Dave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He 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 New York City.
"The protoblogger." - NY Times.
"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.
"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.
"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.
10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.
One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.
"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.
"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
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The Twitter guys use SMS as an excuse for a lot of the inadequacies of Twitter. Why do we have shortened URLS? SMS's fault. Why no enclosures? SMS. Even if it doesn't make sense, it's SMS that's the reason everything sucks on Twitter.
I'm taking the guys at face value, they really mean this, but I think they got the relationship between Twitter and SMS wrong. Twitter isn't an application of SMS, it's what SMS is growing up to become -- an n-way publishing medium. It's SMS 2.0. Forget about bridging to SMS. It's already there. It's like pondering life in the universe without thinking about life on Earth, which is of course part of the universe.
Blogging was Web 2.0, really was. We said web publishing should be one to many, and many to many, even one to one. You should publish any which way you want. In that sense, what was interesting about SMS before Twitter is an order of magnitude greater in Twitter. It makes SMS type messages flow in a million ways where the old kind just went one way.
PS: My Droid can send multimedia SMS, no short URLs anywhere in sight. Why can't Twitter do that?
Companies with products to promote --> Please provide clean white-background clipart of your product for us to include in blog posts. I love putting your product in the margins of stories I write about them. For example, i just went looking for a nice 150-character wide image of a Nexus One. Must be on a white background so it looks good in the margin of a blog post. Get hip. Make it easy for bloggers to push your goods. ">
I eventually found one on CNET. I bet they did a screen capture of the Flash movie on the home page for the Nexus site. The same gray background at the bottom. My screen grab will be a little neater.