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. :-)
I have a few brief comments then I'll STFU and let the community work on this. I never was a big del.icio.us user. But I am familiar with the problems that the community will face in a general way.
Here are the priorities in preserving what was created by the users.
1. As Stephen Jones says on Twitter, the data. Years worth of links and collections. The most important thing, but not the only important thing.
2. The domain. If the community is to survive, there needs to be something at del.icio.us (and delicious.com). Ideally it would be more or less exactly what's at the Yahoo site now.
3. The API. For apps that were developed to work with del.icio.us, preserving the API is important.
However, one more thing, if the activity of doing what del.icio.us does is to continue and to grow, don't make the same mistake again. Find a way to host your data in a place where you're seen as a customer, where there is a sufficient revenue flow to keep it operating.
The result is wikiriver.org.
It updates every ten minutes with all the latest WikiLeaks news, or more frequently for news from realtime feeds.
We still need more feeds, so if you know of a good one that we're missing, please post a link as a comment to this post.
I am hand-curating a feed to supplement the river until we get all the feeds we need in the mix.
The effort to create more visually pleasing rivers is going really well. Martin Duffly published a howto, and we have a developers mail list going to share know-how. This work is based on the JSON and static JSONP rendering of the various rivers I'm hosting.
You may include the content from wikiriver.org in your site, but please point back to wikiriver.org.
If you're working in a news organization on WikiLeaks stories, I am developing a new editorial tool for managing rivers like wikiriver.org. Get in touch if you're interested in collaborating. We'll be working over the holidays, in NYC. (Often a very productive time of year.)
I have more features in mind, as this moon mission project continues.