Announce: Aggregator supports RSS Auto-Discovery.
NY Times: "While many Indians and Pakistanis say there will be no nuclear war, they often paradoxically acknowledge the possibility in the next breath."
Lars Pind is developing blogging software for OpenACS.
BBC: Bush says US will strike first. "The president said he would not leave the safety of the United States and of the planet to the mercy of a few 'unbalanced dictators' who are suspected of working to develop weapons of mass destruction."
Tim Knip: "Now I can publish the contents of several Groove tools using the RU-community server + XML-RPC."
Paul Sniveley: "I can understand being frustrated with Xanadu. I can understand being frustrated with Nelson."
9/24/99: "Do we still listen to music created ten years ago? We do. Should we look into software ideas that were explored and then abandoned ten years ago? Of course."
Bravo to Robert Scoble, who is consulting for Fawcette, planning the Web Builder conference in Las Vegas in mid-September. Scoble should be doing conferences. Some people are lucky and have something they love to do that they do very well. This is an illustration of "flow" -- a term coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago. "People enter a flow state when they are fully absorbed in activity during which they lose their sense of time and have feelings of great satisfaction." Yup, that's Scoble and conferences.
For me, flow comes like this. Conceive a complex software system, write the underlying code, plot out how I'm going to get people to actually use it, feed that back into the design, iterate, roll it out, and have people actually use it.
Bravo to Brent Sleeper for noting that apps make a difference, and web services that are not app-driven are meaningless. I of course appreciate that he cites UserLand, but it would be just as fair to cite Blogger.
Mark Pilgrim continues to lead the parade on the <link> element, which he's calling RSS Auto-Discovery, which seems like an appropriate handle. Glad we can get a cross-blogging-tool effort going. That's more of a new thing than many people might realize, and far more important, imho, than any single feature. This is a tough time to be in business, and we have ambitious goals. It's nice to get some help. Thanks.
There are two sides to this. First, get the link elements into the heads of lots of blogs. It's easy for Radio users, and automatic for (most) Manila users. So that means at least a few hundred sites have discoverable RSS right now. The other side is the aggregator. There aren't that many aggregators, probably the largest installed base of aggregators is Radio. The other day I said they don't leave that much of a trail, but then I realized they do. Look at this page, it lists the top 100 most-subscribed-to feeds in the Radio community. The numbers are getting pretty big. And then here's another list. It tells you in real-time the number of people who are getting news from which sources, today, and since we started tracking this stuff on 3/3/02.
When this mania launched, Matt Griffith said: "Now I just need an aggregator that supports it." This comment loomed over my ego. That has to be Radio, I thought to myself. So I got busy and figured out how to do it. I'm going to release the two new parts when I am confident that nothing breaks. Done.
The next cross-weblog-tool community project should be the Creative Commons XML data that says what rights the author grants. I've not heard anything since the project launched. What's the status?
Steve Gillmor: "It's the new Hatfields and McCoys -- the entrenched monopolists vs the disruptive technologists."
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