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. :-)
Now here's a similar idea for web services that produce RSS feeds (which by the way we are very grateful for).
Example: Pinterest feed for Dave Winer
Now, consider the title of the actual feed. It's just Dave Winer. When an item from that feed shows up in a river there's no easy way to know if it came from Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Posterous, Path, Quora or Pinterest.
Much better to spell it out: Dave Winer's Pinterest feed.
Finally, I just want to say how happy I was to see that Pinterest is producing a good RSS 2.0 feed for this very fast-growing service. That means we can integrate it into the work that we're doing, and you can integrate it in work that you're doing. It becomes an input device for anything you can dream up. That's the way people should do technology.