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I may have found Scoble's hook

Monday, June 23, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Heh. I've been wondering when Scoble would discover NewsJunk. I think today I finally baited the hook, dropped the line, and he took the bait. Maybe! ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named fish.gifI've been deliberately not trying to get my "friends" in Silicon Valley to write about my new offering because I want to see how well they pick up on things outside their own Beltway. I love these guys, Om, Arrington, Scoble, Gillmor, but I want to earn my flow, not be given it. I think NewsJunk is good enough for them to care about it all on its own, not as some kind of favor to me.  Permalink to this paragraph

Now here's how I baited Scoble...  Permalink to this paragraph

I was tuned in to his QikCast of his panel at PDF in NY, and heard him say that Memeorandum was the fastest way to get breaking political news just like Techmeme in the tech blogosphere. I posted a twit, disagreeing, I don't think Memeorandum is good at fast-breaking news, it has a 24-hour cycle, and top stories tend to stick there for the full cycle, keeping other less phenomenal stories that we see quickly in NewsJunk from showing up there at all.  Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named hedyLamarr.jpgSometimes they show up 24 hours after they happen! That's just not good enough for news in a political year. That's why we started NewsJunk -- to scratch the itch that Nicco and I (and many others) had. We tried to imagine the news system that Chuck Todd deserved, or Joe Trippi, David Axelrod, Josh Marshall or even Barack Obama himself. (McCain, only being "aware" of the Internet is not in a position to use it). Permalink to this paragraph

The theory being that if it's good enough for a pro, it would also be good enough for a schmuck like me. Permalink to this paragraph

And Nicco is a pro. Not in Silicon Valley but inside the Beltway. And he's my buddy, and a programmer (he led the tech team at Dean For America in 2004).  Permalink to this paragraph

So I hope it also works for Scoble.  Permalink to this paragraph

Remember Scoble? That's who this story is about. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

Scoble said to me he gets most of his news from Summize and FriendFeed. Permalink to this paragraph

Bing! Permalink to this paragraph

Now you gotta know that we designed NewsJunk in the post-Twitter world, and we use this stuff, seriously, so of course you can get NewsJunk in FriendFeed. Permalink to this paragraph

http://friendfeed.com/newsjunk  Permalink to this paragraph

And what do you think Summize summizes? Twitter! Permalink to this paragraph

We supported Twitter on Day One. Permalink to this paragraph

We got you covered Scoble old dude! 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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