Neil Turner's Blog

Blogging about technology and randomness since 2002

FriendFeed

FriendFeed is a site that I have recently registered with that makes it really easy to stalk your friends track your friends’ online activities, by aggregating data feeds from various sites into one convenient location. Here’s my FriendFeed.

As you can see, it combines posts from Twitter, photos from Flickr, entries from this blog, shared items from Google Reader, new additions to my Amazon wishlist, shared items from del.icio.us, recently scrobbled songs from last.fm and favourited videos from YouTube. It also supports another of other services which I don’t use. In other words, wherever you leave some imprint of social data, FriendFeed can take it and aggregate it into one feed.

You can then subscribe to friends’ FriendFeeds and see what they’ve been up to, and 5 of my friends have already done this. Each item can also be commented on, and you can also ‘like’ an item if you liked it.

Some of the more advanced features allow you to create ‘imaginary’ friends (this is what the feature is actually called…) which let you aggregate data belonging to a friend who isn’t yet a FriendFeed user, so it could become your only source of information for people you care about.

Certainly it’s an interesting service but I’m unsure whether I’d use it much, and ideally I’d like there to be some kind of API for the comments that could be fed back into my site, for example. Anyhow, if you happen to have an unhealthy obsession with me and want to know precisely what I’m up to on the interwebs, you can subscribe to it.

2 Comments

  1. Such aggregators are all awesome in theory, but they all end up being very messy in design due to the inherent nature of disparate content.
    Personally, I’m using soup.io and have managed to get a fairly decent looking site out of it.
    I am however a sucker for all these sorts of websites, so will probably end up getting a FriendFeed account just to see what it can do.

  2. Ooooh, 2 comments to neil’s world in one day, this hasn’t happened in a long time.
    Was going to post myself about friendfeed but couln’t be arsed.
    My theory is that a service like this could bring the end of blogs. Because when you think about it most blog posts fall into a quite specific category’s or type of content. And as more web services with semantic characteristics appear the more you’ll be likely to post to them rather than your own blog.
    And then something like friendfeed to will take over the job of your blog by bringing together your posts at these various sites into one feed for a followers convenience.