Scripting News for 10/31/07

Using WordPress as an OPML Manager 

Panayotis Vryonis sent an email saying I might be interested in what he’s doing. He was right about that!

He’s got WordPress serving OPML to Nokia’s podcatcher, apparently it supports dynamic OPML (what we call reading lists), a very powerful and useful feature.

Well, well, well..

Look at how well all these things work together! 🙂

WordPress, Nokia, OPML, podcasting, and a developer out there where ever he is.

We didn’t have a big press conference, or leak something to the NY Times or TechCrunch There was no grand announcement of an alliance. We didn’t threaten anyone, or undermine anyone, or any of that. We all just said Hey this might be useful why don’t you give it a try.

Gotta love it.

PS: We need a logo for loving OPML like the ones we have for RSS. Anyone want to give it a go?

A bit about Open Social 

Standards devised by one tech company whose main purpose is to undermine another tech company, usually don’t work.

In this case it’s Google trying to undermine Facebook.

And I don’t think it’s going to work.

What would be exciting and uplifting, a real game-changer — Internet companies giving users full control of their data.

When Google makes their announcement on Thursday, the question they should be asked by everyone is — How much of my data are you letting me control today? That’s pretty much all that matters to anyone, imho.

1996: “How much happier we would be if instead of crippling each other with fear, we competed to empower each others’ creativity.”

Think about all the frees and opens and what they reveal 

Okay now we have Open Social to add to a long list of Opens and Frees.

Open Source — let’s see your source code.

Open Doc — let’s get rid of Office.

Open ID — let’s see your users.

Free Beer — Web 2.0.

Free Software — no code-level lock-in.

These aren’t good or bad, they just serve someone’s interest without thinking about the users’ interest (at best) or counter to the users’ interest (at worst).

Which suggests maybe it’s time to get to the point.

Free Users. 🙂

Let my people go!

4 responses to this post.

  1. good post. i agree with all you said guru dev 🙂

    i tried google check out when we decided on a payment processor…and…well…it’s POS.

    way way over complicated.

    i also like how you explained how something that is free, isn’t really free. it’s my main beef against the open source people who just say shit to say it, not understanding the tactics behind them.


  2. Re: “Think About All the Frees and Opens…”: One of the reasons I walked away from Linux after 10 years is that I got very tired of being told, in not so diplomtatic language, that, as a user, my opinion didn’t count. Open source, they said, was created for developers by developers, and since, as a mere user, I could not contribute any code, I needed to just shut up.

    Well, nuts to all that. My money now goes to Cupertino.


  3. I have been talking to Nokia for about a year or so regarding their podcatcher and its need to support OPML inclusion.

    The current (and very old 1.00.3) version of the Podcatcher still has to download full OPML – missing out on the killer mobile opportunities which OPML inclusion would provide.

    It’s less data to grab : only downloading the folders/nodes which I want.



  4. You seem to have stopped showing up in my Bloglines account. I hope that is not permanent.


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