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Thomas Hawk
10 Reasons Why You Should Sign Up for FriendFeed -
10 Reasons Why You Should Sign Up for FriendFeed
I wish there was a AIR client for FF though. - barl0w
Twhirl works well for FF and it's an AIR client. - Bob M. Montgomery from twhirl
Great article. I want to learn more about the dumping the RSS feeder part. You should share some tips with that. Good stuff. - Amani
Love seeing FF through the eyes of someone who's not a traditional techie =) - FFing Enigma
Thanks Bob! - barl0w
A big part of why I wrote this post and have it running in my number one photo spot on Flickr right now is because I want more of my photography friends to sign up for the service. I *love* seeing photos here on FriendFeed and there are so many talented photographers who are not here yet who need to be. If we can get more of them to sign up, you guys will love their work. Of course there are many great photographers already on here but still a lot more who could join. - Thomas Hawk
I had to re-share this with all my FB friends. :) - Kelly W.
Still trying to figure out this whole friendfeed experience. I've had the account for a while and see lots of my twitter friends posting via ff - Demetri Mouratis
great piece! - mashable
Hi Demetri =) Different people use FF different ways because they want to get different things out of it. What are you hoping to get out of it? - FFing Enigma
Thanks for the tip. I had FF but really never 'got' what it was for. This helped! - Molly Nichelson from twhirl
Nice post Thomas. - Paul Wade
TH - for those photographers that are not on here, I put their flickr id into my Flickr Imaginary friend and see their images that way. However, it would be nice to get more photographers on here with their reader shares and such... - Justin Korn
This is definitely the best "Why Friendfeed" post I've seen. - Nick in Manila
Justin, agreed. I have a bunch of imaginary friend accounts for Flickr/Zooomr users as well. But it is nicer when they actually have accounts here, their work can be liked and commented to the larger FF community, etc. It seems like a few new people signed up today based on this post so I'm happy for that. Thanks Nick! - Thomas Hawk
I have AlertThingy FriendFeed Edition as well as AlertThingy v2 - Outsanity
Well said, Thomas. :) - Josh Haley
Nice list of reasons, all well thought out. While I'm at it, I wanted to tell you that I really like your new blog design too. - Karoli
Do most folks use FF in Standard or Real-time view mode? - Scott Loftesness
Only ever real-time.. it sits nicely on the second monitor as a Chrome App. - Greg Gannicott
Realtime here... - Chris Gulker
Did you just reformatted your post, Thomas? It a lot easier to scan through now. - Alan Le
Alan, a lot of times I post first and edit later. I probably shouldn't do that, but yeah, after posting I broke up some of the paragraphs better, bolded a few things etc., to make it easier to read. - Thomas Hawk
That's great. Make sure to check out Windows Live Writer for formatting blog posts if you haven't already yet. By the way, I love the new blog design. It's much better than when I helped you with the html way back. - Alan Le
Y'know... I must've spent two months randomly Tweeting things like "Will someone PLEASE explain to me why I should be using FriendFeed?" ... And then two days ago I start using my account (I'd had one for a while)... and NOW someone finally makes a post outlining why I should be here. You're two days late, Mr. Hawk, two days late. :P - Lou
actually, there's no search for Russian word forms on Frf. For me that looks as if there's no search at all - orie
hmmm.. I didn't know that orie. It seems like there is a lot of international users on FF, that's surprising to me. - Thomas Hawk
I've been trying to make sense of FF for months now, but every time I come away confused. As it is I feel like I'm drowning under all the social networking sites available. I use Twitter, Plurk and Facebook the most, and I use so I only have to post status updates once. How can I integrate FF into this without making things even more confusing? - Chris Taylor
oooh! I found the zooomr version of this post with no formatting and I whined somewhere else in my FF feed. This one with all the formatting is better :D - Tamar Weinberg
I really liked how you did a post on Flicker - MaryAnn Chick Whiteside
All good reasons but #10 is my #1 reason :) - Mark Krynsky
Mark - agreed. Also, Thomas ... very nice blog. I like. - Amani
@Tamar, the unformated text was a problem on the Zooomr image. Kristopher's fixed that bug now so text in descriptions on Zooomr photos should format correctly now. - Thomas Hawk
I wasn't using FF, but signed up after your post. Now let's see if it is really so useful ;-) - Marcel Körner
@Marcel also take into consideration who you are subscribed to. Aside from maybe four on your current sub list, they are not very active at all on FF. This will affect your experience here. - Carlos Ayala
Didn't know there was a "Porn" room on FF (see screenshot)... - David Young
how did you see that they are not active on FF? - Marcel Körner
David, the "porn" room on FriendFeed isn't all that active actually. I'm not really interested in porn per se, just thought it was a good group name to claim in the great FriendFeed land group name grab of 2008. - Thomas Hawk
@Marcel by their numbers, and the fact that i know most of them and can tell you first hand that they are not. (if you hover over people's names you will see their numbers) - Carlos Ayala
still hard to beat 5 years on for speed - Thomas Power
So true Thomas: people still can't as a majority read dynamic feeds. - Zu from AOD
it gives you an easy key to the way back machine - chaz2b
Susan Beebe
I think the Google Chrome browser logo is a rip off copy of the 1970's "Simon" electronic game. What do you think?
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its pretty close. - Alfredo 亜瑠布れっど
You should send this - Mike Nayyar
guitar hero is a heavy rip off of simon says too, pretty inspirational game - Yunus Tunak
Mike - I might just do that! - Susan Beebe
The device name is not "Simon Says"...just Simon. "Simon Says" was on of the modes of play on Simon. </ComicBookGuy> - Josh Haley
That's why it looked familiar - M F
@Josh Haley - Thanks! I just corrected it... much appreciated - Susan Beebe
i remember that game. god, how i hated it. - Nathan Rein
in the other news ... ;) - A. T.
and little more chrome 80s styled :) - A. T.
I bet kids today have never seen the "Simon" electronic toy... makes me feel old! - Susan Beebe
I saw my name mentioned a few times, things ok over here? - Simon Wicks
Pft, it's obviously a pokeball - Daniel Bruce
hahaha! - Susan Beebe
omg, totally!! - Sarah Perez
I knew it reminded me of something! - Mary DeSive
since you put it that way, yeah ;) - Doug Schumacher
Lots of folks saying the Google Chrome logo "makes them want to play Simon" - LOL - Susan Beebe
to me it looks like how a non-computer-using artist type would design a trackball -- either that or they are trying to get a HAL vibe without creeping everyone out - bear (aka Mike Taylor)
Uh-oh, Google, you've been caught with your hand in the electronics bin! - MiniMage
I got my son a travel version of Simon, so there's at least one kid who's seen it. (He needs hand-eye coordination practice.) This does seem very, very similar. - Kisha from BuddyFeed
I remember it ! :-) - Roberto from fftogo
I get the Simon apps for my phones. WinMo and iPhone. - MiniMage
Not sure why I didn't mention that I still have my old Simon. - MiniMage
Kevin Fox
USAir plane lands in the Hudson River
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But I only learned about this from Thomas Hawk first because of reverse chronological posting. ;-) Had I been reading in the order posted, Kevin Fox would have been my "news source." - michael silverton
bump. - Mona Nomura
You know someone somewhere caught it on video. I expect it by this evening, as soon as they find an agent. - Kevin Fox
currently 21F in NYC. brr. - ⓞnor
Amazing rescue. Wow. - Jim Mitchem
Someone took a picture from the ferry - Mona Nomura
Is there anyway i can mark this as "i don't like this" i feel guilty marking this news as "i like this. - Adam Jackson
How about just change "Like" to "Bump"? - Roshan Vyas
Definitely feel bad about "Liking" this. Bump suggestion is good - mashable
Launched this around my office, and people are suprised about me knowing this already. - Stephen Lecheler
I think "Like" should be "highlight" instead. - Richard Lawler
Behold the power of live journalisim. Just got a huge burst of data from Scoble about the plane crash in New York. - Stephen Lecheler
That Twitpic picture made it on MSNBC and CNN wild. - Mona Nomura
suyun üzerine düşmesi büyük şans kimse ölmemiş. hatta tv den gördüm az önce bir vatandaş sevinçle çıkıyordu uçaktan. - Volkan Yılmaz
I found out about this and the Steve Jobs news via Twitter. Change is happening... - Louis Gray
Crossposted: This is "augmented social cognition" in everyday action -- moniter, moniter, signal spike, relay, relay, process, relay, react, involve, resolve, reset. Rudimentary, yes, but worthy of closer research! - michael silverton
Hudson river plane crash nyc - sources, all collection up to date, now krunch'd at - ewing2001akaNicomedy2010
