Tim O'Reilly, Microsoft, Silverlight and Popfly

by Jesse Liberty

In Sunday's NY Times (February 10, 2008) Tim O'Reilly is quoted as saying
Popfly shows me that Microsoft still thinks this is all about software, rather than about accumulating data via network effects, which to me is the core of Web 2.0...They are using Popfly to push Silverlight, rather than really trying to get into the mashup game.

This raises a host of interesting questions for me as a long time author for O'Reilly Media and as "Silverlight Geek" for Microsoft.

As a start, I decided it was time for me to turn my attention to writing a bit more about Popfly, and I invite you to join me if you'd like to know more about this interesting, if now somewhat controversial, technology.




Tim O'Reilly
2008-02-13 08:18:48
Hey Jesse --

Would love to talk about this. To expand on my comment. I was specifically referring to the requirement to use silverlight, which creates a barrier to entry to this product. If it were principally about mashups, it would be front-end agnostic.

But maybe I'm missing something.

I'd love to see a really good tool that let me build serious private-use mashups against all kinds of internet data. My complaints about these tools are less about interface and much more about lack of really useful data sources as well as easy integration with other analytical tools.

Love to hear how popfly addresses these issues.