Update: Here's our grant announcement NewsCloud to make Facebook-connected communities easy.
I wanted to give folks a quick preview of our planned roadmap for NewsCloud's open source Facebook community platform. Primarily, we'll focus on making running the NewsCloud platform simpler and more affordable to make it more accessible to a variety of news organizations, community groups and individuals.
There are two key areas of focus, initially:
1) Making the open source code base easier to install, set up and manage.
2) Making the open source code base installable on hosting environments that are more economical such as the Amazon AWS MicroInstance which is free for one year.
We're currently finishing up some design improvements to the current platform and expect to have a third stable release available in April. We expect the initial simplicity and affordability initiative improvements to start rolling out in June and July, 2011.
We'll provide more information in the coming months. Follow us @newscloud to keep up with the latest updates.