Pulling the plug on Facebook
© Andrei Lacatusu Exactly one year ago, I decided to use social media less and blog more. I uninstalled the Facebook application from my phone, but kept my Facebook account for the time being.
The result is that I went from checking Facebook several times a day to once or twice a month.
Facebook can't be trusted
At the time I uninstalled the Facebook application from my phone, Mark Zuckerberg promised that he would fix Facebook. He didn't.
The remainder of 2018 was filled with Facebook scandals, including continued mishandling of personal data and privacy breaches, more misinformation, and a multitude of shady business practices.
Things got worse, not better.
The icing on the cake is that a few weeks ago we learned that Facebook knowingly duped children and their parents out of money, in some cases hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and often refused to give the money back.
And just last week, it was reported that Facebook had been collecting users' data by getting people to install a mobile application that gave Facebook root access to their network traffic.
It's clear that Facebook can't be trusted. And for that reason, I'm out.
I deleted my Facebook account twenty minutes ago.
Social media's dark side
Social media, in general, have been enablers of community, transparency and positive change, but also of abuse, hate speech, bullying, misinformation,...
2019 Australian Open 'aces' the digital experience with Acquia and Drupal
Since I was young, I've been an avid tennis player and fan. I still play to this day, though maybe not as much as I'd like to.
In my teens, Andre Agassi was my favorite player. I've even sported some of his infamous headbands. I also remember watching him win the Australian Open in 1995.
In 2012, I traveled to Melbourne for a Drupal event, the same week the Australian Open was going on. As a tennis fan, I was lucky enough to watch Belgium's Kim Clijsters play.
Last weekend, the Australian Open wrapped up. This year, their website, https://ausopen.com, ran on Acquia and Drupal, delivered by the team at Avanade.
In a two-week timeframe, the site successfully welcomed tens of millions of visitors and served hundreds of millions of page views.
I'm very proud of the fact that many of the world's largest sporting events and media organizations (such as NBC Sports who host the Super Bowl and Olympics in the US) trust Acquia and Drupal as their chosen digital platform.
When the world is watching an event, there is no room for error!
Team Tennis Australia, Acquia and Avanade after the men’s singles final.Many thanks to the round-the-clock efforts from Acquia's team in Asia Pacific, as well as our partners at Avanade!
Acquia retrospective 2018
Every year, I sit down to write my annual Acquia retrospective. It's a rewarding exercise, because it allows me to reflect on how much progress Acquia has made in the past 12 months.
Overall, Acquia had an excellent 2018. I believe we are a much stronger company than we were a year ago; not only because of our financial results, but because of our commitment to strengthen our product and engineering teams.
If you'd like to read my previous retrospectives, they can be found here: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009. This year marks the publishing of my tenth retrospective. When read together, these posts provide a comprehensive overview of Acquia's growth and trajectory.
Updating our brand
Exiting 2017, we doubled down on our transition from website management to digital experience management. In 2018, we updated our product positioning and brand narrative to reflect this change. This included a new Acquia Experience Platform diagram:
The Acquia Platform is divided into two key parts: the Experience Factory and the Marketing Hub. Drupal and Acquia Lightning power every side of the experience. The Acquia Platform supports our customers throughout the entire life cycle of a digital experience — from building to operating and optimizing digital experiences.
In 2018, the Acquia marketing team also worked hard to update Acquia's brand. The result is a...
European Commission will start offering bug bounties for Open Source software
The European Commission made an exciting announcement; it will be awarding bug bounties to the security teams of Open Source software projects that the European Commission relies on.
If you are not familiar with the term, a bug bounty is a monetary prize awarded to people who discover and correctly report security issues.
Julia Reda — an internet activist, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and co-founder of the Free and Open Source Software Audit (FOSSA) project — wrote the following on her blog:
Like many other organizations, institutions like the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission build upon Free Software to run their websites and many other things. But the Internet is not only crucial to our economy and our administration, it is the infrastructure that runs our everyday lives.
With over 150 Drupal sites, the European Commission is a big Drupal user, and has a large internal Drupal community. The European Commission set aside 89,000€ (or roughly $100,000 USD) for a Drupal bug bounty. They worked closely with Drupal's Security Team to set this up. To participate in the Drupal bug bounty, read the guidelines provided by Drupal's Security Team.
Over the years I've had many meetings with the European Commission, presented keynotes at some of its events, and more. During that time, I've seen the European Commission evolve from being hesitant about...
How to decouple Drupal in 2019
Decoupled Drupal has seen adoption from all corners of the Drupal community. In response to the trend towards decoupled architectures, I wrote blog posts in 2016 and 2018 for architects and developers about how and when to decouple Drupal. In the time since my last post, the surrounding landscape has evolved, Drupal's web services have only gotten better, and new paradigms such as static site generators and the JAMstack are emerging.
Time to update my recommendations for 2019! As we did a year ago, let's start with the 2019 version of the flowchart in full. (At the end of this post, there is also an accessible version of this flowchart described in words.)
Different ways to decouple Drupal
I want to revisit some of the established ways to decouple Drupal as well as discuss new paradigms that are seeing growing adoption. As I've written previously, the three most common approaches to Drupal architecture from a decoupled standpoint are traditional (or coupled), progressively decoupled, and fully decoupled. The different flavors of decoupling...