Forward motion with RSS.

A picture named loveRss.gifYou know what would be cool?

If you have an idea that would improve RSS for everyone, how about writing a blog post about it so we can all give it consideration, think about it, and possibly support your idea?

I’ve given this a lot of thought, and more than a meetup, what we need are people putting serious stakes in the ground. Interop they’re willing to work on. Investments they’re ready to make that could benefit their competitors possibly more than themselves.

We don’t need 20 companies vying to be the 800-pound gorilla. We need an NBA or Major League Baseball. Some new rules that help our sport work better for the fans and the players.

In a blog post I wrote before RSS even existed, I said this:

  • Here’s an invitation to truly embrace the creativity of others. Instead of beating your breast about how great you are, try saying how great someone else is. Look for win-wins, make that your new religion. Establish a policy that nothing will be announced unless it can be shown that someone else will win because of what you’re doing. How much happier we would be if instead of crippling each other with fear, we competed to empower each others’ creativity.

If there’s going to be some new growth in RSS it’s going to have to benefit everyone not just you. If you’re willing to step up, now’s a great time to do it.

PS: Here’s an example of the kind of post I’m looking for. Nothing earth-shaking. The simpler the better. The idea is to build new interop.

I’m going to accumulate links to posts here. Hopefully the list gets reallllly long! 🙂

  • Chuck Shotton.
  • Jordan Sherer.
  • Julien Genestoux.
  • Malcolm Blaney.
  • Rob Fahrni.
  • Matt Terenzio.
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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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