Waiting at PHL for the first US Air flight I've taken in a long time. I'm glad everyone is ok. I was relieved to hear the evacuation was orderly and hope ppl take this as a reminder that once and a while you should actually read the instructions for the emergency exit. - Sarah Brinkerhoff
Michael, good point on "source" How news gets propagated from now on is going to get very interesting analytically. - Melanie Reed
The path that got me the news on this oddly was having TwitterGadget open in Gmail: CNN BreakingNews pushes it to my Desktop slightly faster than NTARC twitters it in my TwitterGadget window. I immediately tweet to my followers and then go to check FF - Melanie Reed
macro- blogsearch has in general 270 macro blogs on this story ; compared with maybe 100.000 twitters on this, extremely slow as expected ; btw, coincidence that google took down 4 of their services today??? maybe they needed new server space for * this* [did google/nasa crash the hudson plane ?? [cp 2.o theory]... more... - ewing2001akaNicomedy2010
^^^ PAGING SPAM KILLER TEAM. Thx. - Micah from YouFeed
Micah, put it in the Spam Group. - Rochelle
Dealt with. (My first thought was 'oh crap, another jet landed in the Hudson??') - Kevin Fox
Yeah, I was kind of psyched out too, Kevin. Rochelle, I'm now subscribed - thank you both. - Micah
I am from Turkey. :) - Cihan Özbek
Kevin, are you talking about the ewing2001akaNicomedy2010 account? I'm still seeing it. - Rochelle
It's not actually spam. Read the comment: it's on topic. The rest of the account isn't spammy either. - Akiva
No, we weren't talking about ewing2001. There was a spammer (username suatuigamala) leaving commentspam in the post. It's an unfortunate artifact that Micah's calling-out now points to an innocent commenter after the spam was removed. :-) - Kevin Fox
Mark Krynsky
Group shot from the LA FriendFeed Meetup
Top left to right: Amani, Mark VandenBerg, Shevonne, Me . Chillin on the sofa: Anika, Derrick & don't forget Anika's beautiful kids. - Mark Krynsky
+++++ very kool! whos the hottie in the purple?? - Carlos Ayala
yeah i said it!?!?! what! - Carlos Ayala
I was thinking the same thing, Los - Bren
Sweet! - Rodfather
That's "Shevonne" - Outsanity
OMG Amani! And Shevonne (HOTTIE)!! And Mark! And Mark!! And DERRICK!! And your GORGEOUS kids!!!!! Thanks for sharing!! *edit: Should I be scared I named you guys w/out looking at the caption? I think I have a problem... - Mona Nomura
Now I'm jealous :P - Bee
[envy] - The Fat Oracle
Thanks to Anika and her husband for hosting. We had a great time. And for the record...Derrick is everything you think he is AND a bag of chips. - Mark Krynsky
Depends on what you think he is tho... - Outsanity
Derrick's ok. Mark K. tried to get me drunk on some South African booze that was discovered by monkeys. No joke. Everyone was the bee's knees, and if you aren't following them, you should. They will enrich your FF experience. - Derrick
I was a little bummed we didn't have Mo & Morgan though but we're already talking about a 3rd meetup and I already volunteered to host it. - Mark Krynsky
This pic turned out nice. It was that camera of yours Mark. That was fun and the traffic getting there didn't even aggravate me. Derrick's ok too! LOL... ;-) - Amani
Wow! That's great! - Randy
Great, great pic! - Josh Haley
Way to go!! - tony
Oh yea and we missed Pea too! - Mark Krynsky
Thanks Anika for hosting!!! You all are super cute! - Shevonne
Oh puhleeze Shevonne. You're the one with the million dollar smile :) - Mark Krynsky
Great photo! What the hell is my boy doing? Freak! It's great to have met you all. - Anika
Superb! If only someone could sponsor a flight ticket to LA ;) - ◄ani625Ξ ಠ_ಠ
Awesome! More meetups like this please. Also, what ani625 said :-) - vijay
Love this. - felicious
Love this too - equrick from Nambu
*morning after bump* - Josh Haley
YAY!!! - FFing Enigma
that's chill. adrian didn't kick you all out? lol - Cee Bee
Shevonne and Anika look great! It sounds like you had a great time, and your home looks lovely, Anika. - RAPatton
Love it, good to see FF's meeting up irl! - Sally Church
Awwww...thanks RAP. Her home is very eclectic. I loved it! - Shevonne
Awesome pic. Wish I was there with you all. But damn, you are all sexy peeps! What's up with that? - Morgan
Morgan! We missed you but Anika's re-enactment of you ice skating at the first meetup was classic. - Mark Krynsky
Hopefully she made me look better than I actually did! - Morgan
JEALOUS!!! - Shey
Morgan, we missed you! - Anika
I'll be there at the next one fo' sho'! - Morgan
Bump for the good times. - Mark Krynsky
:) - edythe
the picture i saw is beautiful. iam new to friendfeed and wants to make friends. i have a blog on - KINGSLEY OSEVWE
Modern life for the active computer user.
Yeah, that's about right, except we need a Commute panel showing dude playing on his iPhone in the bus/train/plane. - iTad
I write software in my sleep during the busiest facets of my project; and they work in the morning - RAPatton
RAP- done that myself once or twice :) Creepy. - Roberto Bonini
Me too, but the software I write in my sleep usually just does stupid stuff that we don't really need. :) - iTad
I don't know what's freakier, the fact that you write code in your sleep or the fact that you remember it when you wake up. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I dreamed last night that I had to organize a meet up, based on #hashtags, and everyone had the wrong tags. Everyone ranting at me woke me up at 5am. - Ian May
Sad but it's true! - Dru Kelly
i was dreaming about new features in feedly last night...but they aren't there this morning. - Trent Olson
Trent: if you share with us some of those dreams, we will try to look into making them reality :-) Have a great sunday! - Edwin Khodabakchian
thanks Edwin! to be honest, they weren't very good anyway! you've already implemented my "exclude websites from using mini bar" idea, for which i'm hugely thankful... - Trent Olson
Great Joefy, that is ME! - John Stringfellow
sort of me, except my workouts 5 days a week for my chiseled body ;o) - sofarsoShawn
that is definitely me..... - cris
yup thats my life, how depressing - sean percival
Haha it's my boyfriend and his friends! - Brandy Lea
seen this before.... years ago... made me laugh then and still does..gotta admit it almost rings true! - Rob Sellen :o)
maybe that's why I wake up at 3 am. - @CrystalinaB
Searching for something has led me past this post. Was going to press the "like" button and realized I already did. So this is my second "like". - Sarah Peterman
This is definitely true for me. I sometimes think about programs I'm working on in my sleep too. - Mike Child
Mindblowing #IranElection Stats: 221,744 Tweets Per Hour at Peak [more stats and video] -
Mindblowing #IranElection Stats: 221,744 Tweets Per Hour at Peak [more stats and video]
Mindblowing #IranElection Stats: 221,744 Tweets Per Hour at Peak [more stats and video]
"The protests in Iran have only grown in size and in magnitude these last few days. Ever since the highly disputed “landslide victory” for incumbent Ahmadinejad and subsequent charges of voter fraud, Iranians have taken up their cameras, mobile phones, and computers to send Twitter updates, YouTube videos, and Flickr (Flickr) photos of the riots. While we knew that these social tools have been instrumental to the Iranian protests (so much so that the U.S. Government asked Twitter to reschedule downtime), we had no idea about the actual number of tweets sent or YouTube videos uploaded until now. Thanks to the social media trend tracker Trendrr, we can show you the sheer scale of the #IranElection crisis discussion." - Myrna from Bookmarklet
Microsoft orders third season of 'Guild' -
Wooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! Huge congrats to you and the rest of the Guild gang! - Paul Wilcox
YAY!!!!! Think they could order up your Doll House episode too? - Gunneh-MoTo Calls me that
Fantastic. Congratulations! - Jeff Harbert
Congratulations! - Tudor Bosman
Congrats! You go girl! - imabonehead
Kick ass GF FD! Happy for you to show the industry how it's done! Fun stuff too. - John McElhenney
Thanks all, I really appreciate the support, it's one of the only reasons I continue doing this stuff :) - Felicia
Congratulations! ^_^ - Andrea Nicosia
congrats!! - mashable
Thanks all! I'm so excited about it. People have a perception about MS but they have been nothing but accessable, supportive and responsive to any of our needs. Much more so than other web series creators working with standard entertainment companies. We're excited to be doing the show again (and paying people again, woot! :) ) - Felicia
So excited! You ever need volunteer gaffers/gofers/whatevers, give a holler! - Jandy
You get the copyrights for the show. You can to pay people. We can watch it for free. Not region locked. And subtitles! I <3 MS! =P - Dani Figueiredo
A big vote of confidence! I hope you were able to keep your ownership and distribution deal and able to get more $$. You deserve all the good karma from this. - David Monroe
I'm SO HAPPY! :) Can't wait for Season 3.. and my Season 2 DVD. :) - Daynah
Paul Buchheit
I'm really happy with the increase in activity since releasing on Monday. The conversations have always been my favorite part of FriendFeed, and the new ui makes them even better.
