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Nice to be #1 at something Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Fred Wilson noticed that on the new TechMeme list, his blog is the sixth written by a person. Mine is first.

Ben Metcalfe raised a similar question earlier today, noting that TechMeme didn't differentiate between professional publications like the NY Times, Reuters and CNET and TechCrunch, Engadget and GigaOm. It's not clear what the distinction is. I don't see any of those pubs as being blogs, so I think Gabe did the right thing, just lump them all together and let god (or mashups) sort them out.

A pragmatic question for people who want to follow the TechMeme LeaderBoard -- it's clearly not practical to look at it as frequently as it could change, every 20 minutes.

So what kind of tool do we need to tell us about change? Email notification? An RSS feed for each site? I'm interested in knowing what people think.

Speaking of being #1, this blog is first on MSN for bricked iPhone. Needless to say it's generating some traffic.

Optimizing Flickr RSS reads Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named bushBushClinton.jpgThere's a lot you can do with the Flickr API, I've pretty much mastered it, and it may look a bit intimidating at first, but it's well designed, and once you learn how to do one set of calls you pretty much know how to do the others. I would have relied more heavily on XML-RPC encoding for uploading pictures, but now that I've been uploading pictures for a couple of months, the pain of developing that glue is fading.

BTW, I've got glue for the OPML Editor, it should work well in Radio or Frontier. I've exported a snapshot of the system.verbs.apps.Flickr, for all to use. It may be included in any distribution. (To be clear, OPML Editor users don't need this, it's already in the update stream, just choose Update opml.root from the File menu.)

Anyway, I want to expand the Flickr/Twitter experiment, but before I do that I wanted to check with the Flickr folk because this service does a lot of polling of their RSS feeds. I suggested it might make sense to create a service that would allow a caller to find out which of the feeds its interested in have changed since the last time it checked.

They responded with a simpler feature, they implemented a Last-Modified header on the RSS feeds, so that you could skip processing if a feed you're interested in hadn't changed. I've now updated my code so it does that, and everything seems to work. You'll find the script at Flickr.readFeed. Here's a text listing of the script.

A new top 100? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

12PM: The TechMeme Leaderboard site is live.

Like almost everyone else, I keep track of who's pointing to me in Technorati, a service that was created in a Thanksgiving programming binge by David Sifry, based on the output of (my own labor of love)

Technorati grew to become a blog search engine, and much more, but as Mike Arrington points out on TechCrunch, their unique position has been whittled down by other blog search engines who are doing a better job technically. Not hard, since Technorati is famously unreliable.

A picture named dorothy.jpgTechnorati is also famous for its top 100 list, ranking blogs according to the number of in-bound links. Scripting News started out as the #1 blog on Technorati, and occupied a top 10 slot for a long time, until they changed the algorithm to place less weight on long-term links, so Technorati's list became a measure of recent popularity. News sites, that aren't actually blogs (imho) became the mainstay of Technorati's list. Today, Scripting News is solidly in the second 100 on Technorati.

Last night Mike Arrington got a scoop, as he so often does, that there's a new list coming soon, from TechMeme, that ranks the sites based on some other measure, which is not (yet) understood in detail. Mike also has a screen shot, which teases, by showing that TechCrunch is number 1 (all those scoops make a diff) followed by Engadget and the New York Times. The Techmeme list doesn't pretend to know what is a blog or isn't they rate all sites regardless or race, creed or color.

But Mike's screen shot teases, stopping at #30. What about the rest of the list? There are a hundred or more bloggers who want to know if they made the list, and if so, where they are. Brilliant marketing by Gabe, and damn you Mike.

So I begged Gabe for the list, and he relented, and sent me an OPML file containing the data which I then turned into the list below. Enjoy!

