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.
My 40 most-recent links, ranked by number of clicks.
FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
CityTracking. $400K. Eric Rodenbeck, Stamen Design, San Francisco, CA
The Cartoonist. $378K. Ian Bogost and Michael Mateas. Atlanta, GA.
Local Wiki. $350K. Philip Neustrom and Mike Ivanov. San Francisco, CA
WindyCitizen's Real Time Ads. $250K. Brad Flora, WindyCitizen.com. Chicago, IL.
GoMap Riga. $250K. Marcis Rubenis and Kristofs Blaus, GoMap Riga. Riga, Latvia.
Order in the Court 2.0. $250K. John Davidow, WBUR. Boston, Mass.
Front Porch Forum. $220K. Michael Wood-Lewis, Front Porch Forum. Burlington, VT.
One-Eight. $202K. Teru Kuwayama. Chicago, Ill.
Stroome. $200K. Nonny de la Peľa and Tom Grasty, Stroome. Los Angeles, CA
CitySeed. $90K. Retha Hill and Cody Shotwell, Arizona State University. Phoenix, AZ.
PRX StoryMarket. $75K. Jake Shapiro, PRX. Boston, MA.
Tilemapping. $74K. Eric Gundersen, Development Seed. Washington, DC
Imagine if every tweet included info about where to find that users' status messages if Twitter is down. It could simply be the URL of a feed. Unless Twitter went down it would just be stored by your client. But if Twitter should go offline, at least you know how to find out what's going on with at least some of your associates.
The point is that with annotations we have the ability to create new ad hoc flows of information, and can possibly use it to make Twitter more reliable.
It's like having a place to meet your friends after a ballgame, or part of being prepared for an earthquake (I just landed in SF). You arrange for a meeting place if the normal lines of communication go down. You use the normal lines to transmit the place you will be found in cast the line goes down.
I guess it's something like DNS, where you always specify two servers and two hosts. If everything is working you only need one. But the network is designed to work even if everything isn't working.
Of course it's this line of reasoning that led me to the conclusion that Twitter should just run off DNS, and Twitter should be the Verisign of this network. But that's another story.
From time to time people ask how I do the hand-drawn posts.
Why I do them:
1. They're fun.
2. I like to draw.
3. It's a neat way to use a scanner.
4. It's super low-tech.
5. They're eye-catching.
6. People like them.
7. They work.
Why do both lists have seven items?
1. Seven is the perfect number of items for a list.
2. Just kidding.