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Thursday, August 06, 2009 by Dave Winer.

The cloud keeps right on rollin along! A picture named sidesmiley.gif Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named maocloseup.jpgI love this piece by Rex Hammock on rebooting his Twitter follow list. It's great for a bunch of reasons. 1. Rex is a smart user. 2. He was inspired in part by Jay Rosen, who said in our July 27 podcast that he treats his subscription list as a resource for others who want to find people to follow in his field of expertise. 3. Rex relied on the rssCloud tool released earlier this week.  Permalink to this paragraph

Developers -- it's our job is to listen to smart users like Jay and Rex, and then give them the tools to create the revolution. We are at best enablers. I do mean best. When we see ourselves as the show, we miss the point. The users are what's happening.  Permalink to this paragraph

I started a mail list for developers working on rssCloud. Moderated at first to keep out the trolling and the spamming. Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named maoWarhol.jpgNow, that's not to say that developers can't be users too. The best ones are, and man that is powerful because there can be really good communication betw the user and the developer if they're in the same body. A good example -- Matt Mullenweg had the idea to import his Twitter subscription list into Google Reader and it worked. However, all the subscriptions were imported at the top level, meaning he had a clean-up to do.  Permalink to this paragraph

So I added a feature to the app, if you add "&folder=1" to the end of the URL it creates an extra level in the OPML, designed for import into Google Reader (and probably other RSS aggregators as well). Example:  Permalink to this paragraph

http://tw.opml.org/get?user=jkottke&folder=1 Permalink to this paragraph

1. Save the list to your desktop.  Permalink to this paragraph

2. In Google Reader, click on Settings (in the upper-right corner of the window), then Import/Export.  Permalink to this paragraph

3. Click the Browse button and choose the file you saved above. Permalink to this paragraph

4. Click the Upload button.  Permalink to this paragraph

5. When you return to the Google Reader main page, you'll see a new top-level section for your Twitter subscriptions. Permalink to this paragraph

Now you can follow Twitter folk in Google Reader. Heh. A picture named sidesmiley.gif Permalink to this paragraph

Re Twitter's problems today. Centralized networks are especially vulnerable to DOS attacks. Loosely-coupled networks can do better. I wanted to post that to Twitter, but it's under attack. Not a joke, but something to continue to think about, planning for the future. Permalink to this paragraph

Update: How do you manage the global namespace in a loosely-coupled 140-character message network. 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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