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Stephen Mack
#saturdayff I was in Journalism in high school, and it was pretty much wild west. This was 1985, my senior year, and we'd type up the stories in some crazy word processor on Apple IIs, save them to floppy and print them out on our dot matrix printers to edit them, then use the floppies on an Apple III to send the stories to a typesetter that
was the size of a small room. - Stephen Mack
Photographs were developed in a dark room. We'd half tone them, crop with a paper cutter, run them through a machine that added sticky lines to the back, and then lay out the typeset copy and photos by hand. - Stephen Mack
Being high school students, we'd basically leave most of the work until the last night. And then a couple of dozen of us would stay up until 11pm or midnight to finish. The editor and his girlfriend, Bill and Karen, would drive the proofs over to the printer in San Jose (which was owned by Last Gasp Publishing, an interesting company with a 40 year history as a printer and publisher, well known for several underground comics they distributed). - Stephen Mack
Each year, the last issue of the year was our biggest issue. We'd run advertisements from parents to congratulate their students who were graduating, and students would take out ads to send messages to each other. In addition to whatever stories we had on graduation or summarizing the year, there were other silly traditions, like seniors writing "wills" to leave behind things for the juniors and sophomores and freshman. Laying out that final edition was a huge amount of work. - Stephen Mack
Earlier that year, the movie Terminator had come out. Many of the seniors were really taken by the movie, and in order to take up space and make the layout easier, we'd add in a LOT of ads last-minute written by the people working late on the paper. Some of these last minute ads were just Terminator quotes. - Stephen Mack
One guy, a friend of mine, George J., printed out one that said, "YOU'RE TERMINATED FUCKER." And pasted it on. - Stephen Mack
We debated it internally, because we felt it might be a bit too much. - Stephen Mack
We'd crossed the line several times earlier in the year. We were given a great deal of autonomy. I'd been on the journalism team for three years, each time with a different teacher. And each time the teacher really didn't get involved that much in the actual layout of the paper. They'd give us guidance, grade us, give lectures on journalism and help us assign stories, but 99% of the content and editing -- and certainly all of the late night layout work -- was up to us. - Stephen Mack
George had run an interview with a local artist mid-year that had included the word "shit." Bill, the editor, didn't want to replace it with "s--t" or change it to "crap" or otherwise adulterate it. So despite some (including the teacher, I believe named Mr. Penner that year) editing it, last minute Bill had put "shit" back in the paper and ran it. - Stephen Mack
He got in pretty big trouble with the superintendent, but he was an articulate defender of his decision, and threatened to bring in lawyers to defend his free speech rights. There had been some interesting precedents set in the '80s about high school papers and the first amendment, so at that time the pendulum looked like it was swinging Bill's way, so the administration backed down. - Stephen Mack
(It also helped that the art teacher wrote a letter to the editor supporting the language and calling it a huge milestone in journalistic integrity.) - Stephen Mack
But even Bill felt that "YOU'RE TERMINATED FUCKER" might have been too far over the line. So he and George and several others of us that night settled on "YOU'RE TERMINATED F----R" instead. - Stephen Mack
As it happened, someone changed the page order last minute, and something quite unfortunate occurred, which we didn't notice: The ad fell next to an "In Memoriam" article, about every faculty member, school worker, and student who had passed away that year. - Stephen Mack
I'll digress here about my friend Jim Silberman. Jim was one of the most vivid personalities I have ever met. I'd been close friends with him in 7th and 8th grade, and hung out with him a lot in high school, although we'd drifted apart by our senior year. He was wiry, red-headed, freckled, a geek's geek who could converse about any science fiction author you'd name, athletic, creative, hilarious, and on top of all that, he was an excellent actor -- a natural performer. - Stephen Mack
He would take part in the school plays and variety shows each year, and he always was the most charismatic person on stage. - Stephen Mack
Early in our senior year, while going for a run, Jim had a heart attack and passed away. He'd had an undiagnosed heart condition, and it killed him. - Stephen Mack
I remember his funeral vividly. - Stephen Mack
In particular, I remember our honors English teacher, Mr. Johsens (a tall and imposing man, a strict but gifted teacher), completely lose it at the church, his sobs the loudest I'd ever heard in my life. When I gave him a hug after the service, his grip was iron. - Stephen Mack
George's "YOU'RE TERMINATED F----R" ad was now on the page directly opposite Jim's picture. And no one had noticed. - Stephen Mack
We didn't finish up that deadline night until maybe 2am. Bill drove over the paper to the printer as usual (they knew we were always late), and most of us spent a few more hours at Denney's before catching an hour or two of rest before our senior ditch day trip to Santa Cruz scheduled for the next afternoon after a minimum day. - Stephen Mack
When we came in the next morning, and grabbed the papers from our Journalism class to distribute around the school, we saw Mr. Penner. He didn't say a word. - Stephen Mack
And in fact, he had no words for any of us that day, or for the rest of the week. - Stephen Mack
