Dan’s blog is rapidly turning into one of my favourite destinations on the web.
I hope he comes to an Indie Web Camp.
A superb piece by Marco Arment prompted by the closing of Google Reader. He nails the power of RSS:
RSS represents the antithesis of this new world: it’s completely open, decentralized, and owned by nobody, just like the web itself. It allows anyone, large or small, to build something new and disrupt anyone else they’d like because nobody has to fly six salespeople out first to work out a partnership with anyone else’s salespeople.
And he’s absolutely on the money when he describes what changed:
RSS, semantic markup, microformats, and open APIs all enable interoperability, but the big players don’t want that — they want to lock you in, shut out competitors, and make a service so proprietary that even if you could get your data out, it would be either useless (no alternatives to import into) or cripplingly lonely (empty social networks).
I share his anger.
Well, fuck them, and fuck that.
The web’s walled gardens are threatened by the decentralised power of RSS.
Google is threatened by RSS. Google is closing down Google Reader.
Twitter is threatened by RSS. Twitter has switched off all of its RSS feeds.
It will dip and diminish, but will RSS ever go away? Nah. One of RSS’s weaknesses in its early days—its chaotic decentralized weirdness—has become, in its dotage, a surprising strength. RSS doesn’t route through a single leviathan’s servers. It lacks a kill switch.
The litany of open standards that Google has been abandoning: RSS, XMPP, WebDav…
Brent Simmons pens a love-letter to RSS, a technology that you use every day, whether you realise it or not.
A good overview of making Huffduffer play nicely with podcasting software on iOS.
Huffduffer is a niche tool that, for me, solves a recurring problem. I can now save episodes from any device without having to subscribe to an entire show if I’m just interested in a a single episode.
A heated discussion around the decision in Firefox 4 to remove the RSS icon from the address bar.
An all-in-one validator from the W3C: markup, CSS and feed validation.
Anil Dash writes about the realtime web, calling it Pushbutton.
Shaun's new RSS reader looks sweet (and smart).
I need to get some RSS pillows.
Typographically thoughtful themes for NetNewsWIre. Even if you don't use the RSS reader, check out the gorgeous design of this site.
Jon's helvetican theme for Google Reader.
If there's an RSS you think Ryan should know about, you can tell him here.
A handy little service that creates an RSS feed of upcoming music releases based on your Last.fm listening history.
You've seen isitchristmas.com, istwitterdown.com and dowebsitesneedtolookexactlythesameineverybrowser.com. Now Gareth Rushgrove has built isitbirthday.com. Subscribe to the RSS feed just in case you were wondering when my birthday is.
A new site to track the building blocks of portable social networks: OpenID, OAuth, hCard, XFN and more.
NetNewsWire now supports microformats.
I saw afeeda demo'd at Reboot. It looks like a handy place to create a lifestream. Here's one I made earlier.
Google gets behind GeoRSS. This is good. Somewhere, Mikel Maron is doing a little dance.
A very nice life stream implementation that uses APIs to pull in images (though the underlying markup is a bit weird).
The website for the Fundamentos Web conference provided audio and video files but no RSS feed to enclose them so Nick Dunn has created one for us.
Chris J. Davis has turned my life stream thingy into a plug-in for Wordpress. Nice!
Ben was wearing a "Well Fed" t-shirt at d.Construct and it looked great. I think I'll have to get myself one.
You can now create podcasts on Odeo. This is going to be huge.
A web app for reading RSS feeds. Pretty nice, but I'll stick with Adactio Elsewhere for now.
Possible ideas for IE's icon for RSS feeds. I like number five.
Scroll down to the end - Apple are offering a command line tool for adding chapters to podcasts. You can also add images which will show up in the artwork window of iTunes.