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This sounds like such a "press-approved" statement Paul ;) - Ana
Ana's comment was not "press-approved", however. - Paul Buchheit
damn. - MG Siegler
had the opposite initial impact than I imagined, perhaps the speed is what facilitates a lot more interaction to engage follow-up - Lou Paglia
Paul, there is option in old FF to import Twitter contacts & lots other options in 'Find & Invite', i dont see them in New FF. Have you removed them? - Roshan Ramachandran
Roshan: we will be adding them to the beta. - Benjamin Golub
FF如此,我很欣慰~ - 阿石
虽然新版很多功能很不错,但是新版的版面看起来没旧版的舒服 - dokie
Hoping for more buzz so it keeps comin'! Great to see so many familiar names posting again - Charlie Anzman
The new Friendfeed is pretty good. Congrats! - fbrunel
The new FF is cool. Filters are my favorite! - netvista
not actually, users just are testing this new interface before they are tired of it. keep watching. Would you like to release it again half of month later? - Aether
WOW look at that graph!! That is some serious FF lovin' traffic - wooo hoooo!!!! Congrats! The beta is a hit!!! I love it, keep up the great work guys!!! :) - Susan Beebe
I disagree... friendfeed has been so quiet lately i almost feel like.. just to get some attention!! - Rob Sellen :o)
This app rules. And moves. - Zu from AOD
Maybe what we see are the discussions of new Beta Friendfeed? :) -
The key here is the "rising" slope of the *Replies* graph after the BETA launch. While the overall offset could be due to many reasons like old users logging back in to try the beta, launch hype, Scoble etc, the flat slope of the "likes" chart and the rising slope of the "replies" chart tells me we will continue to see increased *engagement* even when the excitement has worn off. - vijay
cool - carmenlu
Congratulations! - Jeff P. Henderson
Is that the hockey stick Arrington was going on about in the Gillmor Gang discussion? - Paul Jacobson
The Beta rocks and personally I noticed I am using FF a lot more since Monday - Mathieu Ayel
superb implementation Paul can we please have stats for most LIKED content and people easy to find without having to leave the site? - Thomas Power
Thomas, I'd say those stats are fine off site and on FFholic. We have Best of so that's fine for me. - Kol Tregaskes
Initially I *hated* the redesign ... but it's grown on me quickly and I find myself being a little bit more *involved* than usual. ;) - Brandon
I'm using FF more at the moment ... but not from beta. I'm using it more because Nambu of the iPhone supports it. - Mr K
@agawley good question :) - Kemal
As someone else suggested, can you redo the graph and remove the discussions about the beta for friendfeed - LPH™ and his dog P™
good improvement. - pastas9
Could this also be interpreted to mean the new interface makes us talk more to get the same point across, i.e. behave more like we're in a chat room, exchanging "hello's" and "bye's"? The giant Gillmor Gang thread on Monday was the first time on Friendfeed I felt like saying "bye" before "leaving" the room! - Philipp Lenssen
not for me philipp, for someone w/ limited time to check in on ff i find i'm missing conversations more w/ the beta so not engaging as much - not ff's fault more an issue of my personal use case though... - mike "glemak" dunn
mike, doesn't "best of day" still work the same? That's how I'm catching this conversation. - Bruce Lewis
sure bruce that gives a good view of most popular or active conversations but the beauty of expanding lists is you can organize based on themes so the list proper give you recent and active and then when expanded you can drill down through individuals who may be less active - those are the conversations I feel I'm missing - mike "glemak" dunn
FF needs some way to communicate 'comments' other than color, because the grey (?) color denoting second tier comments is too hard to read. Don't fight your colorblind users. The mere position of second-tier comments is enough to indicate that they are comments without blending them into the background by making the font color low-contrast with the white background. Put three American guys in a room and there is a 23% chance that one of them is going to not be able to read FF because of poor font color. - A Mitchell
yes, definite improvements - keep up the GREAT work!!! - Walter Yu
Paul: Do you have that same chart with a line for the number of entries created? - Ken Sheppardson
I've noticed the increase in comments to recent posts, but I still get little or no response to comments I make to content that is even just a few days old. Are there email notifications when a thread becomes re-active or is it now all about bumping threads back to the top of the content owners stream? - karl dotter
Jeremiah Owyang
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)
Yes, we are not capable of any real and meaningful analysis at this speed. My question again: What is this teaching us about ourselves? - Melanie Reed
More like a surprise Tsunami than a river at this moment! - Josh
can you share lists and filters? I would love to take a look at those who people have created and are effective. Unless you are doing a research project and are filtering on a particular topic, you need to put some serious thought into grouping and filtering. I've had the same challenge in TweetDeck - Lou Paglia
Filters, filters, filters. :) And eventually things like APML or personal preferences. - Mike Reynolds
Sadly the filters don't screen out stuff though, they behave more like search on keywords - Sally Church
Oh, and more internet jargon, realtime2.0, micro-commenting, anchors, maps compases fart fart fart - Will Higgins™
If they don't fix this soon they're going to drive away a lot of users that already thought it was too complicated. - Jesse Stay
I'd definitely like a pause button. Don't mind the flow but if it's a long post I need a couple of seconds... - Al Stevens
absolutely agree. I appreciate the flow of information but to manage, it's critical to have the right tools. - Dave Graham
That pause button should float down the page with the stream. Agree it is needed... - Alan Edgett
I don't care about the news that talks about them. I need results from them. - charles
This is why Plurk is such a great alternative. You don't lose the thread. We often comment days or weeks later. - samccoy
Plurk has the great threaded feature but lacks the network. If the people aren't there, then the conversations aren't either. Sad reality. - Ken Burbary
But what about, like, such as, the children in Africa, who don't have maps? - Mr. Gunn
yeah, PAUSE button is good idea... when play, can use such button. - stanchu
there is a pause button on friendfeed beta as well as the very sophisticated filter - foxmachia {山石}
Sounds like nostalgia for mass media. Is this revolution circular? - John Sumser
We need to take on smaller rivers and build from there. Not everyone is ready for the Mississippi... - Bwana ☠
AJ Kohn
Best 'Social Stripe' examples?
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I'm looking for your best examples of a 'social stripe' that encourages users to bookmark, Tweet, Email, Delicious etc. (Above is from Mashable.) - AJ Kohn
This looks quite nice. Does Google's "Share" still exist? - Mitch
@Mitch - If you're referring to Google Shared Stuff, that was discontinued last month, sadly. - Tyson Key
I like this. Any chance there is a WordPress plug in that does it this way for you? - Thomas Hawk
@Thomas: Socialable has something but it's tiny and not nearly as clean, yet prominent. I'm looking for other sites with a good 'stripe' - blogs or content - so I can create one for a major health site. [edit] Check my blog for Sociable presentation - AJ Kohn
Tyson - Yeah that's the one. Did you use it much? - Mitch
@Mitch - I only ever bookmarked about 7 items with it, before they discontinued it. I think they're all archived in FriendFeed, though. - Tyson Key
I don't know why Google launched such a thing, to be perfectly honest. - Mitch
Amusingly, they're reckoning that piping items through Google Reader, or marking videos as favourites on YouTube are suitable alternatives... Wonders never cease. - Tyson Key
Their toolbar for letting you share any item in Google Reader, whether you're subscribed to the feed or not, is genius though. - Mitch
*bump* Give me your best social stripes from around the web (before the new FriendFeed UI comes out!) - AJ Kohn
Paul Buchheit
FriendFeed is designed for SERIOUS discussion only. As such, I'm going to automatically delete all "April Fools" entries, as well as any comment that lacks meaningful substance and insight.
lol, good call - Zee.