He had picked up the paper at 6am, and seen what we did. He had then taken a black felt marker and heavily crossed out the "YOU'RE TERMINATED F----R" ad so that it was illegible. And he'd done this by hand, for each of the 1200 or so copies of the newspaper. - Stephen Mack
I honestly can't remember feeling as much shame as what I felt that morning. I don't even know if I (or if any of us) apologized or thanked him for what he'd done. We just realized we'd fucked up, and we thought about it for all that day in school and later on the rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. - Stephen Mack
If you're still out there, Mr. Penner: Thank you. And we're sorry. We were a bunch of entitled, privileged, foolish high school kids. We should have known better. - Stephen Mack
Jim, RIP. I think about you often. - Stephen Mack
(Disclaimer: The above happened 30 years ago. My memory is not totally reliable. I may be conflating or confusing some names and dates and the order of events. But I think it's more or less accurate.) - Stephen Mack
Our typesetter was a senior named Dave Borrison, and he was one of only two people who knew how to work the beast of a typesetting machine. There was a note from the year before, from then-editor Karen, listing a style guide that she had wanted each story to end with a symbol that was similar to "ᴥ." We never ended our stories that way. Dave had scrawled a line on the style guide note that said, "great idea maybe next year" and we went on typesetting things without that symbol. - Stephen Mack
I am not sure why this high school memory came to me, but with FriendFeed passing away in 11 days, I am pretty sure my last post here will be, "YOU'RE TERMINATED F----R." - Stephen Mack
ᴥ - Stephen Mack
Thanks for sharing and for keeping the #SaturdayFF tradition alive, Stephen! - Louis Gray
Louis, thanks for starting this tradition. It has grown to mean a lot to me. - Stephen Mack
Hopefully you will continue to post these on frenf.it, Stephen. - Stephan Planken
I'm certain I will, Stephan. - Stephen Mack
I love your stories, Stephen. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Aww, thanks, Jenny. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I like these posts about the early days of computing. I was four years old when you were doing this. - Richard A.
WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Google +1 is an interesting concept, but it might take a while for everyone to get it.
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Did you read the "making bombs at home" post? First result. :) - Louis Gray
That's what made me post this :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
And by writing that post you made sure that all manner of persons visit :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
...awww - now I wish you had kept up sharing of your music listening on your posts. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
It was a feature tied into RapidWeaver which I used from 2006-07. - Louis Gray
seems that the search term does not bring your blog up as #1 result .. it changed !! - Peter Dawson
Shocker. In five years. :) - Louis Gray
And now...? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I still don't make bombs at home. - Louis Gray from Android
WoH: Professor MOTHRA
We'll discuss it here: - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
But Digg isn't new or shiny enough to satisfy. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
WorldofHiglet, you mean we'll discuss it on Friendfeed? - Andy Bakun
I LOLed at "Well, Robert, no civilization likes to be raided by Mongols." - Victor Ganata
I once suggested that FriendFeed was a possible future of blogging. Nice to know Air is human... - Johnny from iPhone
FriendFeed could never be a true blogging platform due to the character count restriction. - Akiva
what do you mean, character count restr - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Sure friendfeed can be used to blog: the post is the teaser, the first comment is the body ("more after the jump" (I hate calling it "the jump", especially when it doesn't conditionally appear if I'm actually viewing it on the blog's site)) ;) - Andy Bakun
This is what Robert used to do, of course. He got distracted, though, by the - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Well, Robert could only put photos into the post, not into comments. And friendfeed limits name dropping to two per post also. - Andy Bakun
I thought it worked well for short ideas. - Eric - Final Countdown
This is exactly how I use friendfeed. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Andy, that's just a hack, though. Having to claim the first few comments by quickly putting in dashes or whatever is just dumb. - Akiva
I never suggested that. People would know that comments other than the poster's were not continuations. And you could always just delete other people's comments if you were anal. Or you could compose somewhere else and paste it all in and beat these other commenters. That being said, FF is not a blogging platform, and I wouldn't really read a blog that was "hosted" here. This isn't the right kind of platform for long form anyway. - Andy Bakun
It's still all a hack. - Akiva
It's one way of using the tools. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
You can try pounding nails with a screwdriver, sure. - Akiva
But to get it back on Scoble/Quora, when all you have is blog posts, you want everything to look like a blog platform, right? - Andy Bakun
No, when all you peddle are the new shinies, you want everything to look like a new shiny. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
If we were starting a new shiny, by what would we know we were about to fly to the moon in terms of users? And how long should we expect to wait before being dropped like a fourth-choice prom date? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
we'll all have a whale of a time? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I'm dropping science like I'm Louis Gray, yo!
