I’m finding myself utterly, completely baffled over the spreading hype over Dave Winer’s “River of news” reinterpretation of web sites. Doc Searles chimes in with a claim that “The river metaphor makes me look at the supply side of blogging from a whole new perspective.” Dave himself, of course, is piling up the links to show that his approach is great.
But what does it actually appear to amount to? A method of converting an RSS feed to a static HTML page, shorn of its graphical elements.
That’s been around for about as long as there have been mobile devices and RSS. NewsGator’s Mobile edition does it perfectly well. AvantGo sure did it.
So what’s the big idea? I really don’t see that there is one.