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 was doing some work today on photo pages in the world outline browser, and came across this great picture of a San Francisco Bay sunset taken from Indian Rock in Berkeley, in May 2008. I thought it would make a great header graphic, and since I'm using those again, I wanted to see if I remembered how to do it. So here's the header.
Coming soon (Christmas Day) to theaters near me.
The concept of the NJFF, by NJ herself.
I wrote up the 2008 festival in Berkeley.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.
A tweet from NJ. "We must see THE DARKEST HOUR. Also, EXTREMELY LOUD. Possibly, ADVENTURES OF TINTIN and YOUNG ADULT."
Friday's movies on Google Movies.
JY suggests seeing The Artist.
NYT reviews Adventures of TinTin.
Jen and Arikia agree we need to see We Need To Talk About Kevin.
I seriously doubt that.
Key point for minimal blogging: It's all about your feed.
My minimal blogging tool is called Radio2. Your feed is the center of the universe for Radio2. It's used to connect to Twitter, and we hope to many other tools.
It's the key to bootstrapping a network of independent users who communicate not only through Twitter, but a new network of Twitter-like tools.
Think of it this way: On the net, your feed is you.
The links you push through this tool will be rendered in many different contexts. That's why the way you render it is not important. The point of the tool is to connect your linkflow with all the places you might want your links to flow. That's the reality in 2011, and any blogging tool must take this into account.
Today there are: feeds, rivers and renderers.
Every software seems to fit into one of these. Those that try to do it all are silos and are not interesting to me.
The Radio2 software can be downloaded and installed on your own server, on EC2 or Rackspace, for example, or anywhere you can run a Windows or Mac server. It's designed to be very simple to set up. I will even set up accounts for reviewers who want to get a look at it without setting up a server.
To get an idea of what it is and how it works, check out the user docs. There's not a lot of docs, because after all, it is designed to be minimal.