I love this pic. :) - Louis Gray
double *bitchlips* - BEX
Louis is taller than me? *cries* - Derrick
No Derrick, you were just slouching. Plus Louis had on shoes with thick soles. - FFing Enigma
Tina, it's like you TOOK the picture!! - Derrick
I was standing on a Derrick's left foot. He has big feet, gentlemen... - Louis Gray
1UP Louis - Derrick
my contribution to the louis gray meme: http://i43.tinypic.com/mj93qs... - Adam Singer
awesome Adam! - BEX
*fist bump* Adam - Derrick
Derrick wins the Moment of Win once again - Josh Haley
I wanan meet Louissss lol - Gordon Swaby
Dropping science? Not coolz - orionstarr
bump. - mjc
Bump for the good times. - Mark Krynsky
awww, this pic was taken right after I met Derrick <3 - Tamara, #TeamMarina
What is this, memory lane? :) - Louis Gray
I took this picture. I have an uncanny method for extracting bitchlips. - Mark Krynsky
:) - edythe
*bump* - Derrick
We should retake this in Nawlins. - Louis Gray
Co-sign. - Derrick
Make it so. - Micah
I think Louis Gray has better bitchlips than Robert Scoble. http://ff.im/p9MCJ - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
This make me happy and sad. Great to see you, guys! But sad for FFundercats and FF... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
This is Derrick's oldest and most favoritest shirt. - Louis Gray
Still a MOW. - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
Indeed it is. I love this shirt. - Derrick
Meanwhile, I have probably never worn that shirt since. Ugh. - Louis Gray
Guess who just heard FriendFeed is getting shut down...these 2. - Mark Krynsky
Derrick will always be my boo. - Louis Gray
I think kids use the term "Bae" now Louis. - Mark Krynsky
Poor Louis. He's making great fodder for comedy. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
The places you have gone. - Mike Nayyar
[throws in the towel] - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
VICTORY!!!... but at what cost... - Johnny
Not for nothing but I went to the trouble of 'shopping out they guy's head and left shoulder for authenticity... I guess I should go do some work now :) - Johnny from iPhone
It was bound to happen. Keep in mind, Alex, that the image was ripe for the misuse. :) - Louis Gray
Louis in #Glenmode. The new Flat Stanley. - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
I'm going to have Tweet this pic with a salaciously tawdry headline, and yes people will fall for it and RT it along hehehheeee - sofarsoShawn from iPhone
Oh the insanity. - Louis Gray
This briefly flashed on the screen and my wife said WHAT IS THAT? I immediately diverted to the netflix window and hit play on the next episode of our show. - Micah
WoH: Professor MOTHRA
FFundercats means I can never see Mike make a comment without thinking of a dumpster. #MOW?
I would also have loved to hear (and see) Josh do a version of the 'Nayyar Cat' on his ukulele. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Nayyar Cat? - Mike Nayyar
If Josh played this on his uke, I would entitle his composition the 'Nayyar Cat' http://nyan.cat/ We could overlay your head onto the cat and...I've said too much. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
We'll never know, because the FFundercats are no more... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
It's still true. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I still Tweet at him to get back in his dumpster on occasion. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
:))))) That makes me inappropriately happy. That episode of FFundercats was an absolute gem! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I wish I could remember all the madness of FFundercats. I just especially remember so much time spent in pure hysterics listening to them. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
I remember my family thinking I was nuts because I was laughing so much. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Nayyar's dumpster. - Louis Gray
One man's dumpster is another man's dumpster home. - Micah
Stephen Mack
Happy birthday! - Pete's Got To Go
Happy birthday! :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy Birthday! - Kevin Johnson
Happy Bday! - Steve C, Team Marina
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy Birthday, Higlet!! - Greg GuitarBuster
happy day, WOH! - t-ra needs this place
Happy birthday! - Big Joe Silenced
Happy birthday! - Spidra Webster
Hooray! Hooray! It's HIGLET DAY! Happy Birthday! - vicster.
