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Why Flickr should do realtime RSS

Thursday, October 01, 2009 by Dave Winer.

1. Flickr comes from Yahoo. Permalink to this paragraph

2. Yahoo used to be a source of innovation.  Permalink to this paragraph

3. Twitter defines realtime. Permalink to this paragraph

4. Twitter doesn't do pictures. Permalink to this paragraph

5. Flickr is all about picturesPermalink to this paragraph

6. Flickr already supports RSS, nicely. Permalink to this paragraph

7. RSS lets anyone play realtime. Permalink to this paragraph

8. Flickr gets to do it more openly than Twitter. Permalink to this paragraph

9. With pictures. Permalink to this paragraph

10. It's innovative and new and interesting and pretty easy. (But not trivial.) Permalink to this paragraph

11. A way for Yahoo to do something useful, interesting and innovative. Permalink to this paragraph

12. An example of a realtime photo feed. Note the use of Yahoo's Media-RSS extension. 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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