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Overlooked detail?

Monday, April 28, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named love.gifI was going to ask Gabe Rivera if he watched Twitter accounts to influence TechMeme. What got me on this train of thought was a piece on TechCrunch about the perennial problem of meme-watching on Twitter. Why invent something new, I wondered, when all you have to do is link the new link medium to the tried-and-true meme-watcher? Permalink to this paragraph

That led me to this question -- how would Gabe know which Twitter account is associated with a given blog? He could scrape, and maybe sometimes the blog would link to a Twitter account in its margins (mine does, for example), but that seems like too much work, and it's too unreliable. Permalink to this paragraph

Then I thought why not use the same mechanism we use for feed discovery? Indeed. Why not? Permalink to this paragraph

<link rel="twitstream" href="http://twitter.scripting.com/daveRss.xml" /> Permalink to this paragraph

What do you think? Permalink to this paragraph

Update: I added the link element above to the source of Scripting News, on an experimental basis.  Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, 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, 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 Berkeley, California.

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