Happy birthday, Higlet! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Feliz Cumple! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Happy birthday, curly girly! - Anika
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Many happy returns on this anniversary of your birth! - Me
Happy birthday! - Corinne L
Happy birthday! - Victor Ganata
Happy birthday! - Anne Bouey
Happy Birthday! - Katy S
HB & SUWGOMH WOH! - Louis Gray
Happy birthday, WoH! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy Birthday, Higlet!! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday, lady! - Yolanda from Android
Happy Birthday! - Brent Schaus
Happy Birthday, Higlet! - Bren from iPhone
Happy Birthday, Mary! xx - Melly
Happy Higlet Day :-D - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Birthday!!!! <3 - joey
Happy Birthday! - MoTO Boychick Devil
Happy birthday!! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Happy happy! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy birthday. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Happy day! - LB needs a break. from Android
Thank you, my lovely FFers! I had a fantastic birthday weekend :)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
holly #ravingfangirl
that damn narwhal song finally got to me.
Is it in an ad or something? I heard it playing in the background when I left my uncle's earlier and that's the first time I'd heard it in 2-3 years. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
https://m.youtube.com/watch... It was made by the same people that made the Badger Song! - Chris Topher
Chris, yeah I'm aware of the weebl's stuff, there is also Kenya & Somolia, and a few others. I just can't figure out why I heard it in the background of my uncle's tv earlier tonight. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
It was used in a Sprint commercial. - Chris Topher
Oh okay, that makes sense. I thought it was so random to hear it pop up. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
They also did #SUWGOMH that Louis Gray and WoH loved. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I didn't realize that the song is as old as it is. Now that I know, it seems random that it would be used now...but hey, it's awesome! - Chris Topher
They got a kick ass facial horn. They're the jedi of the seas, they stop Cthulu from eating ye. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Yeah I sing it for hours after that ad comes on. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
WoH: Professor MOTHRA
FriendFeed Turns 5. The One-Time Pioneer Is Still ... http://blog.louisgray.com/2012... #FF is still ahead of its time. Tx for the reflections @louisgray
Stephen Mack
"Sleep is a waste of time and unproductive." -- Kevin Fox
Words to live by. - Stephen Mack
ROFL You're awesome, Stephen. - Anika
I submit the following caption: "I was sent here to kick ass and create new social networks. And we don't need any more social networks." - Brian Johns
*snort* - Big Joe Silenced
So LG didn't coin that? - Josh Haley
this could lead to a #myquote meme! - Abhishek
Josh, hmm, maybe it was Derrick who said it originally. (Or Johnny, as pictured.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"This is such a strange meme." -- Stephen Mack - Kevin Fox
Kevin, you forgot the picture. #FFtrollquote - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"sleep is a weapon" -robert ludlum - Peter Dawson
BTW, Brian, your alternate caption is awesome. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
No, I didn't. - Kevin Fox
And yes, BJohn's quote is awesome. Stephen should do a remix. I'd be proud of that one. - Kevin Fox
Oh, I get it now. - Josh Haley
Peculiar. - Paul Buchheit
So what we have here is a picture of Paul with a quote from Kevin that's actually Louis' catchphrase? #3fer #crossingstreams #mixingmemes - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
WoH: Oh dear, you're right. I messed up. I thought it was Spidra's quote attributed to Steven Perez with a picture of Mike Nayyar. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks, Mark. The double eyebrow tweak is a very important touch. - Stephen Mack
Did Paul change his avatar to this pic (minus the text) just recently? - Stephen Mack
LOL. Now people let's continue this meme! - AJ Batac
that's epic. - imabonehead
where is Louis Gray? - ThinkEzy
Sitting right next to me right now, playing poker. - Stephen Mack
YOU STOLE MY BIT. By the way, search for that phrase in Google. I own it. :) - Louis Gray
I think Stephen knew exactly what he was doing, which makes it all the more fun. And Louis? #SULGOMH - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
That's a squad suppression weapon. - Kozan Demircan
"Go ahead and +1 my day" - imabonehead
BUMP - AJ Batac
As good now as it's ever been... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
That DooM style face is perfect - Mo Kargas
"Say FriendFeed is dead. One. More. Time." - AJ Batac
This does the heart good of any true FriendFeeder. - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
Bump. - Louis Gray
Still waiting for a remixed gif with my alternate caption. - Brian Johns
You may have to wait a while longer, Sparky. - Stephen Mack
Who knows what the future holds... At least he hasn't kicked my ass yet! - Brian Johns
So good. - Micah from FFHound!
