Pay attention to Dave’s newest thing

Dave Winer has come up with a way to make mobile news feeds easy to access and read on portable media devices. He calls it “NewsRiver” and uses the device’s browser instead of an RSS aggregator. He’s using OPML technology to create a web page that’s readable in his River of News style (scrolling through text instead of clicking on headlines).

While this has been available for several months, it has moved to the front burner with Dave, because he recently purchased a Blackberry and is discovering what he likes and doesn’t like about the device.

A lot of people are going to say, “Big deal. We can already read news on a PDA.” But let’s all remember that this is Dave Winer, and when Dave gets excited about something, it’s time to stop what you’re doing and pay attention.

I wouldn’t be blogging if it wasn’t for Dave, and I think that’s true for most. I wouldn’t have an RSS feed if it wasn’t for Dave. Podcasting wouldn’t exist today if Dave hadn’t given his mind to it.

He has a unique way of getting downstream, having an “a‑ha” moment, and bringing it back to the rest of us. We look at it and think he’s nuts, but that only lasts for a moment.

This discovery has pretty profound ramifications for local media companies, especially those who are currently paying outsider providers to do something similar for them. These companies will likely see their business model disrupted by this simple application.

I love Dave Winer.

Comments

  1. Too funny, I was just reading a list of logical fallacies, when along came “Argumentum ad verecundiam”:

    “A lot of people are going to say, ‘Big deal. We can already read news on a PDA.’ But let’s all remember that this is Dave Winer, and when Dave gets excited about something, it’s time to stop what you’re doing and pay attention.”

    I like what some wag said about what is now called NewsRiver: “Hooray, you just created Bloglines Mobile.”

    I [heart] the internet.

  2. Point taken, Ethan, so what do you think of chaos? And who said my argument was an exercise in logic?

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