Best April Fools Joke yet! By deleting this comment, you'll only make the joke better. :) - Ray Cromwell
censorship comes to friendfeed. Nice. - Thomas Hawk
So you're going to delete all of Alex Scoble's comments? :-) - Steve Olson
O Noes! Friendfeed wil sees to eggzist! - Jim #teamFFrank
[This comment was deleted by the "April Scrooge" script] - Tony Ruscoe
Thank you, Paul. This is long overdue. - Ken Sheppardson
:D - vijay
Yeah, cause I never make any serious comments. :p - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Sounds good. Each and every post I make is of significant importance (usually related to kittens), I don't like to see it sullied by being displayed along with marriage/baby announcements and family matters. - Ted Roden
Ok, I see that Paul's accounbt is hacked too :( - directeur
The joke would be if you actually did it (if only for a day). I'd spend all day on friendfeed, and I'm sure others would too. - Ivan Kirigin
It's Alex Scoble day again? - Rodfather
HA HA HA HA HA! You rule, Paul. No really, you're in charge, right? :p - Josh Haley
No, you missed Alex Scoble day. That was last week. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Hey! That is so... oh, i've been fooled again. - James Rishabh Mishra
TedRoden: congratulations on your pregnant kitten getting married! - Jim Norris
Finally, no more LOLCATS!!!! - Gabe
what a relief. I'm going to delete my twitter account now, finally - Dave Winer
Yes Paul. They're boring. - Alp
Please will you add a "Not Serious" button to the "Comment - Like - Hide - More" tools? It could overlay a nice 'not serious' rubber stamp image over the posting. - Robin Barooah
Robin: Totally. Just reshared this to FriendFeed Feedback: - Ken Sheppardson
So, Paul, what are YOUR views of a stimulus strategy vs. a regulatory strategy? And note that Slippy is watching, so your response will have worldwide repercussions, especially in the commodities market for bacon. (I didn't say that.) - John E. Bredehoft
Slippy: Please stop reading material intended for Region Code 1. You should only be receiving Region Code 2 Internet. - Ken Sheppardson
All of those cats are secretly taking over the world. Once they have us all eating dogfood they've won. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
April Fools! - Jesse Stay
Hehe. Serious discussion!!! U joking right?? - Roberto Bonini
Based on this we may need to do a survey to see how many only want to be serious all the time! Then we can give them a "only show me serious stuff" filtering option and make everyone happy. Lol @Ken Sheppardson's Regional Internet comment. - Gail Gardner
Don't people come here for an argument? Serious abuse is down the hall. - Robin Barooah
Robin: This isn't argument. - Ken Sheppardson
Ken, that sound you hear above is a Monty Python reference whizzing by. - Mark Trapp
Ken, yes it is. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Mark: An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition. This isn't an argument. - Ken Sheppardson
Ken: No it isn't. - Mark Trapp
does that mean we cannot discuss XM radio here? or can we, since they merged? - Morgan
Mark: You have to take up a contrary position. You can't just say "No it isn't" :-P - Ken Sheppardson
Yes you can. - Jim Norris
Ken, you are so wrong. By saying "no it isn't" he took up a contrarian position. It's on like Donkey Kong! - Scoble, Alex Scoble
bring it! bring... it.... - anna sauce
"TedRoden: congratulations on your pregnant kitten getting married!" - awesome Jim!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Ok, I see that Paul's account is hacked too? :( - directeur
How come everything I've posted today has been deleted? - Louis Gray
Louis: cause Paul gave me admin rights. :-) - Robert Scoble
I think if a comment-without-substance appears, the whole entry should be deleted - Christopher Galtenberg
I think Christopher Galtenberg's comment should be deleted. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
If Paul's original message here was actually true Alex Scoble would not be allowed to exist on friendfeed. :-) - Robert Scoble
And friendfeed would not exist either. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Nice, no more, that's much better - this site improves by the day - Christopher Galtenberg
finally, being a vegetarian I'm tired of all the bacon talk that goes on here at the friendfeed - mike "glemak" dunn
OK, time to clean this up, Paul. I think comments 2, 8, 29, and 35 need to go. - Ken Sheppardson
I'd just let Eliza take over when there isn't enough seriousness and heft to the comments: - Hutch Carpenter
not just serious, but vewy, vewy sewious. - Laura Norvig
XAXAXAXA - Dobromir Hadzhiev
hehe funny - Jorg Jansen
SERIOUS - keso
AJ Kohn
Google Will Own Realtime Search by Indexing, Filtering and Ranking Tweets Better than Twitter -
Google Will Own Realtime Search by Indexing, Filtering and Ranking Tweets Better than Twitter
"The conventional thinking now is that Twitter’s search will spell trouble for Google. I believe that it will be Google that will be the first to filter tweets and deliver useful, relevant results sets. This seems so obvious yet I have not seen anyone write about it yet. Maybe the Twitterati is high on their own supply." - AJ Kohn from Bookmarklet
This is why a Twitter acquisition for Google makes sense. It will help them improve their core business: Search. Already, there's talk that regular "PageRank" (based on incoming links from other websites) is getting less relevant because lots of linking to content now happens on Twitter, instead of on blogs. - Meryn Stol
Twitter can do far more for Google than Youtube (acquired for 4 billion USD I believe) has ever could. Plus, bandwidth costs are far less. And no copyright issues. - Meryn Stol
This makes sense, although i don't see what "realtime" has to do with it. Someone will have to explain that one to me one day. - Rahsheen
Rahsheen, tweets and retweets about an article could help "rank" a new blog post in under a minute. That means Google search results about news could be really fresh. - Meryn Stol
In itself, the social graph of Twitter makes a great complement to current pagerank. People followed by - say - Tim O'Reilly are probably interesting. This is not about mere popularity, but about where the "follows" are coming from. Just like how pagerank is built. - Meryn Stol
I don't think an acquisition would happen because Google really doesn't need Twitter - nor real-time search IMO. (And there's no revenue either.) It would be a supplemental (onebox) addition to SERPs. Tweets is the crawl at the bottom of a news channel. Google solves the relevancy, authority and duplication problem already. - AJ Kohn
Can't twitter block Google's ability to generate a realtime index of tweets? They own the network after all... - Daniel J. Pritchett
AJ, people are turning to Twitter search for real-time coverage of events more and more. I believe Google wants to "own" search. They want their search box to be THE search box. And actually, I would like that too. It's in the top-right corner of my browser. I don't want another search box for Twitter there! - Meryn Stol
Daniel, that's exactly why they should buy them out. :) - Meryn Stol
I say, 1 billion. I wonder if they'd sell for that. The 500M offer from Facebook was clearly too low. - Meryn Stol
@Meryn: Does the PageRank bit make sense? A bunch of RTs with links in it is really a lot like spam. And the authority bit isn't solved there either, is it? - AJ Kohn
"A bunch of RTs with links in it is really a lot like spam." not if you consider the social graph in which all these tweets are embedded. You need to know the "authority" of each user. If - say - Tim O'Reilly tweets about something, it means something. It's not trivial. - Meryn Stol
@Meryn: I've written about the shortcomings of Twitter search. Frankly, it has very limited breadth IMO. Breaking news and maybe local make sense ... and the former is ephemeral and shouldn't disrupt long-term ranking on terms. - AJ Kohn
"shouldn't disrupt long-term ranking on terms" I wasn't saying that. I said that it could help real-time / short-term ranking. Google is behind on that now, and they can't afford to. They need to own search, almost literally. Google "equals" search. - Meryn Stol
@Meryn: Yes, but what I'm saying is that breaking news is often not really search. Think of it this way. Steve Jobs would be dead many times over if we used Tweets as the authority. Google strives for the 'best' results for a query. They don't want to have the obit for Steve Jobs as a top result. Supplemental results makes sense to me ... but paying and arm and a leg for that? I just don't see that happening. - AJ Kohn
I agree with you that Twitter search in its current iteration has many shortcomings. But that's logical, because Twitter has lousy engineers. Google has the pro's. They know search, ranking, and a bit of semantic analysis (although they're not the strongest on that). Twitter is a goldmine for a company with proper engineers - Google. - Meryn Stol
If Google doesn't go into real-time / social search, they might very well not be my search box in Firefox in 2009 or 2010 anymore. That's my point. FriendFeed search is a very strong contender as well. - Meryn Stol
@Meryn: FF search has far more interest and potential. And they already play nice with Google. [edit] And yes, Google engineers would be interesting on Twitter. Though Google is already having fun sifting through SearchWiki data. - AJ Kohn
AJ, yes, but Google could make Twitter search 10x better. That's why an acquisition makes sense. Twitter hasn't got good engineers. FriendFeed does. - Meryn Stol
Ok, it seems that we agree now, at least to some extend. :) - Meryn Stol
@Meryn: Yup :) I don't think we're that far apart actually. - AJ Kohn
How much would you pay for Twitter if you were head of Google then? My bid is 1 billion. - Meryn Stol
I still don't see the point of them buying Twitter - Rahsheen
@Meryn: Humm. Given the lack of revenue ... tops, $200MM. I get tech (which I could build anyway) and installed user base/platform - which is what I'm really paying for. - AJ Kohn