Bump - imabonehead from Android
Those crazy Aussies and their upside down pictures!!! :) - That's So CAJ!
Down undah. - Louis Gray
I turn my phone up side down and they flip! -- just can't keep up with those two. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
¡Those antipodeans! - Spidra Webster
¡ǝɯosǝʍ∀ - Kevin Johnson
*Anticipationary Bump* - Johnny from iPhone
*Anticipationary Hump* - Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
LAWLZ! - Melly
I'm even gonna shave my legs! - Melly
*bump* - felicious from FFHound!
WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Yeah. When I *first* heard there was an blockbuster ebook called "50 shades of Gray" the thought did cross my mind it was by or about Louis. And then I heard what it was about, and...
[imagine I mocked up a book cover with 50 pictures of Louis in varying shades of gray using his 'International man of social media pic] - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
'Sleep is unproductive' - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Louis Gray slashfic? - John (bird whisperer)
Louis Gray/Twilight crossover fanfic :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
John and Victor might be onto something... - WoH: Professor MOTHRA from iPhone
I only wrote a few of the chapters. - Louis Gray
But is he in the movie. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Stephen Mack
Right after FF shuts down, I'm going to _______________.
Cry, probably. - vicster.
be in disbelief. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
feel ALL TEH FEELS. - Kristin
Play STO until my wife has me committed. - Big Joe Silenced from Android
kiss my husband and be really thankfful. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
sit in stunned silence, then have a cocktail or glass of wine. - Corinne L
Have my first drink in nearly 15 years. - Big Joe Silenced from Android
I may not even be there when it happens. More likely a 404 or such. I will sigh, smile, give thanks for all those who came and for those who built tools to keep the memories. Then head over to Twitter , frenf.it, wherever you all are :) - Pete's Got To Go
*still in denial* ===> - MoTO Boychick Devil
Toast the good times, post a dimly lit selfie on frenf.it, and move along. - Bren from iPhone
drink drink drink - Pea Bukowski
feel ALL TEH FEELS. - Kristin - ani
I'll be in denial until the day FF fails to load. If I'm honest about it, that is. - Big Joe Silenced from Android
twitch. - ellbeecee
be numb until it sinks in. - Carmen from iPhone
be grateful for the friendships and support, cherish the memories, & move forward - CarlC
zooma zoom zoom zoom and a boom-boom - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Cry, then move over to frenf.it - Soup in a TARDIS
be very sad, and head on over to frenf.it, like everyone else. *phew* - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Look at my screen with disbelief and then head over to frenf.it. - John (bird whisperer)
keeping hitting "F5" over and over...just in case. - That's So CAJ!
Hopefully be asleep so you won't all see me cry - Heleninstitches #teamff from Android
You should all join www.frenf.it - pm10 from Android
Frenf.it - Viditù from iPhone
Type in FriendFeed.com from muscle memory and get sad when it doesn't work. - Louis Gray
Frenf.it - Habu Paschett Jôji
^ this 👍 - Bren from iPhone
Drink beer - yormayinbeni from Android
What Louis said. - Yolanda
Get some studying done. - Gabrielle
play Journey's "Separate Ways" really loud over and over. probably cry and rage a bit. then sleep it off. - t-ra needs this place
Move over to frenf.it and hope we don't break it. - Steven Perez
Wish it was an April Folls prank. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Cry and then move over to frenf.it - Iván Abrego
Wipe all the browser shortcuts to here like it never happened. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
stare at the error message on the screen for a while, thinking about the old times and feeling a little sad - naltro from Flucso
get a life - Antonio
use frenf.it - Maurizio from Android
Go for a run. - Hookuh Tinypants
Have Shabu Shabu in Hawaii or something. (true facts: in any case, I will be on Oahu or Maui). - Micah
spend a night on the town, Montreal-style. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Micah: I'll be in Kauai! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Keep checking back to see if someone turns it back on. - SAM
I'm still paddling down denial; we'll see how things go in April. A server is easy to overlook, right? - Jen
Eat my feelings. - Melly
Wishful thinking. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Stephen, what dates??? - Micah from FFHound!
