eBay signed the Joomla Contributor Agreement as part of its plan to build a social network for its 16,000 employees.
NetworkWorld's Julie Bort reported, "My first thought was 'Will eBay be building an open source auction app for Joomla?' Short answer: no. Long answer, the project has even better ramifications for corporate user of open source."
Bort spoke with eBay's senior director of analytics platform Oliver Ratzesberger and Joomla's Ryan Ozimek.
Bort said, "The auction company will be using Joomla as an intranet-on-steroids for employees that use the company's data analytics/data warehouse. The Joomla site won't be a front-end to the data warehouse as some news sites have reported. It will be a social network supplement. Employees will use the content management platform to join groups, network, follow analysts, work with ad-hoc communities on one-off projects, create personalized Web pages, ask/answer questions, create group/team Web pages, blogs and forums. Think of it like intranet meets blog meets LinkedIn."