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. :-)
It's not quite an explosion yet, but there do seem to be a lot of new blogging tools popping up this spring. And thankfully they all seem to be supporting RSS.
I've been pretty quiet about my own new blogging tool, called Radio2. But I've been using it, as have a handful of others. You can install it on your own server, on EC2 or Rackspace, or a spare laptop in your living room. It's a content authoring system, the hits come into your feed, which is stored in S3. It's really rational technology for 2012, and beyond.
Along with Radio2, I created a new namespace for features that weren't in RSS 2.0 when it was completed almost eight years ago in 2002. It's called the "microblog" namespace.
It understands full links vs shortened links. It defines a calendar-structured archive, so you can store all your posts in RSS format. This has been a long-standing problem, and this solution really works. There's a provision for including a readcount with each item.
I want to address two other long-standing issues: feed-is-finished for special event feeds (e.g. a feed for the Olympics, which will stop updating shortly after the Olympics is over) and feed-has-moved for redirection.
If you know of other long-standing needs, I may try to address them in this namespace. If not, you can of course define your own namespaces. RSS 2.0 is fully open that way.
PS: Here's what my linkblog feed looks like. It implements the microblog namespace, of course, as well as the RSS 2.0 <cloud> element.