(The server, not the eatlng.) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
take a break from the social net for a while. Maybe a long while. - Jim #teamFFrank
Nooooooo! - MoTO Boychick Devil
Sob loudly. - LB needs a break. from Android
What everyone said. Unless it involves being elsewhere or something. - bentley
cry. - Marissa
I'll feel a bit empty for a while, but then I'll remember all the amazing people I have known via FF. Like Haro, I'll squeeze my husband. I've already taken steps to set myself up on frenf.it, join the FF rooms on FB, etc. I will definitely miss this place, but my hope is that I'll type in "F" on the browser, go to frenf.it, and find you all there. :) - Jenny H. from Android
feel sad and alone. go for a walk. tell Twitter I miss FriendFeed, so the message is in the world, somewhere. then delete shortcuts and feel glad it lasted as long as it did. - Heather Piwowar from iPhone
I wonder if this is all an April Fool's day joke? - Halil
close the browser, turn off the computer, and go for a long long walk in the real world - chaz2b
Hug my kids and try not to cry. :( - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Wait, Louis, you are manually typing URLs? - Stephan Planken from iPhone
listen to imabonehead... ...buy out Facebook and make FriendFeed the new Facebook! ... maybe we could make a #DeleteFacebook pledge #DeleteFacebookHitTheGym - p01yN0Nym0u5
Poop. - Melly
Picchio de sisti - elrocco from Android
abi picchio niye şişti ya - yormayinbeni
Dizz Knee Land. - Joe
Purchase the domain friendfeed.com - Josh Haley
pour one out for my homies - Gunneh-MoTo Calls me that
Check y'all on frenf.it and Twitter and all teh places. And shed a tear ... that may become an avalanche. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
fetfrip.com - Onur Yalazı
zombo.com - That's So CAJ!
Remote key tattoo - Meg VMeg from Android
I'll finally close the tab. - M.
I really like Meg's idea. It would make an interesting tattoo, a great conversation starter, something people would ask the meaning of, and then we can spread the Legend of FF. - April Russo (FForever!)
Ooohhhhh That would be a really interesting tattoo. - bentley
silly question, but I don't know where I've seen an explanation of what #Op6d means http://friendfeed.com/op6degr... - p01yN0Nym0u5
They'd assume you have done serious time in some obscure prison and avoid talking to you. :-) - Stephan Planken
Stephen, that kind of makes me wonder what your remote key says, to make you say that. :P - April Russo (FForever!)
Stephen Mack
Oh, and I got a haircut.
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I think you got ALL your hairs cut. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Thanks, Janet! m9m, not all -- kept the eyebrows. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
WHOA! I got a hair cut today, but not with such effectiveness. - Louis Gray
I like it, Stephen! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Hey handsome!!!! - furrworld
It works for you! What do the kids think? - Anne Bouey
Anne, they didn't even comment on it. Heh. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Just in time for summer! Look at the branding on that smock. It's like the hair salon knows people post pics on social media... - Spidra Webster
Just in time for your appointment with the phrenologist. - Brian Johns
How YOU doin'? :D - Hookuh Tinypants
You look so happy in that last photo! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Look at your hair, boo. - Derrick
It's all over the floor! :) - That's So CAJ!
Well, hello there, Handsome... *sidles over next to Stephen* (Also, does that smock have my name on it???) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Mark, I know exactly what you mean. These days I start resembling the pointy-haired boss from Dilbert if I grow it out. And there are these two strange furrows top and center. I get that it's called "male pattern baldness" but do the patterns have to be so odd? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Smooth - Mo Kargas
Hair? What hair? - Monaca di V.le Monza
Funny bump timing, BWin -- I just gave myself this same haircut early on Monday. Self-service this time, though. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jim #teamFFrank
In case I don't get a chance before The End, I wanted to tell you that this has been nice.
It really has - MoTO Boychick Devil
Yes. - vicster.
