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26 February 2008 @ 11am

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How I Use FriendFeed

It’s no secret that I have developed quite a liking for FriendFeed since Louis Gray pointed me towards it last December and now that the beta period is over and FriendFeed is open for everyone, I thought I would write a little companion piece to the “How I Use Twitter” post from a few weeks ago.

Like Twitter, part of what makes FriendFeed great is that different communities can use it in completely different ways. I see some people use it as Twitter replacements, some people use it just to advertise their posts, and for others, like me, it has become the standard watering hole for conversation with my ‘internet friends.’ The simplicity inherent in the idea is what ultimately allows it to be a powerful tool

If you decide to jump on the bandwagon and you want to follow me on FriendFeed, my page is here.


So here is how I try to make the best use of FriendFeed
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To me, FriendFeed is about the discussion. Don’t be shy to start commenting on posts and using the ‘like’ functions. Or maybe I’m just a sucker for positive feedback 🙂

Stick to a relatively small list of ‘friends.’

I have about 30 friends right now and I think that’s about the maximum I can handle on FriendFeed for now. Add too many friends and you can’t keep up with the conversations (just like in Twitter). If you don’t know who to subscribe to because your friends aren’t on FriendFeed (yet!), FriendFeed will happily recommend some friends with similar interests to you. It works surprisingly well.

Don’t feed everything into FriendFeed. Think about what your friends would be interested in. Maybe your family pictures on Flickr aren’t that interesting to your friends on the net. At the same time, only feeding your Twitter feed into FF isn’t that useful either.

Also, if your Friends are Twitter addicts and you just can’t keep up anymore, remember that you can mute their Twitter posts under ‘options.’ Same with any other kind of post.

Get the bookmarklet and start sharing directly on FriendFeed. If your Friends are Twitter addicts and you just can’t keep up anymore, remember that you can mute their Twitter posts under ‘options.’ Same with any other kind of post.One very cool feature: the booklet opens a small window on the page you want to share and allows you to share any image on the page by just clicking on it.

The RSS feed isn’t very useful. The content on the page is too much driven by interactivity for RSS to be a good delivery mechanism. Until there is an API and somebody writes a desktop app that automatically updates, it’s more efficient to just reload the page yourself.