Category Archives: Friendfeed

The lock-in of Facebook takes away our freedom

Facebook is quickly becoming the biggest platform in the world. I have a serious problem with that. I don’t mind Facebook becoming a successful and profitable platform. I do mind that their current scale lets them dictate what the web … Continue reading

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Calling BS on the Real-Time Web

The tech world is full of the real-time web. Google seems to have missed it, Twitter is on top of it but sucks at indexing it, Friendfeed is the aggregation king, and Facebook might get there by copying Twitter and … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Friendfeed, Google, interaction, real-time web, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , | 19 Comments

Social Media is bound by our human limitations

The definition of Social Media according to Wikipedia is: Social media is content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. At its most basic sense, social media is a shift in how people discover, read and share … Continue reading

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Posted in Facebook, Friendfeed, Google, human behavior, social media, social networks, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

The real value of Twitter’s ‘Suggested users feature

Jason Calacanis has a long post up about the value of a Twitter suggested user. He explains that being a suggested user on Twitter is more valuable than buying a superbowl ad: Everyone loves a timely or fascinating question and, … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement, Friendfeed, Jason Calacanis, Robert Scoble, Twitter | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Status update: the future of the web is here!

/rant on I read a number of posts in the last week that seem unrelated but ended up making me think about this social media circus we are in. Unless you are deaf, blind, and have been sitting on a … Continue reading

Posted in business model, Facebook, Friendfeed, social interaction, social media, social networks, Uncategorized, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Why the real-time web isn’t important

I have been thinking a bit about this notion of a real-time web. Having access to real-time information, as soon as it is published, seems to be a possible Achilles heel for Google according to some (here and here). People … Continue reading

Posted in Friendfeed, Google, Jonathan Harris, real-time web, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

Privacy is not dead, it is distributed unevenly

A famous oneliner from the CEO of Sun, Scott McNealy, in 2001 was “Privacy is dead, get over it”. It sounds true. This generation is growing up with Google, social networking, and having all relevant data on the web. We … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Friendfeed, Google, privacy, Robert Scoble, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

On competition, web 2.0 sarcasm and watching television on Friendfeed

A few things that caught my attention this morning. First, an excellent review by Walter Mossberg on the new Google phone called G1. He describes many of its new features, strengths and weaknesses. My take on it? Competition is a … Continue reading

Posted in Android Mobile OS, business model, Facebook, Friendfeed, Google, Mobile Internet, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The idiocy of Social Media conversations

I read a post by Robert Scoble just now that made me laugh out loud. He observes that the discussions over at Friendfeed regarding the financial crisis lack depth and knowledge. In the past 18 hours I’ve read literally thousands … Continue reading

Posted in Friendfeed, Robert Scoble, social media | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Can we have more comment fragmentation please!

Comment fragmentation is a hot topic in the blogosphere right now. There are tons of discussions on it. If you search on the topic you can see that every blogger has an opinion on it. There are tons of blog … Continue reading

Posted in Disqus, fragmented comments, Friendfeed, IntenseDebate, Seesmic, social media, user centric web | Tagged , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Friendfeed may be the early adopter RSS king, but Twitter is king of 140 characters

Already in 2006 Time Magazine voted the most important person on the planet to be YOU. They were dead wrong of course. In that year it wasn’t YOU that was important, it was THEM. Them meaning all of your friends … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement trap, free business model, Friendfeed, noise, RSS, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

How User Interfaces can make or break a new service

Small Update: Just saw that Joshua Porter wrote a nice post in which he states that design (not just UI) is becoming increasingly important. Ties in nicely with this post 😉 One of the most difficult things to get right … Continue reading

Posted in Beta releases, Flock, Friendfeed, iPhone, Minggl, Twitter, UI Design, User Interface as a success factor, web 2.0, Wixi | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

What do Skype, eBay, the iPhone, Robert Scoble, Friendfeed and noise have in common?

Rolf Skyberg of eBay has an interesting post up called “Skype: proof that Voice is not the killer app”. Rolf is an excellent pattern hound and he has come with another interesting pattern after he looked at Skype. Skype was … Continue reading

Posted in eBay, Friendfeed, noise, Robert Scoble, Rolf Skyberg, Skype | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

We don’t need more information or aggregation, we need inspiration

Being able to pass relevant information from one person to another has always been part of the evolution of mankind. When there was no technology we used storytelling. People would listen to the oldest, wisest, craziest people in their community … Continue reading

Posted in Friendfeed, information overload, inspiration, search, social networks, Twitter, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Friendfeed stats show its just Twitter with bookmarks

Yesterday I looked at the latest Friendfeed stats using the nice Friendfeedstats tool build by Benjamin Golub. I looked up which feeds are aggregated most in Friendfeed in the last 30 days. In 30 days approximately 1.3 Mln items were … Continue reading

Posted in content aggregation, Friendfeed, statistics, TechMeme, Twitter | Tagged , , , , | 37 Comments

Friendfeed competes with TechMeme as a tech news aggregator

Friendfeed is on TechMeme again. This time we hear from Hugh Hutch Carpenter that some early adopters are moving towards Friendfeed now. According to Hugh Hutch people are moving away from the social services they have been using towards Friendfeed. … Continue reading

Posted in Freemium, Friendfeed, TechMeme, Technology | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

5 reasons why Facebook sucks

So Facebook allows its users to import content into their newsfeeds now? Competing with aggregators like Friendfeed? Big deal. The service is already loaded with features that provide no value, so adding a new one isn’t going to make it … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement, business model, customer lock-in, Facebook, Friendfeed, on-line advertisement, social networks | Tagged , , , , , , | 75 Comments

Statistics on Friendfeed usage provide interesting insights

A small update: I just saw a post of Justin Smith (Inside Facebook)  interviewing Bret Taylor (co-founder of Friendfeed) about the difference between the Facebook and Friendfeed newsfeed. I don’t usually add links afterwards, but this one fits really well. … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Friendfeed, social interaction, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

Why I don’t like Friendfeed as much as I wanted, it lacks intention

Webware writes about Friendfeed this morning. A quote from the article that drew my attention: The vision FriendFeed is currently a “social-network aggregator.” It picks up the stuff you do online and tells your friends about it, saving them the … Continue reading

Posted in Bret Taylor, Facebook, Friendfeed, interaction, Paul Buchheit, social network aggregator, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Friendfeed a destination site, that is soooo web 2.0!

Michael Arrington writes this morning about the fast growing aggregator service called Friendfeed. After launch, just one month ago the ex-Google founders already see a steady climb of users. Most likely because a number of power users like Robert Scoble … Continue reading

Posted in destination service, Friendfeed, Jaiku, Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble, Twitter, user centric web, web 2.0, web 3.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments