Jason Shellen, Jake Savin Join RSS Advisory Board

The RSS Advisory Board has two new members: Jason Shellen, the product manager of Google Reader and a former strategist for the company that created Blogger, and Jake Savin, the lead developer at UserLand Software.

Jason Shellen has spent three years at Google since the company acquired Blogger developer Pyra Labs.

First launched in October 2005, Google Reader is a free web-based aggregator that reads Really Simple Syndication and all of the other syndication formats, supporting item sharing, tagging, an application programming interface and other features.

Shellen's also a member of the PayPal Developers Network Advisory Board and the Social Software Alliance.

Jake Savin has developed software since 2000 for UserLand, so he's been a part of the company during the four years that it published Really Simple Syndication and helped popularize the format.

He's the cocreator of the weblog publishing tools Manila and Radio UserLand, two of the first commercial programs to support RSS, and a content management system for the publisher of MacWeek, MacWorld and MacCentral magazines.

Savin's also a professional musician who runs a mobile recording studio in Dallas that publishes some of its work as podcasts.

Welcome aboard!



Good progress on growing the RSS Board!
Google and UserLand.

Any chance Microsoft will kick in a representative... or Apple?

I can't wait to see if you have the:


to offer Sam Ruby a spot on the Board.

I personally think the guy deserves to vote on some of the issues. Anyone with a degree in Math will understand that 1 vote cannot sway the outcome of a Board with 10 or more people.

The same passsion Sam applied to creating Atom can still be leveraged to solve problems with RSS... He's got the mind for spec work. A passion for detail and the important corner cases... like Internationalization and modern data types. Mind numbing trade-offs.

Wouldn't it be nice to RSS reward effort over personality in the next phase of it's life?

Hopefully, the Big Dog will let the Board accomplish something beyond a "HelpDesk for Newbies" function.

Good luck.

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