Ryan is the creator of SimplePie and Tarzan AWS and co-founder of WarpShare. He also co-built the Y! Messenger website. You can find out more about Ryan on his Website.
Ryan Parman Joins RSS Advisory Board
Congrats to Ryan Parman, the newest member of the RSS Advisory Board.
Randy Charles Morin Becomes RSS Advisory Board Chair
Randy Charles Morin has become the chairman of the RSS Advisory Board, taking over for Rogers Cadenhead, who will continue as a member.
Morin, a member of the board since 2006, is an RSS software developer who created the enormously popular RSS-to-email service SendMeRSS, which had 50,000 users when it was sold to NBC Universal in 2007. Morin began the site -- originally called R-Mail, as a personal project, turning it into a business when it grew by 15,000 users over a 90-day period.
A member of the RSS community who's been evangelizing the format for years, Morin publishes the RSS Blog, a how-to site for RSS publishers and developers that has more than 6,800 subscribers to its feed.
RSS 0.90, 0.91 Moving to RSS Advisory Board
The board will ensure the continued availability of the specifications and the RSS 0.91 DTD (document type definition), which still receives four million hits a day from XML parsing software. We could use some advice from Apache admins on how to serve a file that often without reducing the HTTP server to a smoldering heap of rubble.
In the eight years since Netscape published the first RSS specification, the format has become as essential to the web as HTML, XHTML and CSS. By my estimation, the specs and related DTDs have been requested from Netscape's servers more than one billion times.
As the current chairman of the board, I'd like to thank Guha and Libby for their work on the first two versions of RSS and more recent Netscape employees Chris Finke and Tom Drapeau for helping this transition. Though most RSS feeds use the current version today, thousands of feed publishers continue to employ RSS 0.9 and RSS 0.91. Long after Netscape closed the first incarnation of the My Netscape Network and had no business interest in RSS, the company contributed to the success of web syndication by keeping these documents online.
Sterling Camden, Simone Carletti Join RSS Advisory Board
Two new members have joined the RSS Advisory Board: Sterling "Chip" Camden and Simone Carletti.
A commercial programmer since 1978, Camden has created the OPML Blogroll and OPML Browser widgets for the WordPress weblog publishing platform. He's also a supporter of the yearly Providing Autism Research golf tournament in Pleasanton, Calif.
Welcome to the board!
WordPress Adds Atom:Link to RSS Feeds
WordPress support for the atom:link element in RSS feeds has gone live in both the standalone and multiuser versions of the software. The RSS Profile recommends that feeds include atom:link to identify the feed's URL.
<atom:link href="http://photomatt.net/feed/" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" />
You can see the element in WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg's RSS feed, which is published with version "2.4-bleeding," and the Strange Maps feed published with WordPress MU. The official release of WordPress 2.4 is scheduled for December.
This week, Steve Rubel has written a couple of blog posts that have made me kick myself in the ass for not doing more as chair of the board.
This is required reading for everybody who wants to help me advance RSS.
First he writes RSS Adoption at 11% and it May Be Peaking.
Then he writes I've Seen the Future of News, It's the Newsfeed.
Microsoft has announced that the user agent string for the next version of the RSS Platform will be "Windows-RSS-Platform/2.0 (MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0)".
The platform will be used by Internet Explorer 8 to request the user's subscribed RSS feeds.
The web-based RSS reader Bloglines now offers a mobile version of its service optimized for Apple iPhone. You can read full-text feeds, search for feeds and specific text across all feeds, and turn on Skweezer, a service that makes web pages more readable on mobile devices.