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. :-)
Predictably, people ask why is it better to use a domain name to point to a section of an outline than use a path.
When I was a math student, we tried not to ask questions that showed we couldn't think for ourselves. I wish more would-be techies, people who would have you think they have deep knowledge of tech, had that attitude.
However, assuming the people just didn't know...
The reason it's better is that it can be changed, without breaking incoming pointers.
It's the Internet-friendly way to link.
Analogously. When I lived in Florida, I was pretty sure I would be moving around a lot. So I got a PO box in a city, and had all my bills and statements sent there, instead of to the specific places I lived. That way I could move and everything would still find its way to me.
The last time we played with the World Outline concept, linkrot was the big issue.
1. Outlines make it super-easy to reorg.
2. You want to encourage people to reorg.
3. However when you reorg and you're using paths to point to the spot you moved, oops, you just broke all incoming links!
Back then I told people to just accept linkrot as a consequence of publishing your text on rails.
But in the back of my mind, I knew that wasn't good enough.
I want to be able to leave a marker somewhere and have it go with the structure it's pointing to, where ever it might go.
And beyond that, looking out into the future, I want to make it possible for you to give a name to something I've published, and have it move as I move it.
DNS gives us that.
And what's amazing is that DNS is so old. It's like the lizard brain of the Internet. So ancient that it even predates TCP/IP!
It's amazing to me how, when you pick up a rock, you find something beautiful like this under there.
BTW, I owe a lot to friends who know their DNS for validating my belief that it could work.
Yesterday on Twitter, Ryan Tate paid me the highest compliment that anyone ever has, at least that I can remember.
Ryan Tate: "Scripting News is like Blog Dylan, an ongoing treasure."
He was referring to a particularly gusssto day here, when I wrote five blog posts, only one of them short.