, he developed and hosted the seminal Gillmor Gang podcast with industry notables including Jon Udell, Dan Farber, Mike Arrington, Jason Calacanis, Michael Vizard, Doc Searls and others as regulars. Gillmor has also championed development of industry standards, most notably his role as co-creator of the attention.xml specification and co-founder of the Attention Trust, a non-profit organization to protect user data rights.

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  • Is Facebook Ready To Face The Music?

    On today’s Gillmor Gang recording, Marc Canter frequently alluded to a Facebook announcement next Wednesday, July 23rd at its F8 platform conference in San Francisco, about their new thinking on the privacy of user-contributed data. While Canter is under NDA until the 23rd, this clearly is the much-promised and answer-avoided response to Facebook’s denial of service attack on… Read More

  • Back on Track

    Now that Twitter has gone public with its Summize acquisition and Evan Williams’ detailed discussion with Mike Arrington at Foo Camp, we can put to rest the garbage that Twitter is not perhaps the most important service of the next generation of computing. Williams’ transparency about potential business models may be of most interest to the TechCrunch audience, but for those who… Read More

  • Spy vs. Spy

    On demand computing has seen some significant challenges over the past few weeks. From Amazon to Rackspace at the provisioning level to Gnip and the social news stream to Apple’s iPhone software and hardware rollout, some new strategies are emerging to survive the reworking of the technology landscape. The ongoing Twitter saga provides an efficient microcosm for examining the delivery… Read More

  • The Enterprise iPhone Twitter Connection

    By Friday night we will all be sick of the iPhone 3G news. But even if you stick with your current model, the 2.0 software upgrade is still a big deal. From a consumer perspective, the important takeaways appear to be significant social media application competition between Loopt, MySpace, Facebook, and even AIM with its Buddy List/Social Graph. The iTunes Remote application foreshadows… Read More

  • Send in the Clowns

    Back in the old days – circa 1997-2000 – fear of Microsoft was a healthy preoccupation. Not only had Gates and crew succeeded in laying waste to the productivity app space, they had blunted the browser wave and were poised to lock down the developer community with .Net’s superior Visual Studio tooling. Today nobody is afraid of Microsoft anymore. Instead Google‘s lock… Read More

  • Deconstructing Twitter

    Today we get the latest full ongoing iterative back-filling explanation of Twitter and XMPP. Dave Winer’s intuition that FriendFeed is one of several (4) receipients of the XMPP data stream turns out to be correct. In a post this afternoon, Biz Stone confirms Summize and adds Twittervision and Zappos as the others. FriendFeed makes only small demands on its current subscriber base, but… Read More

  • Plus ça change

    Holiday weekends, especially the ones that bracket the summer months, tend to be stress tests for the tech media. With the proliferation of smart phones, social media aggregators, and of course the Twitter clonestakes, it’s now trivial to get a snapshot of what is going on throughout the “time off.” Is nothing going on? Has the TechMeme conversation dried up, as Robert… Read More

  • Plus ça change

    Holiday weekends, especially the ones that bracket the summer months, tend to be stress tests for the tech media. With the proliferation of smart phones, social media aggregators, and of course the Twitter clonestakes, it’s now trivial to get a snapshot of what is going on throughout the “time off.” Is nothing going on? Has the TechMeme conversation dried up, as Robert… Read More

  • Independence Day

    Tomorrow we celebrate July 4th, and a week later our long National Nightmare is over. On the 11th we deposit our 2G iPhones in the FriendFeed donation bins and officially hook ourselves up to the Enterprise iPhone. The ePhone will change how we work and play, and in the process free us from the tyranny of our jobs as consumers. When the iPhone shipped last year, IT responded with a wave of… Read More

  • Independence Day

    Tomorrow we celebrate July 4th, and a week later our long National Nightmare is over. On the 11th we deposit our 2G iPhones in the FriendFeed donation bins and officially hook ourselves up to the Enterprise iPhone. The ePhone will change how we work and play, and in the process free us from the tyranny of our jobs as consumers. When the iPhone shipped last year, IT responded with a wave of… Read More

  • No XMPP: What Is Twitter Protecting?

    It turns out the battle for control of Twitter rests almost exclusively in the unique value proposition of XMPP-served track. As Twitter strips away various features of its service to rebuild a scalable fail-whale -proof version, the one remaining hurdle is restoration of a fully-functional Track over IM. For the last two weeks, a one-way IM service via Gchat inside Gmail or Gtalk standalone… Read More

  • The Crown Jewels

    It turns out the battle for control of Twitter rests almost exclusively in the unique value proposition of XMPP-served track. As Twitter strips away various features of its service to rebuild a scalable fail-whale -proof version, the one remaining hurdle is restoration of a fully-functional Track over IM. For the last two weeks, a one-way IM service via Gchat inside Gmail or Gtalk standalone… Read More

  • The Smoking Gun

    As Bill Gates closed the door for the final time Friday on his ex-office (Ballmer takes over Monday) the rhetoric about continued one day a week doesn’t match the reality. Whether you believe Bill will have an ongoing role in Office and Windows futures, I bet most of Bill’s input is already factored in by the owners of those two dominant sources of Microsoft revenue. What comes… Read More

  • The Smoking Gun

    As Bill Gates closed the door for the final time Friday on his ex-office (Ballmer takes over Monday) the rhetoric about continued one day a week doesn’t match the reality. Whether you believe Bill will have an ongoing role in Office and Windows futures, I bet most of Bill’s input is already factored in by the owners of those two dominant sources of Microsoft revenue. What comes… Read More

  • Saving the FailWhale

    I so want to befriend FriendFeed. It would be the right thing to do: Permanently screw with the commenters who correctly believe I’m an arrogant elitist who wants to maintain my flimsy status at the bottom of the C-List. Truth be told, I despise social media for the wasted time I’ve spent ignoring the next phase only to pathetically cave as soon as I see the tide of history passing… Read More

  • Twitternoia

    Dave Winer is using Twitter of all things to point to the FriendFeed discussion about bolting from the limping real time service. Rafe Needleman is the locus for today’s grumbling, though Twitter’s @Replies outage fuels the faithful’s concerns on Twhirl and other alternative clients. Summize continues to function as a workaround for @replies by capturing twittername citations… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang 06.23.08

    A conversation with Dan Farber of Cnet about this mornings Salesforce event and new Google integration. Posts from Dan on Salesforce + Google are here and here. Listen to the podcast over at the Gillmor Gang site >> Read More

  • Free as in Platform

    Marc Benioff took the stage at the first of a global Tour de Force to get out in front of the scramble for software as a service bragging rights. On the surface, the event features a continuation of the alliance between Salesforce and Google’s Apps services. Behind the scenes, this is an old fashioned land grab for developers, trying to pry them off Visual Studio and .Net and into… Read More

  • The Mouse That Roared

    Our visit the other day to the GooglePlex was extraordinary on a number of levels. At its simplest, the Gmail group opened its kimono to bloggers and what’s left of the mainstream media – full stop. We were asked not to live video the announcements of Gmail Labs, and to clear photographs with the team in case we accidentally revealed some strategic details. by Steve… Read More

  • Surviving the Net

    Who controls TinyURL (or Snurl or other URL shortener) controls the high ground in the battle for the Internet platform. Here’s why: Our brains are wired to protect ourselves from threats to our food, oxygen, and water sources. Most attacks on our supply chains come from those closest to us, our families, friends, business associates, and combinations of those groups. We handle… Read More