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 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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Latest from Steve Gillmor

  • The Bearhug

    Dave Winer used the bearhug to wrap his arms around Netscape’s version of RSS and not let go until a merged RSS was born. With Twitter’s announcement of “a minor change to the API that should have a major impact on the Twitter community” the time may be here to bearhug Twitter and unify the microblogging architecture. The tweak “allows API clients to specify… Read More

  • Another Brick in the Wall

    The battle for Tw*tter took another interesting turn as developer Brad Williams rolled out a bridge between and Twitter. Register for the beta service and all subsequent posts on will be reposted on Twitter, prepended with a user configurable flag that defaults to I’ve been self-exiled from posting on Twitter for a month now, but the new service… Read More

  • The Zero Sum Games

    Dare Obasanjo does a good job of gathering together the sad sack stories of a number of startup acquisitions. The rule of thumb he suggests is that rewriting in the acquirer’s technology base destroys the confidence of the startup’s developers, who trigger a cascading loss of faith by users as the founders abandon the company. He cites Fred Wilson’s frank assessment of his… Read More

  • MeshMail

    Just because IT hasn’t gotten the memo, doesn’t mean they should kid themselves into thinking cloud computing hasn’t arrived. Two simultaneous events – the launch of substantive online coverage of the Olympics and the massive Gmail outage – signal the coming of age of on-demand. First the one that’s working, making money, and replacing a prior generation… Read More

  • The Attention Race

    It’s slowly dawning on me that Twitter-like functionality has replaced email as a primary input source. The first decision every day is which stream to dive into – email, or Twitter,, FriendFeed (Tw*tter). Email is a roll up of several other inputs, including Facebook email, Twitter direct messages, and follows from all these services plus LinkedIn and XMPP streams… Read More

  • Revolution grinds to halt due to power failure

    Sometime this afternoon the Revolution ground to a halt when Twitter/IdentiSpy mastermind Dustin Sallings left town for a conference and his server shut down. “I was somewhere outside of civilization between Southern California and Las Vegas when one of the machines that ran identispy went down.” acknowledged Sallings, whose resurrected Track services have given what may be a… Read More

  • I Want My iPhone TV

    The dog days of August lend themselves to kicking back and letting the world slide by. Since the advent of the Web 2.0 ecosystem, they’ve also been the province of a tech company version of the summer shows the networks play off – failed pilots, reality programming being tried out for the Big Show or another writer’s strike, and ratings stinkers that can be buried outside… Read More

  • TV-Interactive

    The dog days of August lend themselves to kicking back and letting the world slide by. Since the advent of the Web 2.0 ecosystem, they’ve also been the province of a tech company version of the summer shows the networks play off – failed pilots, reality programming being tried out for the Big Show or another writer’s strike, and ratings stinkers that can be buried outside… Read More

  • Microsoft as in Free

    IBM, Red Hat, Canonical/Ubuntu, and Novell announced an initiative at LinuxWorld today in San Fransisco to create a Microsoft-free environment. The strategy is simple: undercut Vista and Office in the enterprise with a software stack of Lotus Notes, Symphony, and Sametime. The only problem is: it won’t work. Two reasons: Google and Microsoft. Google has trained the market to understand… Read More

  • Twitter and – State of the Union

    Over the past weekend I recorded a special Gillmor Gang edition with Dustin Sallings, the inventor and chief proprietor of the famed TwitterSpy hack around Twitter’s late great Track feature. With Track over XMPP still disabled, a small but vocal group of Twitter users has used TwitterSpy, and another growing group of microbloggers has migrated to, an open source platform. Read More

  • Water found on Yahoo!

    Ever since Microsoft’s failed bid for Yahoo, we’ve all been waiting for some sign of water on the dead planet. For months an away team led by Carl Icahn has kept alive the possibility that the second most popular search company and most aggressive acquirer of Silicon Valley startups might be concealing a clue. Now, in a conversation with The New York Times’ Miguel Helft… Read More

  • Divide and Conquer

    The news that Apple has extended its exclusive iPhone distribution deal with AT&T until 2010 closes the loop on the subsidized price of the 3G upgrade. It seems most observers think Steve Jobs has compounded a mistake he made in limiting the market for the revolutionary device to those early adopters hungry for the advanced Web experience and elegant design. Forget that Apple has tightened… Read More

  • Introducing… Silverlight?

    The clock on the site reads 7 days, 12 hours, 31 minutes, and 29 seconds until the start of the Olympics, but the clock countdown on watching NBC Olympics On the Go on the Mac is T minus never. That’s because On the Go is sponsored by Lenovo and powered by somebody called TVTonic, and when you click to install TVTonic you get this notice: Software Compatibility Notice
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  • Some Thoughts on Standards and Dare Obasanjo

    I’m a big fan of negative gestures, something I’ve talked about over a long period of time. What I mean by that is the power that can be derived from not saying something, not liking something, not tipping a hat to something, etc. I’ve used (jokingly with a smidgen of truth) the John Dvorak test, where if John comes out strongly against something (blogging, podcasting… Read More

  • Running, Jumping, Standing Still

    It hasn’t been a month yet and the parachutes are floating at Microsoft. Kevin Johnson’s sudden move to Juniper Networks comes less than 24 hours before the Microsoft analysts meeting. This is the new Microsoft, where Steve Ballmer and Ray Ozzie start running the company. It’s also the beginning of the end for the classic power centers at Microsoft – and not a moment… Read More

  • Youth and Experience

    The news is full of transitions. Chad Dickerson returns to his East Coast after years at Yahoo! and InfoWorld. Steve Jobs faces concerns about his health as Apple prepares to ripple their product line. The social media community is caught in a crossfire between market force power plays and standards body jockeying. We don’t know how any of this will turn out, but history as always… Read More

  • Hello Goodbye

    Something just happened and I think it may be important. While not everything has been put in place, it appears the necessary ingredients for a conversational platform – correction, open conversational platform – have been added to the mix. What Dave Winer calls the two-party system may be emerging at just the right time to gather tangible momentum. What Winer brought to the… Read More

  • Magic Bus

    Note: If you think Twitter is a joke, or that Microsoft has no chance of being trusted with anything, or that Apple will fall to the surging citizen militia, or any other common wisdom of the Internets, please move along, I beg you. I thought I’d take a little more time to explore the reasons why I think Microsoft’s Live Mesh can emerge as the host platform for a large percentage… Read More

  • 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