Yes. Much. - bentley
Agreed. - LB needs a break. from Android
It certainly has been. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
+1 - Louis Gray
Indeed. - Corinne L
*the dancers laugh* - t-ra needs this place from Android
Louis Gray
Happy St. Patrick's Day, FriendFeeders!
Top of the shillelaghs to you all! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Bumpage. - Louis Gray
The last FF St. Pats! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
This last and final display name is for my country sister Trish. She calls me Moniqua in private. FriendFeed has yielded me so many loving people and friendships, and I am sad to see it go, but I am on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and everything else, so you will always be able to find me when you need a laugh. I love you all.
<3 - Louis Gray
Love you too, Momo. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Love you, Momo. - Anne Bouey
*heart* - Micah from iPhone
Big Sis, 4ever, Momo. Even when I'm a little shit. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Moniqua!!!!! <3 - Trish R from iPhone
I love you too. Never have I regretted following you here :) - Pete's Got To Go
Love you! - LB needs a break. from Android
We'll always have Lil' Kim's Hard Core. <3 - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Louis Gray
You Can't Achieve Equality by Expecting Everyone to be the Same - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
You Can't Achieve Equality by Expecting Everyone to be the Same
You Can't Achieve Equality by Expecting Everyone to be the Same
"Speaking up or talking about hard issues like racial bias or diversity, or calling for attentiton to inherent problems, makes it possible I'll misspeak and say something quotable where I don't want it. It's instead much easier to sit quiet and let other people fight their battles - to watch big conflicts and flareups remotely, trivializing someone else's experience, as something that's not happening here. But even in the 'burbs, and in our corporate offices, there are issues. We may not see unarmed men shot 12 times and killed in our hallways, but there are opportunities to bring down or build up our peers daily, and most of us aren't doing much to aid their quiet struggles." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Great article. (Also, love that second pic of Erica.) - Stephen Mack
I like both those pictures of Erica! Thanks, Stephen. - Louis Gray
Thanks. I was just about to give up on the possibility of MLK's dream. - Alfred C. Ingram
I hate all pictures of Erica equally. - EricaJoy
Louis Gray
Status: Downloading my FriendFeed. (https://github.com/claudio...)
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Fetching page 1699.. - Louis Gray
best social network ever - Gregory Lent
best social network ever - Gregory Lent - جواد
Gregory -- FF is in fact the best social network ever -- well ahead of its time. The question is, why did so many bright people and early adopters choose Facebook and Twitter over a platform that provides a superior interface and user experience? What I am looking forward to is the creation of a new and improved version of FF-style technology for real-time Web-based communications --... more... - Sean McBride
best social network ever - Gregory Lent ++ Indeed. - ♕Dr. Eynollah ♕
Will this also backs up my musics? - ♕Dr. Eynollah ♕
This script ended up looping towards the end there and I had to force-quit it. I had better luck with a Ruby version: https://github.com/zverok/clio - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Zu, did you run it like this "ruby bin/clio-en.rb -u (username) -k (remote key)" to grab everything or did you add the -f option? Did this grab images, too? - Marie
Marie, I ran it with just -u and -k options. It does not grab images but links them in the page from wherever they're hosted (twitter, instagram, etc). And it grabbed a LOT of posts for me going back to 2011 (and one odd month from 2010) but I post a lot. I might try again tomorrow to see if I get different results. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Looking at Claudio's script, it shouldn't go over 100 pages, any more and it's cycling. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
thanks! - Marie
the script of Claudio was updated tonight to avoid looping - .mau.
Hi Mau, please write a step by step on how to back up. some of us are not computer savy. if you like u can write it in my feed. - ♕Dr. Eynollah ♕
The ruby script went back much further but it doesn't save the images locally. *sigh* - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
there should already be a tutorial in English, AFAIK: http://claudio.cicali.name/post... - .mau.
