Dave Winer is developing a new simple tool for blogging that allows for easy data portability.
Dave Winer, the web pioneer behind several blogging features like RSS and podcasting, is now developing a new blogging tool that will output a series of RSS feeds and archive one copy of the user’s content to his servers for his own blog, while also giving him the option to post the content to Twitter, Facebook and many other current and in-future publishing platforms.
Dave wrote about the technology he’s working on:
Here’s what I came up with. A tool whose only output is a set of RSS feeds. You can have as many as you want. When you want to create a new post, go to the editor website possibly using a bookmarklet that copies the selected text, title and link from the page you’re coming from. Enter (or edit) the body of the post, and optionally a title and a link, to correspond to the three main elements of an RSS item. You can also link to an enclosure. Click Post and the new item is added to the feed and the feed is published. A realtime notification, via rssCloud, goes out to all who have requested realtime notification. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
You can see an array of previous posts, each with an Edit link next to it. Click the link, and the title, link and description fill the edit area. Make your changes, click Save and the result goes back out to the feed. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
Now, one of the apps that subscribes to the feed could be an agent that posts the new items and updated items to your blog. Or it could post the new item to Twitter or Facebook. Or to whatever new corporate blogging silo is popular next year or the year after. The important thing is that you and your ideas live outside the silo and are ported into it at your pleasure. You never have to worry about getting your stuff out of the silo because it never lived in there in the first place. Permanent link to this item in the archive.
[via Read Write Web]