I'm really happy with the increase in activity since releasing http://beta.friendfeed.com/ on Monday. The conversations have always been my favorite part of FriendFeed, and the new ui makes them even better.
FF, Twitter and FB, all real time flowing 'rivers of news'. We need more anchors (PAUSE button) to slow it down and make sense of it. We need dams and distributary rivers to redirect (filters and lists) and then maps and compasses to make sense of it (Analysis and Research)
I am running a private beta for a new service that lets you direct message people on FriendFeed. It's 100% opt-in and only allows messages from people you are subscribed to. If you'd like to try it out, just leave a comment here! (UPDATE: BETA OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)