Dave Winer Building a Bloglines Mobile Competitor

I guess I lied when I said I was going to stop talking about this. ๐Ÿ™‚

All is made clear with a little context. In the discussion in this Flickr thread, Dave reveals that he’s working on a Bloglines Mobile competitor – a mobile web method to read your feeds. I underestimated Dave by assuming he hadn’t thought of this, and now that I have a better idea of what he’s up to, I’m excited. Excited to see if his new service can dethrone the reigning champion of mobile RSS reading, Bloglines.

Competition is good for everyone, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Dave takes this idea. Bloglines Mobile is the gold standard, here, so Dave, make yours good enough, and I’ll switch! I’ll even be happy to pay, if it’s better than the (free) competition. ๐Ÿ™‚


4 thoughts on “Dave Winer Building a Bloglines Mobile Competitor

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  2. I’m relieved to find out that it’s okay for me to be competing with Bloglines! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I thought that was kind of obvious, in a way, and in another way I’m just doing what I always do, creating tools for hacking media.

    Anyway, since people got upset that I didn’t find out what everyone used before announcing my own tools, what do you use to post to your weblog from a blackberry or treo?

  3. Thanks for the comment, Dave. I was feeling a little irritated about the whole thing until I got the whole picture, and I’m glad it didn’t devolve into a flamewar. It wasn’t so much that it’s OK for you to develop a competitor, as much as it was me understanding that you did have a “bigger picture” you were moving towards. ๐Ÿ™‚

    To post to your blog from a mobile device, there are a couple of options.

    For Windows Mobile devices (which I primarily use), like Smartphones, the Treo 700w, etc., there are some apps that use the MetaWeblogAPI. I used to use one from called PocketSharpMT, but for some reason, recent releases have stopped working with my WordPress blog. I tried several other Windows Mobile blog posting apps (Diarist, Finch, etc.), but couldn’t get them to work. I’m beginning to suspect there’s something wrong with my WordPress install that broke the MetaWeblogAPI, but tools like Performancing for Firefox, MarsEdit, and Windows Live Writer still work. Because of that, I usually just use the WordPress web interface in Pocket IE when I want to post from my mobile device.

    For photos, Flickr users can configure their Flickr account to post attached photos to their blogs, and then get a special email address to send photos to, which will post the photo to Flickr and to the blog. I do this a lot with the Sprint Ambassador cameraphone.

    For blogs that can accept posts via email (like Blogger, WordPress if you configure it, etc.) that’s another option that’s open to most any mobile device out there. That’s probably the most universal and easiest way to do it. There are so many mobile OSes out there (Palm, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian, etc.), and so many blog platforms and posting APIs that it would be hard to write a simple app that worked for most people.

    Anyway, I hope that helps. I’ve been using my mobile devices to read the web, etc. literally every day for several years, and I’d be happy to offer my opinions. I’ve been planning to post a video that shows how I use Bloglines Mobile and the other tools I use on a daily basis. It might be helpful.

  4. i think it is just great to see the power of mobile reading getting some solid exposure… my mobile news reader is probably one of the most critical applications i use on a daily basis. i have a 45 minute bus commute every day and if it weren’t for my mobile reader, i’d probably actually have to break down and buy a newspaper ๐Ÿ˜‰ seriously, i use my mobile news reader all the time and in all sorts of strange places (yeh, the bathroom is one of โ€˜em).

    i too was a bit vexed at what appeared to be redundancy in what dave was doing. like you, i feel better now after understanding the bigger picture and recognizing that this is great for mobility!

    i think the biggest missing piece i havenโ€™t heard from dave’s vision is synchronization. that is, i use my mobile phone as an extension of my rss reading habits; keeping states in sync across ALL my machines and readers is critical. at newsgator, we have been and continue to work on the synchronization aspect to give the mobile user the ultimate news reading experience.

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