Dave Winer, 56, is a software developer 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 and NYU, 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.
scriptingnews2mail at gmail dot com.
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FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
I would pay $50 for this feature.
A temporary unfollow.
There are quite a few people at SXSW right now who are tweeting endlessly about stuff that gives me major butt hurt, so I'm inclined to unfollow them.
But then I have to remember to follow them again, once SXSW is over, and they regain their perspective (i.e. not everything is about SXSW). I know I won't remember.
Isn't that the kind of thing software does well? (It surely is.)
Isn't Twitter just software? (Yes.)
So wtf, sell us a freaking feature. It's worth money to do this for us.
Also while you're at it, give us a command to delete a single tweet. That can't be very hard. I don't want to delete it everywhere, just in my @connect tab. That way when someone says something they probably shouldn't have said, rather than be reminded of it over and over, I can just remove it from sight. Been waiting for this feature for years.
These two items came across my river at the same time.
These two items totally belong together.
Highlight is the current frictionless sharing leader. It's constantly broadcasting your location back ot the mother ship, without you having to do anything to make it happen. No check-ins as with the Foursquare generation of sharing apps. And Highlight is connected to Facebook, so it seems likely you're sharing at least some of that with Facebook as well.
Less friction. And friction is bad. So less is good. Right?
Well, not so fast.
There's a big test in the law around privacy. Did you have a reasonable expectation of privacy? Then if the government wants to invade your space they need to get a warrant. However if you didn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy, they can go ahead and watch you. Without you knowing.
This is a big deal these days. The government doesn't necessarily believe you have a reasonable expectation of privacy in your email inbox and outbox. Therefore they think they should be able to have a look, whenever they want, without a court order. The companies that provide email service, at least some of them, disagree, for now at least.
And whether or not you have a reasonable expectation of privacy probably doesn't depend on whether you use these frictionless sharing apps. It may only matter if a lot of people use them.