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The NY Times/Twitter feed

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 by Dave Winer.

Today I was thinking about what, in an ideal world, to do with the Twitter feed of the NY Times.  Permalink to this paragraph

It has 852,709 followers. That's potentially quite powerful. Permalink to this paragraph

This is what I came up with. Permalink to this paragraph

Think about two communities: 1. The people who use Twitter and those who are likely to use it in the near future. 2. The people who use the NY TImes now and in the near future.  Permalink to this paragraph

The community you're serving with this feed is the intersection between the two. Permalink to this paragraph

The feed should be used to push links to stories that would interest someone in this community. But not just stories from the NY Times.  Permalink to this paragraph

The criteria would be: Would an informed person want to know about this? And does it fit the Twitter lifestyle of short attention span and retweeting. Permalink to this paragraph

"All the news that's fit to print" meets "People come back to places that send them away." Permalink to this paragraph

Could be very interesting. ";->" Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, 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.

"The protoblogger." - NY Times.

"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.

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"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.

"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.

"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.


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