AJ, Twitter has already turned down a 500MM bid. Do you realize that? - Meryn Stol
Meryn -- what they think they are worth, what they would like to be worth and what they actually are worth are vastly different numbers I think. - Brian Sullivan
@Meryn: Oh yes, I realize that. I think they should have taken that a ran like the wind. But just because someone else was going to overpay doesn't mean I will. ;) - AJ Kohn
I think what google would be buying is access to the real-time changing social graph (when a user clicks "follow") and the "tweet-stream". Twitter's tech amounts to nothing. In perspective with Google, it's laughable. Even the small team at FF does better. - Meryn Stol
Ok. So you think they were bluffing. Ok, could be. Venture Capital is sometimes just like poker. We even have seen the bluffing around Yahoo / MSFT. - Meryn Stol
@Meryn: Yes. FF does much better. The social graph (follows) is interesting - and the Twitter version is a slice of the graph but ... it's not complete and I think it's a bit broken through gaming and other ego-driven goals. - AJ Kohn
"hrough gaming and other ego-driven goals", yeah, but so is the web. As a SEO specialist, you should know that. :) - Meryn Stol
Oh, wait, you're not an SEO specialist perse. More like an all-round marketer. Anyway, we see lots of "gaming" with blogs and such also. - Meryn Stol
@Meryn: Not really bluffing. Twitter really thinks they'll get more. So does Facebook. I just don't see it. Until they show that it is a business real business I'm not keen on buying it. YouTube was different ... a clear 'advertising within video' model was apparent. I don't see the model in Twitter. So it's just tech and users. - AJ Kohn
@Meryn: Yes, I'm an all around marketer but I do a lot in SEO. And yes, there's gaming everywhere. No doubt about that. Lots of greyhat ;) But Twitter has a whole different set that would make integrating the Twitter social graph into other social graphs difficult IMO. I find there's a greater impetus to acquire followers versus other social graphs. FF is a far more natural social graph wouldn't you say? - AJ Kohn
AJ, do you know how revenue from YouTube is doing? Personally, I think that text-ads in search results is the kind of advertising that stays around longest. People don't want to be bothered with ads when consuming content. If Youtube would go crazy with ads, it leaves them open for attack by a P2P video service (which has no hosting costs, so virtually no costs). - Meryn Stol
AJ, yes. Twitter has a very weird culture. Any "TweetRank" algorithm should compensate for the crazy strategies persued by many of the "top" Twitter users. But I think that many Google engineers would find this a very exciting intellectual challenge. Having access to "follow/unfollow" behavior (that is the log of follows/unfollows) would help greatly in seperating the wheat from the chaff. - Meryn Stol
@Meryn: Off the top of my head, no. But I know they're seeing growth at YouTube. I know YouTube is the second largest search engine if you treated it as a search engine. I know video viewing is soaring. And that studies show people are willing to sit through ads to view... more... - AJ Kohn
AJ, yes, but in the end, the question is not if the service is growing, but if it adds to the bottom-line. Owning the Youtube database (e.g. the videos) can't enhance regular Google search results as much as owning the Twitter database can. If Youtube was independent, they would naturally let their videos (keywords and such) be searchable, because they wanted their videos to show up in search. For Youtube, deep, real-time access to the database doesn't matter that much. - Meryn Stol
Well, if Google manages to turn Youtube in some kind of "TV" with regular ads, then indeed it will be gold. Yet, I think that devices like Tivo show that people really like to skip ads. - Meryn Stol
@Meryn: Oh, I'd disagree. Video is already integrated into universal search and delivers value to Google search. That *and* YouTube will make money on its own. So it's double happiness. It gives robust content for search and Google can monetize clicks on those searches. Twitter (IMO) provides less robust content and clicks on that content would have no revenue stream attached. - AJ Kohn
[BTW Meryn, I'm enjoying this debate!] - AJ Kohn
I think what matters to Google is whether they can keep being THE search box. I think that with real-time / social search coming up, Google's dominance is at stake. How much does an archive of the whole web really matter if everything is written again (in slight different form) each day? With more and more blogs, more and more twitter and FriendFeed users, THAT will be reality. - Meryn Stol
AJ. I'm enjoying myself too. :) I love how FF has accidentally turned out to be such a good platform for high-speed (and public) debate. The commenting here rocks. - Meryn Stol
@Meryn: We disagree on the value of real-time or recency as a factor in search. It's authority and trust (and accuracy) that matter so the archive *is* valuable. I will say that Google needs to ensure the algorithm can evolve and assign authority to recent sites *that merit that authority*. They've done a decent job with blogs. They may have to tinker again to integrate Tweets ... if they carry authority? But Tweets are often not target content, they're transmission or announcement of content. - AJ Kohn
"Tweets are often not target content, they're transmission or announcement of content." indeed. I think it can improve Google's current search results. And that's why Google should own that database. It's too risky to let it in the hands of someone who could seal it off. forbids crawling by search engines I believe. - Meryn Stol
Delicious lets the big four crawl most areas of the site. [edit] That's the thing. Really, Twitter should just let Google crawl it and then let the Google Algo take over - that is if Twitter can be a sustainable business. - AJ Kohn
If I were part of Google, I would find 1 billion a very good deal to be ensured of continuous and unlimited access to the "tweet stream". So Larry, Sergei, Eric, if you're reading along: That's my advice. ;) - Meryn Stol
Thomas Hawk
Wow, I just got an invite to a "Twitter" Conference. $199 for a seat at the two day event. Who would have ever thought such a thing was possible two years ago. hahahaha.
"If you haven't already started Tweeting -- or have missed the non-stop discussion in the major media -- Twitter is the wildly popular service that lets millions of users send frequent, short (140 character) updates to "followers." " - Thomas Hawk
With over six million users, a triple digit growth rate, and a robust API -- the entrepreneurial, promotional, research and product development opportunities are staggering. And it's these opportunities that have inspired us to create a two-day event dedicated to the platform. - Thomas Hawk
hahahahahahahahahahahaha. - Thomas Hawk
Seems like a bargain compared to the Web 2.0 conference I suppose. - Thomas Hawk
"By the end of the 2-day event you and 600 other conference attendees will have your own Twitter accounts with 600 friends to get you started!" - Kevin Fox
The next year the conference will have 2400 people and cost four times as much. - Kevin Fox
Once you've signed up for the conference, you should be getting an e-mail from our event sponsor Pathable inviting you to join the 140 Conference attendee private social network. You'll be able to fill in your profile, bring in your blog and Twitter feeds, and connect with other attendees before and at the event. - Thomas Hawk
sounds very very exclusive. I wonder if you get a special Twitter Conference Members Only jacket at the event? - Thomas Hawk
So true - Charlie Anzman
first Twitter on CNBC and now this. The whole world's going TWEET CRZY 8S! - Thomas Hawk
it looks like Jason Calacanis will be giving the keynote. - Thomas Hawk
PS: The early bird tickets are already selling like prom dresses in April, so be sure to snag your seat now. - Thomas Hawk
just joking about that Jason Calacanis part. - Thomas Hawk
$200 + 2-day event = 600 automatic followers? How do they enforce everyone sucker enough to attend follows everyone else? - Anika
Is there a link? - Ryan Kuder
Wow! My first Twitter conference! I cannot wait! 600 automatic followers? SWEEET! Wait... wut... no free continental breakfast? Deal breaker. - Anthony K. Valley ©
Ryan, you can register online here: - Thomas Hawk
Couldn't they just come here for free? - Derrick
Before I knock this any more, our very own fellow Friendfeeder Jeremiah Owyang ( is one of the confirmed speakers. Speakers (so far...) - Anthony K. Valley ©
Derrick: Yep! - Anthony K. Valley ©
do you think the doors at the conference will sporadically close on them? - alphaxion
Anika: I was kidding, but they could either provision all the accounts for you, or require you to give them your twitter credentials during registration. ;-) - Kevin Fox
I vote that Mona runs the break out session on drunk tweeting at the conference. - Thomas Hawk
When's the event? I say we just flashmob it. - Ken Sheppardson
Ill sit in the back and Plurk about the whole conference just to mess with everyone. - Russell Holliman
I will admit to being at least a little intrigued by day two's "how to tweet your lunch with maximum impact," session, by Jeremy Zawodny. - Thomas Hawk
@Thomas, I'm not going to drop $200 to talk about Twitter, although listening to Jeremy talk about tweeting his lunch would make it worth the money. So far, the community page shows three attendees. - Ryan Kuder
Still waiting for the Friendfeed conference. - Morton Fox
that is funny!! tweet your lunch - Nooo I don't care about your cheesy pizza! Mona idea YES! - Susan Beebe
@Russell if you Plurk the event no one will see it ;) - Jennifer Van Grove
I still plurk occasionally. Not seriously though. Usually thru my GTalk Bot. - Ian May
Tip #1 for Twitter Conference Organizers: For extra credibility, put some sort of link to a Twitter account corresponding to the event, the organizing group, or anybody at all associated with the event on the event home page. ( - Ken Sheppardson
They totally should've charged $140 for it. ;) - Chris T.
