Where we're at with 1999.io
by Dave Winer Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Well, it seems 1999.io is about finished. 

What that means is that it appears to be stable, it can be used for what it was designed to do. There are docs for getting people started, and a home page that links to it all. Here's the reviewer's guide page. It says what makes 1999.io different from other blogging software like WordPress, Ghost, Tumblr, Blogger, Medium, Drupal, etc. 

1999.io picks up the thread from the blogging software I started in the 90s, culminating with Radio UserLand in 2002. Lots of good ideas there that weren't picked up by the competitors. 1999.io goes way beyond Radio, with a more powerful Edit This Page feature, liveblogging, and easy backups and mobility. The UI is better -- easier to learn and use, and more flexible, inspired by Facebook and Twitter, and the immediacy of JavaScript in the browser. 

1999.io pushes the state of the art in blogging. And yes, blogging software matters, despite what some people say. Software is cyclic, one year mobile is big, next year it's chatbots. Silos are the norm for a while, then radically open platforms. One thing you can be sure of is that next year it'll be something else.

Fashion fluctuates quickly but development of software lines extend over decades. Blogging can trace its beginnings to word processing, desktop publishing, presentation software and outlining software, and then through browser-based apps, to social networks. I firmly believe people running their own servers will be a big deal in the years to come, as the Minecraft generation comes of age, and at the same time the cloud will continue to grow with hosted apps. It's all going to be big. And people will always need writing tools, and that's what 1999.io is -- the best writing tool I could imagine and implement in 2016. 

It was time for an update. Long overdue. 

I would love to work with the people at WordPress, Drupal and all the other blogging vendors but especially with open source developers to build more interop between our environments. Toward that end I've invested in making the RSS that 1999.io generates absolutely state of the art. I made it clean, and made it work with all the major RSS consumers and added new features in partnership with River5 (I know the developer personally).

I am building on WebSockets. Very reliable high performance technology, the kind of stuff you can implement once and then forget it. It just works.

Anyway if you want to know what 1999.io is about, check out the feature list

Create a test site. Or set up your own server. 

Let's have fun!

Still diggin!