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. :-)
Just in time for Rebooting the News that's about to start in a half hour.
Twitter is down, again. It's become a regular experience, again, lately. Each time it happens, some link doesn't get transmitted to my followers, but more important to me, it doesn't get into my link system. So now I have to worry about whether I'll remember to go back and read it later. And I won't be able to see how many people clicked on it, to get a rough idea of how interesting it is to people.
Arrrgh, I think to myself, if only the fishstinkin Twitter client guys would get a little bit of courage and implement an EBS for Twitter. Then I realized something, and this is the epiphany. Geez, maybe it isn't up to the client guys, maybe it's up to the users!
Imagine if you had a shit ISP that couldn't keep your website on the air. How long would you put up with it? Should it make a difference that Twitter is free? Is that really what it's about? I leak huge amounts of money just living my daily life. No, it's not about the money. And yes, after a while, enough is enough, it's time to do something about it.
So that's the epiphany -- we don't have to wait for anyone, I can solve it, as a user. I can put my short status messages somewhere else, and let them find their way to Twitter, when it's up.