river.js is a format

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know that I am a big proponent of River of News feed readers.

I’ve also been promoting a JSON-based format that serves to communicate between aggregators and browser-based apps that display the rivers. Until now the format was undocumented and unnamed.

Media Hackers is an example of such an app.

There are enough other developers using the format now that it seems possible that it will become a standard alongside RSS and OPML. Obviously that can’t happen without some docs and a name.

I considered a lot of possible names, and then hit on river.js. The domains I needed for that were available and there were no hits for the name in Google, so I went with it. And wrote the first pass at the docs.


Welcome! :-)


About Dave Winer

Dave 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.
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