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Tiny Speck Steve Blank A Web Nerd's Approach to Building a Massively-Multiplayer Game: Stewart Butterfield is the president and co-founder of Tiny Speck, developer of the strongly-flavored web based massively multiplayer game, Glitch, to be released late 2010. Prior to Tiny Speck, Stewart co-founded Flickr and was the president of its parent company before Flickr’s acquisition by Yahoo! in the spring of 2005. In 15 years working on the web, Stewart has had a distinguished career as a designer, entrepreneur, and technologist, named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine and one BusinessWeek’s Top 50 Leaders. Butterfield graduated from the Universities of Victoria and Cambridge, with degrees in philosophy and retains interests in cognitive science, the history and philosophy of science, and economics. Web site

The State of the Internet Operating System I’ve been talking for years about “the internet operating system“, but I realized I’ve never written an extended post to define what I think it is, where it is going, and the choices we face. This is that missing post. Here you will see the underlying beliefs about the future that are guiding my publishing program as well as the rationale behind conferences I organize like the Web 2.0 Summit and Web 2.0 Expo, the Where 2.0 Conference, and even the Gov 2.0 Summit and Gov 2.0 Expo. Ask yourself for a moment, what is the operating system of a Google or Bing search? What is the operating system of a mobile phone call? What is the operating system of maps and directions on your phone? On a standalone computer, operating systems like Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux manage the machine’s resources, making it possible for applications to focus on the job they do for the user. But wait. Your phone knows where you are. Keep following the plot. Where is the “operating system” in all this? It was.

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