Extra? > For extra credibility , put some sort of link to a Twitter account corresponding ................ - Russellreno
Glen, it should last 140 minutes. - Rochelle
Ken: you're right, we should have made that more prominent. Instead of a regular Twitter account (honestly, we're all on twitter, and we a company account - do we need another place to repeat our updates?) we made a bot. I wrote about it here: - Jason Preston
The conference hashtag is also #140tc - but we SHOULD (and will) have it more prominently on the site (right now it's under the details tab) - and the sad truth about the community page, Ryan, is that so far everyone's been too lazy to fill in their details...sigh...time to e-mail the attendees about it again... - Jason Preston
You'll have 600 followers, but there are only 140 people at the conference? - TranceMist
Seems like it should be $140 per person. - gfurry
199? That's ridiculous. It should be called twitter for suckers conference. - Don Martelli
Compared to what other social media conferences charge, it's not the ridiculous. Which is why I go to PAX where it's $50 for three days and a lot more fun. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Just another event created to make the "experts" look like experts at something. None of those people know anything more about Twitter than anyone else here. I hope no one is dumb enough to pay for that. - Shawn Farner
And if you are interested, I'll be hosting the SMS/MMS Expo later this year. - Shawn Farner
nan palmero
great to hang out with you at SXSW! - mashable
Thanks Pete, feelings are mutual! So nice to be at your party. Pleasure meeting the sweet Tamar as well. - nan palmero
Overly Judgemental Internet Explorer 6 Splash Pages -
Overly Judgemental Internet Explorer 6 Splash Pages
Overly Judgemental Internet Explorer 6 Splash Pages
Hey, I posted this yesterday! [sulks] - Michael R. Bernstein
How about "I'm not a good enough designer to support IE6 and I don't want your business because your IT department makes you use an old browser."? - Andrew Smith
Honestly if your IT department still makes you use IE6 they will likely insist you buy the Microsoft / IBM / Oracle / etc. enterprise solution anyway, so a small web dev's unwillingness to develop for IE6 is a wash. - Daniel J. Pritchett
@Andrew it's funny. laugh. - mjc
Sorry, should have just passed on this. More designers need to read this and stop regurgitating what the cool kids say. </end rant> The Fear T-shirt thing is funny :) - Andrew Smith
Why is "Get Fucked" an insult? The proper response should be "Thanks! I'd love to." - Sprague D
Funny! - Robert Scoble
Application attitude. - Jack&Cleo
That is funny. I love the No Fear tshirt reference - Keith - @tsudo
can also read: "if your workplace or you can't or won't pony up a few hundred to buy a new computer, you shouldn't be looking to hire me in the first place". Aw, have a laugh, man! - dario
love it - sean percival
I love these splash screens. That is just so funny!!! - Ronald S
Kol Tregaskes
In light of Mashable buying Blippr, who here is on Blippr and what's your profile link? #shareit
If you are, feel free to add me here: - Kol Tregaskes
Anyone on Blippr? - Kol Tregaskes
I'm on Blippr (huge surprise there!) - Brad Brooks
Thanks, Brad. It didn't find that page. - Kol Tregaskes
heh, we were just talking about how we need to make it easier to find friends on Blippr :) - mashable
You need some contacts imports like from Twitter and FriendFeed for example. ;-) - Kol Tregaskes
What's blippr? - sofarsoShawn
A microblogging-type review site. Pretty cool, though there lots of potential there to be had. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
Slowly getting into it it's kind of interesting, and I agree that it has some potential. - Brian Tiede
why does everyone just jump on anything new? - Rob Sellen :o)
If you hook up your blippr account to Twitter, it should automatically try to find people that you know on Twitter when you go to - Chris Heald
Chris, I've seen this but it didn't find anything. But perhaps that's because there is no-one to find. If that's what it does then great, makes things a lot easier. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
No kidding us and any new web service...btw Kol I made a Room for you ONLY and a friend - sofarsoShawn
Rob, well I'm always checking new stuff out, always have done but most get discard almost immediately and rarely touch them ever again but I'm liking Blippr a lot. - Kol Tregaskes
It needs a lot of things though, such as friend and item recommendations, the status updates could be sync'ed to Twitter and/or linked up to Hellotxt/ It needs to avoid duplicates too, et al Likaholix, which the apps part seems to have done. Obviously the type of things you can review could expand to all sorts of things. And the WP plugin could be most welcome. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
I haven't tried Blippr yet, for what it's worth... - Tyson Key
Just joined it now. - Tyson Key
Post your profile link here, Tyson. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
Thank you you two. - Kol Tregaskes
Courtney Engle
Mashable Acquires Micro-Reviews Service Blippr -
@blippr & @mashable together? sounds great to me. - Courtney Engle
thanks Courtney! - mashable
6 Ways to Publish Your Own Book -
6 Ways to Publish Your Own Book
I am so excited!!!!! My guest post on Mashable is up! - Shevonne from Bookmarklet
Congratz!!! - Carlos Ayala
Thanks Carlos! :) - Shevonne
Excellent guest post. I have been looking for information pertaining to this too! - Mike Fruchter
Thanks Mike! =) - Shevonne
congratz :) - Michael W. May
I thought that name looked familiar. Very nice, Shevonne. - Steven Perez
Nice work Shevonne. Don't forget us as your legend continues to grow. ;-) - Amani
YAY! - FFing Enigma
Thanks everyone! =) - Shevonne
Congratulations! Great article - Anthony K. Valley ©
This is so relevant to me at the moment - good job! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I'm glad Higlet. =) - Shevonne
Fantastic! I saw this while browsing my RSS reader last night! - Martha
Sweet... - Rahsheen
Believe it or not I was looking for this info to pass onto my Dad thanks! - Eric - Final Countdown
Did you see that Wil Wheaton referenced this today, Shevonne? - Well done! :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
No, I didn't know that he did. I use to have such a crush on Wil when I was a kid. *blush - Shevonne
Congrats, Shevonne :) - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Thanks Kamilah! - Shevonne
There you go, Shevonne: (and yes, Wil is hawt!) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
You know I'm all for self-publishing but I'd love those who did it to put a little more effort in actually editing their work. I've read too many self published pieces of garbage i guess. It makes me VERY reserved about buying others. - Sidney
Bret Taylor
We just launched a new backend system for FriendFeed that should make things a lot faster. Let us know if you see any problems or unusual changes in your feed. Thanks!
even faster? :) - directeur
Even faster :) - Bret Taylor
is it like the backend of the new mac mini -- 80 USB ports? - MG Siegler
Increasing the number of USB ports was vital to this upgrade :) - Bret Taylor
Nice... you were doing what I was doing today... see you can make major upgrades WITHOUT down time. Nice Job FF! - Brian Roy
Ok! Being behind a proxy makes my way somehow difficult but not that bad, I'll comment on that with stats if I see changes. Thanks Bret! - Zu from AOD
I will write something up at some point in the near term. Maybe after it has been running for a couple weeks so we know it works like we think it will :) - Bret Taylor
Hopefully this helps with the lag time that I'm seeing from Twitter. I like using FF as a Twitter client; it's been tough lately with tweets taking over a half hour to get here. Nonetheless, well-done, guys. :) - Jared Smith
faster in what respect Bret? - Zee.
Sweet bejeesus, you guys rock! I like new features without taking down the whole site. This is efficiency baby. - Scott Jarkoff
Zee: loading your home feed, especially if you have many subscriptions, will be a lot faster. In general, viewing feeds with lots of people in them is much faster. - Bret Taylor
Bret, what about the RSS machinery? Will it fetch more feeds more often? - directeur
That is somewhat independent of this change, directeur. However, it should improve feed publishing a bit over the course of the next fews weeks as we completely decommission the old system - it will improve some aspects of our publishing throughput. However, most of the feed fetching improvements are coming as sites like BrightKite and adopt SUP (http://simpleupdateprotocol.go...) - Bret Taylor
one of the reasons I use ff so much is that I can often open a new tab, load friend feed, and read a couple of entries in the time it takes for some other site to load; nice to see that speed remains a priority :-) - Karl Rosaen
Thanks for the details Bret, I like the SUP concept and I actually use it on my Jazz blog and on SocialWhois too :) - directeur
Bret great to hear:) Keep up the great work. - Rob Cairns
Fast is better than slow, after all :) - Joel Webber
Bret - good stuff. Any effect on the delayed Twitter feeds? Or is that out of FriendFeed's hands? - Hutch Carpenter
Yeah, we need way more USB ports! LOL :) - Susan Beebe
i have not found FF faster at China - 阿石
It was quite fast to start off with, didn't notice any big differences. (Good nor bad) - Umit Namli
2Bret: According to Alexa traffic graph, FF doubled its traffic in this week. Is it real and if its real what was the reason for that? If its not confidential, May be you can share with us :) - Ömer Faruk Kurt
Ömer: Alexa is like a Ford T, it's a bit old. Don't know what to make of that service. - Umit Namli
Damn, now it's _too_ fast. - Robert Konigsberg
Now FF is so fast I'm seeing posts from next friday. - dario
FF is Fantastic. - Russellreno
♥FF! - Mattb4rd
I still seem to get the FF is unavailable screen quite a bit. I'd say about 50% of the time when trying to do searches, filter by service (especially FF itself) or look at best of day. Usually after getting the unavailable screen if I refresh one to five more time eventually the page loads. Annoying though. - Thomas Hawk
What? was FF slow?? - Andru Edwards
Thomas: yah, your account has been a stress test for our system for a variety of reasons. We hope to make progress on the Best of Day and search ASAP, and I will let you know. Sorry for the trouble. - Bret Taylor
w00t! - mike fabio from twhirl
Great work. I second the fact that it is only second to Google homepage in load-time - Varun Mahajan
Very cool, kudos! - Dave Martin
Woo-hoo! - Joey Gibson
@Bret: is this update related to the stuff mentioned in your 'Schema-less MySQL' post? - MikeAmundsen
Mike: yes, the new backend uses the approach described in the schema-less MySQL post - Benjamin Golub
Woot! (Does that explain my excitement well?) - Danielle Closs
Friendfeed gets fast, Twitter gets slow; all on the same day. - Eric - Final Countdown
really? dosen't feel any differences. - Lira.H.C
Startup Schwag shirt this month - 12 seconds.
