Steve Gillmor

Steve Gillmor is a technology commentator, editor, and producer in the enterprise technology space. He is Head of Technical Media Strategy at 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’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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  • Escape the browser?

    Sun’s difficult position has been covered here, in business circles, and even in the land of puppets. So when Jonathan Schwartz surfaces with the launch of JavaFX 1.0, naturally the question in everyone’s mind is how exactly a client technology is going to advance Sun’s position in the marketplace as it downsizes to avoid a possible collapse. Schwartz comes out swinging in… Read More

  • Not even close

    Pownce is dead. So what. Micromessaging has always been about the next phase beyond email, and oh so not about competition between micromessaging vendors. Twitter is the Kleenex of the space and has survived its most difficult phase. There is no competition for Twitter, not even close. FriendFeed is the reason Twitter has won. It’s the toolkit for providing innovation around Twitter. It… Read More

  • The intersection of social media and the cloud

    The competition for the next wave of enterprise computing has heated up since Microsoft announced its Windows Azure strategy a month ago. While the jury is out in some quarters about Microsoft’s ability to actually deliver the reliability, security, and even the interoperability that is promised, the timetable has accelerated the plans of competitors and forced some to define themselves… Read More

  • Twitter and streaming video make debut in Mumbai coverage

    The terrorist attacks in Mumbai played out not only on cable networks but for the first time since the election on computer screens. CNN offered a live feed at the top of its Web site that required downloading Flash 10 to operate. The beta client is reminiscent of the Olympics Silverlight client, which allowed switching between multiple feeds. In this new coverage, you could switch between… Read More

  • A Whale of an Opportunity

    If Twitter wants to make money, it needs to do to others what they’ve been trying to do to Twitter. That is, extend its lead in market share by solving the problem of cross-platform micromessaging. With activity streams from Facebook, Microsoft, MySpace, FriendFeed, and a score of smaller players flowing over RSS, XMPP, and HTTP Push, Twitter can consolidate its power by cloning the best… Read More

  • A sheepish apology

    Interesting factoid while awaiting Track’s return to Twitter and debut on FriendFeed. This evening I’ve been perusing the FriendFeed message base, an increasingly enjoyable and dare I say it valuable experience. In the process I replied to a few comments from several days ago, including one from a Phil Glockner: I just noticed Steve seems to be actively using FriendFeed, at… Read More

  • The Free Store

    It’s not the famous Web 3.0 the semantic crowd has been lobbying for for years. It’s not the next big thing or even the next little thing, or whatever the Times touted when it went nuts for micromessaging today. It’s Web 2.2, and it stands for incremental improvements that, oh by the way, add up to a big leap.

    I’m branding this as an homage to the latest iPhone OS… Read More

  • The Enterprise Crunchie

    One of the awards at the Crunchies this coming January 9th in San Francisco is for the best of the enterprise. In this Year of the Cloud, the rush of entrants in the on-demand race is showing no signs of letting up. Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Rackspace, and Apple are just a few of the clouds already in place, and scores of development and management tools from Adobe, Sun, IBM, Oracle… Read More

  • The Wind Cries Cloud Computing

    It’s no surprise what’s happened to the record business in the wake of the digital realignment of the media. Even transitional gambits such as Starbuck’s in-store sales of CDs are going the way of the record stores of yore. Apple is reportedly negotiating with the 3 other major labels to join EMI in banishing DRM, and Paul McCartney’s latest electronique collaboration… Read More

  • Crosstown Traffic: Adobe and Microsoft trading spaces

    It seemed almost like the Good Old Days when everyone waited on Microsoft to show their cards before doing anything. While Adobe took over Moscone West in San Francisco for its MAX developer conference, Microsoft launched its Microsoft Online Services operation at the St. Regis 3 blocks away before an audience of press, analysts, bloggers, and most importantly, business partners. As one Adobe… Read More

  • Microcasting

    When people come up against the realtime experience, they have one of several fundamental reactions. The first, and most pervasive, is excitement, following almost immediately by mistrust. This is great, followed by How can I keep up with this? Next is bargaining: attempting to manage the flow through a combination of filtering and exclusion, reducing the noise but also in the process the… Read More

  • The Open Stack discussed at Internet Identity Workshop

    Dare Obasanjo tweets today about why he likes Microsoft Live services and why that means he doesn’t think much of OpenSocial. It seems at least some Microsoftees still think the best way to compete is to talk down the competition, but I guess old habits die slowly. Here’s a video shot yesterday at Internet Identity Workshop where David Recordon of Six Apart and Kevin Marks of… Read More

  • Silverlite

    Google’s release of its Gmail Video service is noteworthy for several reasons. It is integrated into the Gmail console, adding voice and video services to the realtime console that is being built out around XMPP. It is remarkably easy to use; Dan Farber just called to test the service and I popped the window out and continued chatting with him while returning to this post. Several alerts… Read More

  • Friendfeed's Bret Taylor talks XMPP on Gillmor Gang

    Friendfeed co-founder Bret Taylor joined the Gillmor Gang this afternoon to discuss Friendfeed’s XMPP stream of its Home and Friends List feeds. I sat with Taylor at the Friendfeed offices and Marc Canter joined intermittently by phone. Canter took the opportunity to vent about Friendfeed’s responsibility to exert leadership in the XMPP space before his line unexpectedly went… Read More

  • Dan Farber on Yahoo, Sun, and Web 2.0 Summit In the press room at the Web 2.0 Summit, editor in chief Dan Farber covers Day 2 of the grand old conference, now in… Read More

  • I want my iTV

    At the O’Reilly Web 2.0 Summit conference in San Francisco, a context switch from Web 2.0 to cloud computing is well under way. Wired’s Kevin Kelly suggested a variation of the Semantic Web where pages give way to the data on the pages, with each of those chunks representing real objects in physical space, or a Kelly said, anything that can hold an electric… Read More

  • Realtime goes primetime

    Friendfeed’s march toward realtime functionality is already seeing some switching from focus on as the service most likely to dent Twitter’s rule of the micromessagesphere. One star developer, Dustin Sallings is now moving forward with a new XMPP service even as Gnip announces it’s abandoning XMPP services because of problems with servers consuming its often… Read More

  • Salesforce meets Facebook Connect

    ZDNet’s Michael Krigsman asked me to join a short podcast with Salesforce’s AppExchange Product Line Director Clare Shih and Facebook’s Senior Platform Manager Dave Morin. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg took part in Marc Benioff’s DreamForce opening keynote as the Salesforce CEO announced a data sharing partnership with the social media giant. The podcast is available… Read More

  • The Battle for Microsoft's Soul

    So much of this long protracted struggle for political change has rubbed off on the tech community. In the partisan windup to this long election process, we’ve become almost inured to the fact that as much as things will continue to be the same, already the “choice” between the two candidates has produced one sure thing. That is, either of the two candidates represents… Read More

  • sets its Sites on Microsoft

    Salesforce’s DreamForce developer conference opens Monday morning with the announcement of a new Sites service. Sites is a new business for Salesforce, potentially extending the thousands of applications by pushing application data to the Web over Salesforce servers. The new service leverages’s VisualForce UI construction tools as well as… Read More