  1. TechCrunch XML

  2. Engadget XML

  3. New York Times XML

  4. Ars Technica XML


  6. Read/WriteWeb XML

  7. GigaOM XML

  8. BBC XML

  9. InfoWorld XML

 10. Wall Street Journal

 11. The Register XML

 12. Reuters XML

 13. Silicon Alley Insider XML

 14. XML

 15. Between the Lines XML

 16. Gizmodo XML

 17. Google Operating System XML

 18. XML

 19. Search Engine Land XML

 20. Computerworld XML

 21. Crave: The gadget blog XML

 22. Associated Press XML

 23. TorrentFreak XML

 24. XML

 25. VentureBeat XML

 26. The Unofficial Apple Weblog XML

 27. Business Week XML

 28. CrunchGear XML

 29. Business Wire

 30. Google Blogoscoped XML

 31. Techdirt XML

 32. Microsoft

 33. Bits XML

 34. Rough Type XML

 35. DailyTech XML

 36. Scripting News XML

 37. XML

 38. PR Newswire

 39. CenterNetworks XML

 40. The Boy Genius Report XML

 41. ZDNet XML

 42. Guardian

 43. All about Microsoft XML

 44. PC World XML

 45. Wired News XML

 46. Inquirer XML

 47. AppleInsider XML

 48. Epicenter XML

 49. Tech Trader Daily XML

 50. Washington Post XML

 51. Forbes

 52. Bloomberg XML

 53. Times of London

 54. Apple XML

 55. BoomTown XML

 56. InformationWeek

 57. Publishing 2.0 XML

 58. Scobleizer XML

 59. A VC XML

 60. iLounge XML

 61. Download Squad XML

 62. All Facebook XML

 63. Financial Times

 64. Boston Globe XML

 65. Electronista XML

 66. Yodel Anecdotal XML

 67. apophenia XML

 68. Official Google Blog XML

 69. Google Public Policy Blog XML

 70. USA Today XML

 71. Compete Blog XML

 72. AdAge XML

 73. Apple 2.0 XML

 74. WebProNews XML

 75. Mashable! XML

 76. New York Post XML

 77. Googling Google XML

 78. iPhone Central XML

 79. Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog XML


 81. DigiTimes XML

 82. Digital Daily XML

 83. BuzzMachine XML

 84. comScore

 85. Security Fix XML

 86. CNN

 87. Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim XML

 88. NewTeeVee XML

 89. istartedsomething XML

 90. Think Secret XML

 91. ProBlogger Blog Tips XML

 92. Reflections of a Newsosaur XML


 94. O'Reilly Radar XML

 95. MediaShift XML

 96. ipodminusitunes XML

 97. Doc Searls Weblog XML

 98. Kotaku XML

 99. Valleywag XML

100. Los Angeles Times XML

PS. This is a snapshot taken last night. The list is fairly volatile, according to Gabe, and will change quickly as stories move up and down the ladder at TechMeme.

PPS. The existence of this list will probably make getting stories on TechMeme even more highly valued than before, if this list is taken as gospel, as Technorati's was, even with its flaws and skews. There was no correlation, for example, between flow and rank, a site with very high flow could have very low rank on Technorati, if it didn't get many inbound pointers. It was just one measure, as TechMeme is just one measure.

The end of the road for Office? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named silo.gifSince the re-rollout of Office in 1996, it's been really clear why Microsoft was so hell-bent at first owning and then suffocating the web browser, along with the web.

Tim Berners-Lee understood, before there was a Mozilla and a Netscape, he said the web was inherently a two-way medium. We struggled against the inadequacies of MSIE as a writing environment when blogging was booting up in the late 90s and early 00s. The air was mighty thin, which was no accident, Microsoft deliberately tried to keep us from breathing. Because for them, writing was not something that would be done in a web browser, if they improved their browser as a writing tool, that would be the end of Word, and with it, a big reason for using Office.

Synopsis: Microsoft wouldn't let MSIE become a decent writing tool, because they were protecting Office.

That eventually had to run its course, they couldn't hold back the inevitable forever. Sooner or later the web would route around their roadblock, and we'd be writing on the web, as we are today. It didn't happen the way I wanted it to happen, with decent writing software built into the browser, rather through the ingenuity and peseverence of programmers who managed to make HTML and Javascript approximate the user interface of a desktop app closely enough to make simple writing tasks work inside the web browser. It probably helps that today's computers have gigabytes of internal memory and several gigahertz of processing power. If instead, Microsoft had embraced the web, and with it the shift in their product line and economics, in 1995, we'd have a much richer writing environment today. Blogging would have happened sooner, in a bigger way. It's hard to imagine how much the sins of Microsoft cost all of us.

I won't shed a tear for Office. Good riddance, I say.

I use Google spreadsheet happily, even though it doesn't have anywhere near the features of Excel, and is way slower. Every sacrifice I make there is something I'm giving back to the web to heal the Microsoft wound.

However, we traded one monster for another. It seems there must always be a certain amount of evil in the tech business. The Java Wars are behind us, as are the Browser Wars. No one is going to fight Google in the next war, I doubt if many will even protest.


Last update: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 7:03 PM Pacific.

Dave Winer, 52, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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1.Microsoft patent acid test.
2.What is a weblog?
3.Advertising R.I.P.
4.How to embrace & extend.
5.Bubble Burst 2.0.
6.This I Believe.
7.Most RSS readers are wrong.
8.Who is Phil Jones?
9.Send them away.
10.Negotiate with users.
11.Preserving ideas.
12.Empire of the Air.
13.NPR speech.
14.Russo & Hale.
15.Trouble at the Chronicle.
15.RSS 2.0.
16.Checkbox News.
17.Spreadsheet calls over the Internet.
18.Twitter as coral reef.
19.Mobs of the blogosphere.
20.Advice for Campaigns.
21.Social Cameras.
22.The Next Big Thing.
23.It's time to open up networking, again.
24.Am I competing?
25.Time to shake up conferences?
26.Bloggers working with journalists.

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