Startup Schwag shirt this month - 12 seconds.
Yea for 12seconds - scruz geeks par excellence :) - Nadine Schaeffer
Nice. They are local to me. I should stop by and grab a shirt :) - Rodfather
sweet! - mashable
Awesome, I love what they are doing - I'm in Santa Cruz, too, Rod! I need to force myself to get comfortable on camera so I can participate. - Laura Norvig
How is beach feeling? Go! - Scott Moskowitz
Chris Saad
I used to think having all the answers was 'smart' - now I am learning that asking the right questions is much smarter
Asking the right people is key - Susan Beebe
Loic Le Meur
those automated "thank you for following me" responders sending DMs are terrible if you use them you should turn them off. Not authentic.
Thank you for posting this tweet that automatically feeds into FriendFeed. - Andrew Trinh from BuddyFeed
I just got one DM where the guy was pitching his services. Turn off! - Shevonne
You know you can opt out -- especially tweetlater. Opt out of that one and you're set - Antonio Altamirano
yeah - the auto dms are getting really old really quick. Uhg. - Tony from twhirl
Agreed, 100% - Rubin Sfadj
Much ado of nothing. - Cole Jolley
Agree with you, automated thank you DMs are a bit annoying. :-( - Kol Tregaskes
I have read so many arguments both for and against this. Are you not sending an email autoresponder to email newsleter registrants? I think you can perceive it as negative if you are so inclined. I also think you can see it as a gesture of generosity or reaching out that couldn't possibly be done manually. You can always follow up again for a deeper connection. - Jeff Marmins
There are arguments for this? - Hutch Carpenter
Loic, you can opt out at SocialToo - get an account, check the box, no Twitter password needed. (if you provide your password we'll opt you out of Tweetlater as well) - Jesse Stay
Bret Taylor
Very gradual change we can can believe in -
Very gradual change we can can believe in
L O L - Josh Haley
hahahah! - Susan Beebe
big thumbs up - MikeAmundsen
Hilarious! - Chieze Okoye
Haha that's great...I don't believe in either change though :/ - Jonathan Brown
Love! - Rob Schonberger
Hilarious ... especially under any change management aspects - joergkurtwegner
Excellent! :-) - Kol Tregaskes
Don't be ridiculous - it's an ox cart, not a chariot. - Hayes Haugen
This is HYSTERICAL!!!! - Patricia F. Anderson
err neither. The world is a slightly convex disc resting on the back of four elephants, which stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin - Deepak Singh
wow, so rational. - anna sauce
Yeah - I purchased that specific shirt when someone tweeted it yesterday. It's fabulous! - Daniel Brown
@deepak Elephants? I thought it was a turtle? Oops, sry, wrong continent... - Jim Hardy
They need to sell these as embroidery files that can be stitched onto the academicals or stole. - Jim Hardy
Paul Buchheit
Official Gmail Blog: New in Labs: Add your location to your signature -
Official Gmail Blog: New in Labs: Add your location to your signature
"To try it, turn on Location in Signature from the Labs tab under Settings, then go to your signature preferences and check the box next to "Append your location to the signature." It'll use your public IP address to determine your location, so it may not always be that accurate. For example, if you're at Heathrow airport, IP detection may put you in Germany. If you want more accurate location detection, make sure your browser has a version of Gears that supports the location module. That way, Gears can make use of wi-fi access point signals to recognize that you're actually in London." - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
This is pretty cool. I had wanted to add a feature to Gmail that would instead show the location of the people sending you email by geo-locating the source-IP in the "Received" headers (most non-Gmail services expose your computer's IP address). - Paul Buchheit
Doesn't seem to be working well in Linux and Comcast. Thinks I am in Sacramento not Los Altos. :-( Linux deperately needs better location based services. - Zaki Manian
I don't get why it's not using Google Latitude. If I manually set my location in Latitude, I don't want Gmail to say I'm somewhere completely different. - Tony Ruscoe from fftogo
Maybe it was developed before Latitude and the teams didn't coordinate. - Ionut
@Ionut It's a Gmail Labs feature. That usually means it was done by one engineer in his/her 20% time rather than by a 'team.' - Adewale Oshineye
will be good to have the location in my GTalk Resource JID part. - Stoyan Zhekov
Will this work on the iPhone???? - Roberto Bonini
Roberto, I think Gmail Labs features are powered from the front-end, so it would only work on the iPhone if you could use the full Gmail AJAX interface (which I don't think is possible). - Tony Ruscoe
looks like that <s>developer</s> technical writer behind this feature wave us *hello* -- see that _second_ picture with typed text "Mishutka von Wald" ? that's аllusion on - A. T.
It seems not to work perfect in China. Maybe the ip library of China is not quite correct. - nAODI (ANNDI)
I'm impressed by all the recent Gmail updates. Make me want to abandon for good. - Sebastian
neat stuff but it makes me wonder if it's good thing for people to know where you are though... - Ridzuan Ashim from twhirl
So when is gmail going to get HTML-enabled signatures (without using an extension)? - Jandy
to Paul: do you still receive e-mail from providers other than gmail? :) - Ihar Mahaniok
+1 Jandy Please. HTML already. I don't give a crap where you are emailing me from. - Sarah Perez
Silpol you win, finally someone got the reference to the bear Mishutka :) - xyz
Kol Tregaskes
Poor kitten. - Kol Tregaskes
Poor wittle kitten. - Roberto Bonini
I hide like 99% of LOLcats stuff, but this one is a keeper. - Derrick
That's a Russian, I believe - awesome LOLcat - Aaman (Clone of FF)
Derrick, how could you - Dobromir Hadzhiev
ha, Derrick. I'm the same way, but I'm liking this one. cute. - Anika
Glad you like this one, Derrick. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
Aaw - Tyson Key
Kitty hug? - Tyson Key
cuuuute! <3 - natadd from twhirl
Yes very. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
Mattie Kenny
Christian Bale takes David to the Dentist (Mash-Up) -
Christian Bale takes David to the Dentist (Mash-Up)
This is hilarious! - Jeff P. Henderson
HAHAHAHH! - Just Mrs. V
:) - "Joey"
That was friggin swell! - Gordon Swaby
"We are well-liked by Black people so we're psyched (since lots of Black people don't like lots of White people)!! We thought it'd be cool to honor our exceptional status with a ROCKIN' domain name and a killer website!!" - Derrick from Bookmarklet
Um...there's at least one who doesn't. - Derrick
I need to send this to Monique, to get her take on it. I'm gonna go out on a limb and assumet a healthy set of bitchlips will ensue. - Derrick
yeah, never liked that site - Shey
Man, that site registered in 2001 and I daresay they've had those same pics up all the while. - Daniel J. Pritchett
Yes, it hasn't been updated in years and I haven't visited the site since'04. I love it, only because in online discussions about race, there's sometimes that one person who says the most offensive things & then much later says, "My best friend of 20 years is black." So, I usually reply, "Oh I get it." and link to this site. - Anika
Satire that isn't funny. - cjmart
Why the hell haven't I seen this til now??? But yeah, tres stupid. - Derrick
I get the satire, but I can't say I like it. If it helps someone to understand that what he/she is saying/thinking/doing is stupid, then cool. As for me, when I was a kid, I used to love touching my platinum blonde classmate's hair. I couldn't understand why it bugged her. I'm not going to say I needed that site to make me think about it, but some people might. Just one example. - MiniMage
3 or 4 years ago, on DailyKos and Jack & Jill Politics, we had discussions on this site. It was interesting because a lot of us (educated black people) had been in that situation of being put on display by a "well-meaning" white person who wanted to show how hip they were. The discussions on both sites were interesting. On DK, people were offended by those of us who linked them to the site. At JJP, most people thought it was hilarious. - Anika
