Wednesday, October 27, 1999 by Dave Winer.
If you've been watching Internet syndication technology, today, I have lots of food for thought for you!
First, there's a new site on the air today:
A combination of four great content flows. An experiment in the Internet. A new smart website.
Red Herring and Motley Fool cover the web from a financial viewpoint; Wired and Salon with a business and cultural view.
All four are interesting and eclectic, and all four support the new XML standard for content syndication.
Put together, this is the thinking-person's web, circa 2000 -- an interesting market, one that new technology makes even more interesting.
This new site will surely be controversial. Basically I want to start a discussion, and see where it goes. And I didn't want it to be a theoretical discussion, I wanted to have a live site, on the air, changing every hour, perhaps even covering itself, in a way, if the various pubs decide to address the question on their sites as well as ours.
Some interesting questions have already been raised and addressed:
Is this somewhere that the Internet wants to go? I couldn't think of four publications I'd rather explore this question with. I have enormous respect for all, as a reader, as a technology partner, and in the case of Wired, as a former editor.
Our partnership with O'Reilly Associates is bearing fruit too!
The XML-based UserLand story flow has now made its way to an O'Reilly server, running Unix, with hourly updates. The application is written in Perl and the data is stored in the MySql relational database.
Shortly, the syndicated content flow will be available to any website that runs Perl and has a relational database. Our partner O'Reilly will help make that work.
We're flipping the equation on the ICE formula for content syndication, as supported by Vignette and iSyndicate:
It's a dark-side-light-side thing. A clear choice. Do you believe in the web? Or do you believe in portals?