Scripting News: One great thing about the demise of Google Reader.

A picture named wickedWitch.gifFor a long time I wouldn’t create a feed that couldn’t be read by Google Reader. That was after an awkward period, when Google Reader started up, that it couldn’t do a good job of reading Scripting News’s feed.

Think about that for a minute. Scripting News was the first feed. The specs were all written in such a way that Scripting News worked. It would be impossible, unthinkable that somehow the first feed could not be read by a reader from Google. But that’s the way it worked. From day one, Google came in with the attitude of The Boss Man. We run this show. I always thought well fuck that shit. What’s the point of creating something new if a big asshole company can come along and break you. On day one. Not even a Hello World from a Humble Newbie. Nahh. We’re Google. You’re nothin.

Eventually I caved, and got rid of the features that Google couldn’t handle.

So here’s the good thing — I can put things into my feeds that Google Reader doesn’t like.

Not that I haven’t already been doing that for a couple of years. 😉


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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