Well, along the lines of both my conference topic of managing your identity in social networks, and revealing the contents of my 2.0 sandbox, here are my initial thoughts on FriendFeed. So the way it works–you can set up an account for yourself by putting all your personal RSS feeds in it. I’ve put all of my work-related RSS streams in it–from Google Reader, this blog, another blog, Twitter, Flickr, LibraryThing, etc. And after I’d done it, I liked the idea of being able to see everything I was doing. But, as with most things, I didn’t really get it right away…
Until I read Steve Rubel’s blog today, I didn’t realize that you could subscribe to other people’s “lifestreams”… Instead of reading Steve Rubel’s blog, he suggested that we just subscribe to his FriendFeed. Wow. You can subscribe to someone’s FriendFeed and follow everything they are doing on the web–their twitter, their blog, their del.icio.us bookmarks, items they’ve shared on Google Reader, articles they “digg”, books they add to LibraryThing, YouTube videos they upload or comment on, etc. Of course, it would have to be someone pretty interesting to want to know all of that about them. Like maybe your best friend. Or Steve Rubel, who is certain that FriendFeed will “Change Journalism, PR and Marketing.” Over the next several days he’s going to discuss his ideas about how FriendFeed offers an alternative way to get information from a trusted source–potentially replacing traditional news venues, etc.
You can also create “rooms” where folks of like interest share info about specific topics. A great one (especially for this blog!) is the FriendFeed Newsroom, where I discovered a way to get FriendFeed on your mobile device at FF-to-Go. (I’ve finally gotten a smartphone–though not the new iPhone 3G, which I may be regretting…)
So, I’ve got a FriendFeed, and you can follow it.
I’m not promising anything earth-shattering…I’m just playing in my sandbox for now. Looking for library applications…maybe a creating an “imaginary friend” feed for a subject librarian???
originally posted June 11, 2008.