inessential by Brent Simmons

Back in the old days, when I would hear that someone was writing an RSS reader, I’d worry that it was more competition.

These days when I hear that same news, I get excited. Sure, I want lots of people to use NetNewsWire — but, way more than that, I want lots of people to use RSS readers.

The more the better, since no one app is going to be the right thing for everybody.

And here’s Rob Fahrni working on a river-of-news type RSS reader for Mac and iOS. Cool!

Writing an open source app, and not having to think about making money with it, is utterly thrilling. I love this.

Among other things, it means I get to be a cheerleader for other people’s work, which is totally fun for me. Makes me happy.