I don’t read Paul Graham as often as I should, to read not because of his startup super-star status, but for his insights into the world of startups. His latest article, Mean People Fail, flies right into the face of the age old aphorism “nice guys finish last”. Well worth your time today to go have a read.
A week or so ago my phone started buzzing with notifications from Twitter. I had a whole bunch of new followers (almost all from Turkey) and a tweet that was favourited quite a few times. I didn’t realise till I saw a tweet this evening as to why:Galatasaray on Twitter. Nice!
The previous version of Scripting News toyed with the idea of having title-less feeds, but resulted in a view like below in NextGen Reader.
Recently however, Dave updated his software (i.e. his weblog) and along with it titles came back into play. You can see this in the first post in the screenshot below, makes quite a difference doesn’t it? Fact is that most feed readers area geared to work with a title accompanying the post albeit such a requirement isn’t mandated by the spec.
Whilst RSS without titles are a great idea if you post multiple updates per day, but with the lack of tooling to support it, it leaves the user experience for the readers in a less enviable position. Then again, is it much different to how Twitter works? What if we were allowed to import our OPML lists into Twitter and have items come through as they were posted?
I've submitted a request to Microsoft via its UserVoice feedback system to allow for an open API access to the Reading List service, thus enabling the community to build additional methods of accessing said bookmarks.
Vote up if you think it's a good idea!