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Snappy retarded answers

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by Dave Winer.

Joseph Smarr asked if I had a snappy answer to why rssCloud is better than The Leading Brand.  Permalink to this paragraph

I said I do have snappy answers, but like all such answers, they are retarded.  Permalink to this paragraph

But I gave him a list anyway. Permalink to this paragraph

1. Google sux. Permalink to this paragraph

Or Permalink to this paragraph

2. Feedburner sux. Permalink to this paragraph

Or Permalink to this paragraph

3. I love RSS, they haven't heard of it. Permalink to this paragraph

4. Simple is better. Permalink to this paragraph

5. Trade one Big centralized server owned by the tech industry for... another one? You must be kidding. Permalink to this paragraph

6. Let's have fun again! Permalink to this paragraph

I don't mean any of these things. It's the tech industry way of explaining why the BigCo won't crush your or eat your lunch, or worse, crush you and eat your lunch. In all my years in the tech biz, the only times I've seen the Bigs ever actually crush anyone was when the crushee bought into the crushing.  Permalink to this paragraph

I don't think Google will crush RSS, any more than TechCrunch will. If they try they're: Permalink to this paragraph

1. Assholes. Permalink to this paragraph

2. Idiots. Permalink to this paragraph

3. Losers. Permalink to this paragraph

So they won't try. A picture named sidesmiley.gif 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.

One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.

"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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