January 26, 2003

Dave Barry

Dave Barry has a weblog. This is excellent. Now he needs an RSS feed. He needs to get off Blogspot and into a real blogging environment. It’s great to see the tools develop to the point where more and more people are diving into the medium though. The more, the merrier.

David Hyatt, meanwhile, has a bunch of ideas on merging browsers with news aggregators. I don’t think the two should become one app, but it would be great to see more cross-over between the environments. I’d love to be able to subscribe to feeds by clicking a link from the blog’s home page for example. And I’d be thrilled if Safari would open new pages from NetNewsWire in new tabs, in the background, a la Chimera.

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Scott Yager

Dave Barry…outstanding. He apparently doesn’t know what an RSS feed is. Walt, offer to set it up for him.

Walt Dickinson

That is awesome that he’s already getting into the lingo loop. I’m certain someone more qualified than I will be able to set him up with a more robust blogging tool.

Sean Peisert

Walt — I don’t know what an RSS feed is either. Care to enlighten? :)

Scott Yager

While we’re disclosing, I don’t really know what it is either.

Walt Dickinson

RSS is a flavor of XML used to publish news content. I have a page which lists my feeds and has links to helpful information. Also, check out this screen shot of NetNewsWire to see an example of how RSS feeds can be utilized to create a custom listing of fresh news. In a nutshell, RSS make it possible for the internet to tell me when there’s new content I’m interested in rather than me having to go in search of it.

Walt Dickinson

Scott, here is your RSS feed. Your Movable Type tool automatically generates it for you. I’m subscribed to it. When I’m running NNW, it checks your feed every hour and tells me if you’ve blogged something new.

Sean Peisert

Ah, cool! In other words, much easier than doing a screen scrape.