I agree, this is a satire its not funny at all... - Moses Kpetigo
i still like Chris Rock's bit from his last HBO special, i'm paraphrasing, but it went something like: "oh i love it, love it! black and white people together, being friends. all of my black friends have lots and lots of white friends. all of my white friends have ONE black friend. me." .LOLz - .LAG liked that
I don't see how this isn't funny or at least that wasn't so many years ago when it went up, unless you've actually said something like "but I have black friends" and expected the person you're talking to to do anything other than laugh in your face. - Richard Lawler
+++Richard. - Anika
I've always thought that the intention behind this site was very funny but the execution was a little off. In more capable hands, it could've been classic comedy. - Akiva
I don't really see how, unlike mark's statement indicates, it lampoons mostly true stereotypes. that's a satire win to me. The site could use some web 2.0 polish, but as old as it is i don't see it changing. - Richard Lawler
Bret Taylor
FriendFeed Blog: - Now available at https:// -
I travel a lot, but never want to be too far from FriendFeed. So, for those of you who want a little extra security and privacy, especially while abroad, now there's - Bret Taylor from Bookmarklet
Thanks FF team! :) - AJ Batac
Cool, nice to know that the option's available. - Tyson Key
Ace! :-) - Kol Tregaskes
SOX folks will love that... :) - Susan Beebe
We need it, then you give it to us. Awesome! - Lizunlong
If there is something like http[s]:// available, that would be REALLY awesome. But does Amazon AWS support https? - Lizunlong
I like this! - Jeroen De Miranda
Carter ♥ JS
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)
Sounds great! Please lemme try it :-) - natadd from twhirl
Natadd, you've been invited! Please poke around the room and let me know what you think! - Carter ♥ JS
Would it possible to get an invitation too? i'm very curious about the way to distribute your service.. thanks in advance - duprat julien
Invite! .. please... - ɯɥøq sɐɯoɥʇ
Sounds like an awesome idea, well the idea has been around for a while but you've got it implemented! - Andrew Trinh
Carter, I've been the 1st (?) to test this and like the idea a lot! Shouldn't we work together on you know what? :) - directeur
duprat/Thomas/Andrew you've been invited to the beta room. Poke around and please let me know what you think! - Carter ♥ JS
I'm interested - Burak "cyrus" Bayburtlu
cool! - Josh Haley
I'm in! invite please :) - Shey
Oh, ok... lemme in please! =) - FFing Enigma
i'm in - Marcos Marado
How about me? - MiniMage
I don't want to be left alone outside. It's dark and scary out here. Let me in please! :) - Jason Shultz from twhirl
Hey everyone, NO NEED to leave your email in the comments! I'll invite you to the private beta room, where you'll find instructions to sign-up. Burak/Josh/Shey/Tina/Marcos, you're invited! - Carter ♥ JS
Thanks Carter =) - FFing Enigma
LOVE the idea! - Marco(aureliusmaximus)
that looks like a GREAT idea! - Iain Baker
Yes please - Christian Burns
Carmen/Christian - you've been invited! - Carter ♥ JS
Yeaah - Simto Alev
Simto, invitation sent! - Carter ♥ JS
I'll try it, especially since it looks like you've already signed me up! :-) - Robert Scoble
Thanks Carter - Simto Alev
Sounds great, I'm interested! May I get an invite? - Phoenix
Only Robert can sense a mention of his name when it's embedded in an un-searchable image file. :) You're invited, sir. Please don't break my site. - Carter ♥ JS
oh me me me me me - Erin @queenofspain
Oooh, that looks great! Me too, please. - Jandy
that s pretty cool - Ouriel Ohayon
wanna give it a shot. - Özer (Wrzl) Dölekoğlu
looks cool. sign-me up. - Arvind Raman
Interesting... I'd like to try it out please - AJ Batac
I'd like to try it, thanks - Cecyl Hobbs
Thanks. I'd love to try it. - kbourke
I'm interested, thanks. - Hao Chen
Yes, and thanks for another cool Carter tool! - Flavio
I'm interested. Thanks! - Shevonne
OMG, Please add me. - Anika
Phoenix/Erin/Ozer/Chris/Arvind/AJ/Cecyl/kbourke - invited! - Carter ♥ JS
This looks awesome, would definitely like to try it out. - Daniel Rowley
I'll try it out! - Paul Jacobson from twhirl
I'd like to try it out, Carter! Thanks. Hm, I think I may already be invited actually. - Phil Glockner
Please add me to this beta. Thanks. - Patrick Driscoll from twhirl
Meric/Hao/flapic/Helen/Lindsey/Shevonne/Anika/Daniel/Paul - invited! - Carter ♥ JS
I'd like to try it, thanks - Ivan Pope from twhirl
I would like to try as well, please. - Lindsay
what? Robert doesn't like DMs on twitter, but is trying this? eheh.. -- Anyway, I like DMs, so let me in, please :) - Markingegno - Donato
oo, DM in Friendfeed! Me likey! - dario
I would like to try it too. Thanks. - Smeerch
i'm interested. thanks :) - Ale♪nastrorosa
ME WANTS :D - zio bodhisattva
+1! - Andre
i'm in! - Alessandro
I am getting an error when trying it. - Robert Scoble
Does Robert have too many subscriptions? :P - Hao Chen
oooh I want in please! - embee
Sign me up! - Steven Perez
Well now, sounds kinda interesting. *raises his hand and nods head* - ImJustCreative from twhirl
Me too! Thx. - Lizunlong
Can I try it? - Tyson Key
i would love to try it out. thanks! - Rachel Baker
Yes, Please. - Micah
OK. I'll try almost anything once. :) - Ian May
Please sign me up.. - Atul Arora
hook me up! :) - (jeff)isageek
me too - ahmet bulent
Seems interesting. Having tried it, am I supposed to receive some sort of confirmation in my feed that I've sent a SocialMail message? - Tyson Key
Want to try :) - AlpB.
I'd like to try it. :) - onurc
Yes please - Robert Couture
Ok, I've sent invitations to everyone up to Robert Couture. - Carter ♥ JS
Ok, you're in Mark. I've CLOSED the beta (for now). Need to work through all the great suggestions and fix the bugs. Thanks for everyone's patience! - Carter ♥ JS
Please add me to the waiting list. - Dave Gambrill
Please waitlist me, Carter. Thank you! - Melanie Reed
Really like this initiative. Carter, I hope your company gets acquired by Friendfeed. ;) - Meryn Stol
I am interested as well. - Amani
yes please :) - Jay
Darn it, I'd love to have a go at that, Carter. - Kol Tregaskes
I'd like to get in on that. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Was thinking about a service like this the other day. Thanks. - Roberto Bonini
now thats what i say would be great, boo hoo beta closed? only looks like 200 peeps roughly, lv a small beta fish wanting to be larger - JuneM
need an invite - Alfredo 亜瑠布れっど
Just a suggestion - DMs should only be enabled if it's a 2-way subscription. If they follow you, you follow them, then they unfollow, you can no longer dm them. IMO if that happens, neither should they. - Jesse Stay
Count me in as well. - Mike Fruchter
I'd be interested to try this.. - noname
Dangit! Well, when you open it again...! - Bec Rowe @d0tski
I'll be sure not to miss it when you open it again. - Amit Morson
oh that's high on my wishlist - Dobromir Hadzhiev
Ok, additional invitations have been sent out. Once we've worked the kinks out, I'll open this up to everyone! - Carter ♥ JS
pls sign me up - atul abraham from twhirl
ie. pls add me to wait list, many thnx in advance. - atul abraham from twhirl
Robert Scoble
Friendfeeders: did you notice that Microsoft's Channel 9 website has friendfeed icons? More on that here:
very forward thinking of them - Zee.
Jeff Sandquist showed me lots of new stuff he's doing to keep his teams involved in Twitter, Facebook, and friendfeed worlds. I'll try to get a video up that I did with him, but gotta run to the airport in 30 minutes. Might be later tonight. - Robert Scoble
Nice. - David Wilson
Works better than the submit to digg ones ive tried to use. - Simon Wicks
Would love to see the Tips Robert!!! - Eric Gehler
All the PDC videos have them too. He told me to watch the Windows 7 keynote here: - Robert Scoble
For me, channel9 got very boring after you left Robert. Wonder if it has changed? - James Beake
James: I think Microsoft got boring. Windows 7makes it a little more interesting. - Robert Scoble
I've just noticed now. - Tyson Key
Here's my feedback. - Alan Le
no kidding, wow - Susan Beebe
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