I wonder if there is something that is badly needed by many small companies (1-10 people), which is not yet on the market.
Your talking about my client base. Small to Mid size businesses that need a "PRIVATE" web infrastructure to use.
Facebook is not for corporate communications as you don't fully own the content that is placed there, despite any settings in the application. You can't even delete your account as they retain all data. Facebook is for Public Relations. A business, or person for that matter, using it for anything private, deserves what they get.
Facebook's Zuckerberg Says The Age of Privacy is Over
Why You Shouldn't Trust Facebook with Your Data: An Employee's Revelations
Just a few links to show clients. That will help them understand the cloud a bit better.
Facebook's marketplace (if you can call it that) isn't the same as Content Management Systems. Why? Cause Facebook and similar services are in the cloud.
Twitter is not a competitor of CMS' either. Yes it has it's place as a Public Relations Social Platform, though they do seem more careful about accepting user generated content. Plus you can permanently delete your account.
I'd say with Geeklog's 10th birthday fast approaching, it's time for a new slogan.
Geeklog is not for blogging. That would be an insult as it is so much more than a blogging application. Hence the problem with the name geek(b)log. The slogan doesn't make sense as you said.
Can I recommend a new slogan? "This CMS will save your life"
You might get a little more interest.
6) This is related to 4, but I think GL really needs to consider why it exists, what its strengths are, and what market it wants to appeal to. Some frameworks are fast and light, some are slower but powerful, some are extremely simple to use, and some have a great community, etc. What is GL's 'selling point'? If someone asked me right now, I really wouldn't be able to tell them even after nearly a year of working with it.
Cloud services whether they are social or corporate are never going to take the place of the CMS. The CMS will only become more localized in time.
A contract a couple years ago found me working for a fortune 10 company for about 6 months. They are known for making detergent, diapers, tp, and make-up. They have about 120,000 employees world-wide. They were Microsoft Licensed on everything out the wazooo. Windows XP here, IE 6 there. It was a nightmare. Though interestingly enough, their internal CMS and Employee Profile System on their Intranet was running on PHP and MySQL. This company blocks Facebook and Twitter. Though they need a CMS to offer the same services and often communicate outside the intranet with content. This is something I know has continued for them to this day. And in fact has become more important.
Every business whether small or large that is going to be on the web is going to need a CMS. They will not and should not be relying on Cloud Services to maintain their web infrastructure.
The selling point for any CMS is.
WIth Geeklog/glFusion your content is or can be:
NOT IN THE CLOUD
YOU OWN & CONTROL COPYRIGHTS
The rest of the selling points are left for additional functionality. Plugins and such.
The future should be how your Geeklog / glFusion website communicates with other Users & Visitors. And how it interacts with external & approved social services. The ones we know, Google Wave, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, mobileme, and the ones we haven't heard of yet. But the CMS' should always maintain control over content and communication for the owner of the website.
Seems like a waste of time to discuss this here, when they already understand and have been developing for it here
. Even still, I am thankful for all I have learned from Geeklog and I thought I'd share my point of view.
I may have to publish this on my Blog… 8)