It's even worse than it appears..
Podcast about how Twitter is blowing up and the opportunities to put things back together better as we move on. You can hear how tired I am. Having shipped FeedLand, I'm kind of spent, but there's more to do. I'm grateful for that. Let's make the most of it. The podcast is about using FeedLand to write, not just read. About the connection to and hopes for connection to Mastodon. And leveraging Markdown in your feeds, how to do it with no breakage. My FeedLand feed is here. #
Any product with a timeline should support inbound RSS. Let my feed be a proxy for me. Don't force me to use your writing tools to be in your network. Let me write where I like to write. Then what happens is we get differentiated writing tools.#
I asked Elon Musk about developers and Twitter today.#
  • A big new FeedLand feature today -- it's now two-way. It's not only useful for feed reading but now it supports feed writing as well. #
  • There's a new command in the first menu, Edit my feed. #
  • When you choose the command, an edit box appears where you can enter a title-less item that goes into your feed when you click the Post button.#
  • Here are the docs for the new feature. Any FeedLand user can have a feed. You of course must be logged-in to use it. #
  • This is where my feed is. #
  • That's very simply an RSS 2.0 feed, public -- which you or anyone else can subscribe to in any app that can read an RSS feed. That includes feed readers like Feedly and NetNewsWire, but it also, innovatively, can included in, a system created by Manton Reece, in place of a blog I write there. To someone reading my feed on, because I have included my FeedLand feed, it appears as if I wrote the post there, not over here. And why shouldn't it work that way. This is an example of what I call Two-way RSS. It's common for blogging systems to support outbound RSS, where what I post there is available outside the blogging system, but it's mind-blowingly powerful if it goes the other way. Very few non-feed reader reading systems support inbound RSS, but imho if they would, web writing would be revolutionized. All kinds of ad hoc connections would be possible. #
  • Two systems I'd like to support this idea are:#
    • Substack -- then I could use any writing tool that produces RSS as output to write essays that then could be received via email. CLearly they already have the technology to do this because they have a feed reader that can subscribe to sources outside of Substack. It's one simple step (imho) to let authors write using their own favorite tools rather than Substack's writing tool, which is nice, but I like the writing environment I already have, as do many other writers. #
    • Mastodon -- if they did, any app that produced an RSS feed could peer. The Fediverse would then extend futher than it can with ActivityPub because RSS is so widely supported, and easy to implement. #
  • I will of course have more to say about this new direction for feeds on the web including a chance to reboot with a safer way to write HTML alsk known as Markdown, another drum I've been beating fairly regularly, lately. 😄#
  • PS: Here's the thread where, a couple of days ago, I introduced this feature to the inner circle of FeedLand users. #
  • I started thinking and the ideas kept pouring out. Here goes.#
    • Re the blue checkmarks, leave them alone. Make a very clear statement and stick to it. Blue checkmarks are Twitter Classic.#
    • Let's come up with some more colors -- silver, gold and black (to correspond to different levels of credit cards perhaps).#
    • Anyone can buy a silver checkmark. It means that other people, with a single click, or by hovering over their tag, can find out their real name and whatever other verifiable info the user wants to share publicly. The info comes from the credit card company.#
    • With gold, you get more services and they cost more. Twitter will make introductions to other members who might share interests with you. With this Twitter could get into the businesses of or linkedin.#
    • Black is reserved for Friends Of Elon, whatever that means. People who hang out and smoke weed or travel on Twitter Tours. The kind of perks credit card companies offer. Hey you could even partner with Amex or whatever. Good deals on a Model Y or Starlink. #
    • Hey here's another idea. There must be a pool of good names that have been abandoned years ago. Those might be worth money. I'd like to buy a few if they're for sale. Or buy a TLD, maybe .twtr and allow their twitter names to be portable in some sense as afforded by DNS's flexibility. Thinking out loud here. #
    • BTW, while I have your attention I used to have NYT, and the NYT didn't mind. It goes back to the beginning of Twitter and NYT support for RSS. I'd pump links to NYT articles through this Twitter account. Never got an explanation why it was suspended. If you like the ideas can you ask them to let me use that account again? It was fun. Free advertising for the paper of record. #
  • Freedom was on the ballot.#

Last update: Wednesday November 9, 2022; 8:19 PM EST.

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