Tagometers and Travesties
You know you've truly arrived in Silicon Valley when the darling new feature you just helped launch on a Web 2.0 site gets shredded in a rant by Dave Winer. :)
My day, having started with me in a foul mood, has been made. Pre-launch, the tooth marks in my tongue have gotten deep as I watch the comments pile up. It's exciting to have so many people debating something you've made. (Update: Seriously. I'm in a better mood now. It's made me laugh.)
Actually, it wasn't the feature itself that got shredded, so much as the new JSON data feed revealed before the intended star of the show made it on-stage, by way of a screencast preview on Y!DN by Matt McAlister and an amplification by Niall Kennedy.
The feed itself is mainly intended to power our new Tagometer page widget include thingy. Beyond that, leaving the feed decoupled from the include itself made sense to me, both for our own flexibility's sake and as a nod toward our mashup friends in the blogosphere and lazyweb.
You see, I like JSON. It was convenient in this use case of creating a remote blog widget fed by cross-domain sourced data. I, personally, didn't even have to reinvent anything that wasn't already implemented in assorted off-the-web tools. JSON worked for this purpose - it might not work for your purpose.
If it doesn't, please accept my insincere apology, but yours wasn't my primary goal. Attempts to string me up for this travesty will be met with giggles and pointing. (Update: I realize I'm not the to-be-strung-up party responsible for the JSON travesty - I just couldn't resist being a smart ass for its own sake. I really do giggle and point a lot. My actual apologies for that.)
It's funny, laugh.
JSON URL feed is not really an API. JSON URL feed is not a bold declaration of side-taking in the grand war of web service specifications. Do not base business models on JSON URL feed. Caution: JSON URL feed may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds or stop altogether. JSON URL feed contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at. Ingredients of JSON URL feed include an unknown glowing substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space. If JSON URL feed begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.
Do not taunt JSON URL feed.