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Marrying RSS and Twitter

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by Dave Winer.

A picture named shirt.jpgThis may be one of those moments like the time when the guy put peanut butter on chocolate and came up with Reese's peanut butter cups.  Permalink to this paragraph

Maybe a kind of breakthrough.  Permalink to this paragraph

So here's the peanut butter -- a screen shot of the River2 aggregator. You can see at the top there's a big logo doing nothing, and below it is a list of new articles. This is what I call the River of News, it's what Twitter does so nicely. Or more precisely it's one-half of what Twitter does so nicely. Permalink to this paragraph

And here's the chocolate -- a screen shot of Twitter.  Permalink to this paragraph

Where I have my logo it has a small text box for entering a 140-character message.  Permalink to this paragraph

And here's the new ideaPermalink to this paragraph

What if you took the text box from Twitter and put it at the top of the River? Permalink to this paragraph

Where would the text go? Ahhh that's easy -- a Realtime RSS feed. And from there it could flow into other RSS rivers and of course into Twitter or Facebook or anything else that likes streams of 140-character messages.  Permalink to this paragraph

I'm going to do this in the next couple of days and see how it feels. 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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