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Rebooting RSS, interlude
By Dave Winer on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 2:01 PM.

A picture named sneaker.jpgA couple of small items between major posts in the continuing thread about Rebooting RSS. permalink

1. Ryan Tate, in a comment here, says he doesn't see the efficiency in my proposal to shorten names.  permalink

2. Jon Udell on the idea of rebooting RSS, among other topics.  permalink

A general observation. I would love to have dinner sometime with Jon and Ryan, and let them try to poke holes in my plan to reboot RSS.  permalink

Along the way I might repeat a few times the why of it.  permalink

The why of it: I want to create, out of RSS, something like Twitter, but not locked up on one company's servers. Call me an opensorcerer or a rastafarian, but I like networks that aren't controlled by one company. Esp not a tech company. permalink

To Ryan's concern. He says he can subscribe to now (although I'm not aware of any place you can do that). I want him to be able to follow davewiner, the same way he would on Twitter. But have it resolve to the URL of an RSS feed, invisibly.  permalink

That last part -- invisibly -- is super-important.  permalink

To get there, I need a way to map names to URLs.  permalink

Bill Seitz asks which of my many feeds would map to davewiner?  permalink

Good question. You should come to the dinner too Bill! :-) permalink

But you don't have to wait to get the answer. permalink

It would be the same feed I currently send through Twitter.  permalink

A picture named phone.jpgAs I said in an earlier piece, not in the Rebooting RSS thread: choice and ease of use are inversely related. The more you limit choice, the easier you can make it. I have to pay a price to be part of a simpified network. I already pay that price by being part of Twitter's network. Now I want to renegotiate that. I'm still willing to make a choice, and only have some of my stuff flow through the canonical davewiner feed. But I know that any element in that feed can point to content that would usually be in another feed. I give up some flexibility to be part of a network that's easier to use. permalink

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