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. :-)
Twitter is useful, imho, for two things:
1. As a way to share links.
2. As a way to speak your mind.
These days I use it almost exclusively for #1. Very little of #2.
People just aren't that interested in what other people think. And it's damned difficult to speak your mind 140 characters at a time. Most of the time you can anticipate in advance what the misunderstandings will be, and self-edit. Then self-censor. Why bother going through all that michegas.
But as a link-sharing tool, it is really excellent.
How you can get the links I send through Twitter...
1. You can, of course, read them in Twitter.
2. There's also a site that has all my links going back to April 2009.
3. Recently I started flowing the links through a WordPress blog.
4. There is, of course, a realtime RSS feed of my links.
5. And a Top 40 list of recent links, ranked by click-throughs.
Then it just struck me -- sheez -- I'm mostly using Twitter the way people use del.icio.us.
Maybe there's a lesson in there. Perhaps if we figure out how to decentralize del.icio.us, we'll be on the way to decentralizing Twitter? Maybe all del.icio.us needed was to become realtime, and it would have become Twitter?
BTW, I often have the same idea about Flickr. It's a gem, with a huge and influential user base, to this day. With a little love and care it might blossom into something really wonderful.
Yes, I believe in resurrection!