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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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Goodbye 2007. Hello 2008.

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I somehow decided to take 2007 off from blogging. It wasn’t intentional at first. However, at some point during the year I realized I hadn’t been blogging for so many months, it was would look better if I just skipped the entire year.

So, between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I did some deferred maintenance. I upgraded WordPress to the latest version and installed a theme. It’s a little more magazine looking than I’d hoped for, but it was the nicest looking theme I could find with all the features I want. I may tweak it a little over the next few weeks to make it more personal.

If we only keep in touch through my blog, the big news in my life is that I got engaged and wed in 2007. Since we’d been dating for eight years, this is either a non-event or highly shocking, depending on your point of view.

I proposed on New Year’s Day, and we got married in Minneapolis on November 3rd at the Mill City Museum. The honeymoon was in Japan. Both were fantastic events, which we really enjoyed. Pictures will be available soon, and I’ll reflect more alongside the photos.

At work, I continued leading the Platform Evangelism group, but I added a few new tasks. First, I ran our Developers Conference and took over the Developer Zone web site.

Lots of fun there, and it was nice to do something complex that I’d never done before. Lots of lessons learned, which I will try and put to good use in this year’s conference.

Second, I built up our Disruptive Innovation team. DI is a group of people inside of eBay who explore new technologies and Internet trends, to see how they could affect eBay.

We launched a handful of small projects, which you can find on our Innovation Blog at http://innovation.ebay.com. A larger project, eBay Desktop, is in public beta, and we’re working towards a 1.0 release. It was a good first year of getting started, and I think we’ll really be able to do a lot in 2008 that’s quite meaningful to the business.

I have more to say on a variety of topics, but I’m trying not to use it all up in the first post. I’ve been stockpiling ideas. My big worry now is that I’ll forget about them before I get a chance to post.

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