Re: Throw Away the Internet: Start All Over
Posted: Apr 25, 2003 11:07 PM
> Yesterday I discovered what RSS really was. I have read
> about it but not understood enough about it to know that I
> really did not know it. (Another example of, " I did not
> know that I did not know." It started when I clicked that
> red XML box last week end on the weblog page you set up
> for me.
I myself only discovered RSS last September, when a reader emailed me asking if I'd considered creating an RSS feed for new articles. I replied asking what RSS was. They pointed me to some info, and within two hours I had an RSS feed for new articles. It was my first, and is still running:
A lot of people are just discovering it recently. Bruce Eckel, for example, started his weblog at Mindview.net the week in March I invited him to have one at Artima.com. He hadn't yet heard of RSS. A lot of people are discovering it for the first time nowadays. It has been under the radar for most people.
> Suddenly I began
> to notice all these red XML boxes all over in places that
> I had not been visiting. That happened as soon a I did a
> search with my favorite search engine Ixquick on rss. I
> have been reading news on a personalized MyYahoo page for
> quite some time and shocked to find that newsfeeds with
> little red XML boxes had just popped up everywhere. Its
> spring on the internet. The new flowers look like little
> red xml pictures.
I think you're right. It is funny you posted about RSS in this topic, which is about an article that suggests we consider consciously reinventing some of the basic functions of the internet, such as email. RSS feels more like a distributed, unplanned, unorganized revolution sweeping the internet. So left alone, the internet will likely continue to reinvent itself from time to time. Those little XML boxes are popping up all over the internet like spring flowers, though some of them smell nicer than others.
> So now I've got to figure out how to do all this rss. Its
> sort of like starting over for me. Hey maybe this would
> make a web log?
That would be suitably self-referential.
> My observation is that most of what we read in email could
> really be something that could be done with an rss feed,
> then perhaps we could junk the smtp email thing and
> shutout all the spam in one big thunk.
I think the author of the article has a point that Spam has gotten so bad that it may be cost effective to move to a completely new email-like system. If you add up how much employee time must be being wasted every day sorting through spam, it must be a huge drain on productivity, and it keeps getting worse. It would be a fun design project, but I have no idea what it would end up looking like.