Scripting News: For people who follow me on Twitter.

Radio2, the app that connects my linkblog feed to Twitter uses an old version of the Twitter API. They’ve been saying for a long time that this version would eventually be turned off, and yesterday seems to be the day that happened. This means that links from my feed will not appear on Twitter. I can’t say when or if the app will be updated to work with the new API. I’m busy working on stuff for Small Picture, and Radio2 is no longer a priority for me. Sorry.

However, the feed is RSS, so it’s possible to get the links through some other mechanism. I’m going to keep pushing links to the feed. It’s a habit that’s hard to break. I use it for bookmarking things I want to come back to. That’s not something I plan to stop doing, anytime. And sharing the links is fun for me. I know I’m weird. πŸ˜‰

Caveat: It’s a funny form of RSS because the items don’t have titles. Google didn’t like this kind of feed, but then it’s almost gone, so that might not even be a problem. I’ve always felt this feed would be a good match for or, and it would be great if the newly invigorated feed readers like Feedly would try to make sense of this kind of feed. It’s perfectly valid RSS 2.0. Now that I’m losing my Twitter readers, it would be nice to make it up in some other way.

Things seem to be changing quite rapidly nowadays what with the NSA, and Google Reader going away, and Twitter shutting off their old API. Apple radically changing the UX of iOS, etc. It’s almost as if there’s this incredible disconnect between users and the government and the big tech companies.

I’m just going to keep programming, writing and linking and hope for the best! πŸ™‚

Knock wood, praise Murphy, IANAL, MMLM, etc.


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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