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. :-)
Blogs posts and photographs are important stuff, not just important realtime, but important over time.
First a story...
I sold my Berkeley house last year. It's the second time I sold a house. Each time I sell a house I fork off a storage unit. It happened the first time, when I sold the house in Woodside. I was spending $300-plus per month to keep the stuff I hadn't sorted through to figure out what I absolutely had to hold on to.
The second time, with the help of a friend, I did the sorting-through process, and this storage unit only costs $45 a month. The stuff I absolutely couldn't bear to part with were mostly notebooks and letters and a big box of unsorted photos. In the box, photos of friends and lovers, children and family members, most of whom are long-gone. Even if they aren't gone, our youth is gone. Memories that, even writing about, make me emotional.
I know I'm supposed to live in the moment, always -- so sue me -- I find it satisfying to remember the people I care about. And the events that were important and the experiences we shared.
Ask Kodak. They made a huge business out of these emotions. Now it's Canon and Apple.
That's why I'm willing to put a lot of effort into being sure that my photos and blog posts, the ones on Flickr and here on scripting.com, are safe.
On the other side, the tech industry, understandably, doesn't place a high value on organizing and preserving my digital past, or yours.
So there's something we still have to do, something we, as users -- will have to do for ourselves.