[OT: we Italian friendfeeders will gather in several cities on April 8 for the last toast to FF - codename "So long, and thanks for all the feed". Just to let y'all know] - .mau.
ffexp2html.php - Where do i download that? which version? - ♕Dr. Eynollah ♕
Backup only 10100 Feed - مـــمـد ☮
Kol Tregaskes
I have a Page too but don't use it yet: http://www.facebook.com/pages... I only have 20 fans. ;-) #whatsyoururl - Kol Tregaskes
http://www.facebook.com/trenton... ...but watch out for the tumbleweeds rolling across my profile. - Trent Olson
http://www.facebook.com/hedwyg *sobbing quietly over here in my corner* - Ordinarybug Heather
I will have a little cry later................ - Kevin J Hatton
i have one but have used it less and less as FB has sucked more and more. i now log in a few times a month at most. - Big Joe Silenced
Thanks everyone! - Kol Tregaskes
Now I'm glad I got my vanity URL for FB. However I'm not about to go crazy friending y'all just yet as I hate the interface. - Kenton
http://www.facebook.com/krynsky Haha. I was just going to ask when you were going to start this. - Mark Krynsky
iphigenie, just like my ff id :D - Iphigenie
I didnt really want to add everyone i know on friendfeed to my facebook, i like to keep them seperate as much as i can. but you know what, fuck it http://www.facebook.com/simon... add a note saying you;re from friendfeed if you add me, then i can group everyone up :) - Simon Wicks
http://www.facebook.com/wangyip .. edit: ditto what Simon said above - add a friendfeed or FF note in the message if you do add me - Wang Yip
http://www.facebook.com/scott... [EDIT: I only intend to had people to FB that I have subscribed to and/or interacted with here on FF.] - Kristin of Two Everything
Simon, I thought that a while ago, then just added everyone too. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
Just added you Kol :) - Simon Wicks
OK, you've all convinced me and as Simon requested, please note FF in the request. http://facebook.com/kenton - Kenton
Thanks, Simon. I've not started going through these yet. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
I'm only going to add the people i actually talk to on here. I have a lot less people on my follow list than you, so its a bit easier for me :) - Simon Wicks
Remember, guys. According to FB, you're only allowed 5000 friends. Spend them wisely. - James Myatt
Hehe. ;-) - Kol Tregaskes
Facebook.com/hoogenboom - Wes Hoogenboom from iPhone
If anyone of you are Gtalk'ers, check out the list here: http://ff.im/6mySB - Kol Tregaskes
/glemak on most services - mike "glemak" dunn
As if we weren't before? Were they really that many people here who didn't also have a FB account, even if they didn't list it in their profile? I've been with FB since 2004 - LANjackal
here. i am your fan now :D - Iphigenie
Thanks all. - Kol Tregaskes
Helen, yep. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
Well, with this news it is pushing me to start using my real name for web services and to kill (or at least slowly stop using) the tomit persona that I have used for many years. Find me here... http://www.facebook.com/ronaldb... - Ronald S
http://www.facebook.com/julia... - but no hearts or flowers please..:-) - Julia Ault
http://facebook.com/thereal... - someone else done stoled my name before I could. Jeepers! - Tsali - A dude man
http://facebook.com/andrewr... - may as well change my "have met" Facebook policy! - Andrew Roche
I could never agree to their TOS. The fun of working for paranoid folks. - Neal Krummell
I was already a facebook user... http://www.facebook.com/cassidy... - Cass
ugh.. I hate doing this... http://www.facebook.com/timhoec... - Tim Hoeck
Well http://www.facebook.com/elstudi... - Kol, your Posterous sharing post earlier today was more fun. - Eric Johnson
Ummmm the Facebook UI obviously won't be static, dude. They'll be making changes as the assimilation proceeds - LANjackal from IM
People who complain about FF+FB are like people who complain every time the FB home page changes. Even if it's better, they complain... - Gus
never spend any time there... not worth time... - Valeria Maltoni
I hate Facebook... - Oscar Mota
My company has one if you want to be a fan of a small web design and marketing firm :) http://www.facebook.com/pages... - Justin Rains
FB gets no link love from me facebook.com/tinapbeana - FFing Enigma
http://www.facebook.com/gbierma... - not like I use it much anyway... - Grant Bierman
I'm on Facebook, but I don't have a name in my profile URL (yet; I'm still new...). But if you want it, it's http://www.facebook.com/profile... -- if you friend me, tell me you're from FF. - Dennis Jernberg
I don't freaking have one because I never wanted to sign up for Facebook. :P Now I find out that through no fault of my own I'm technically a Facebook user? GAH. - Cheryl Jones
if u want facebook http://www.facebook.com/sefa... ███ - Sefa Karapinar
Keep 'em coming, I'll add you all later today. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
http://www.facebook.com/nzbuu/. I wasn't going to do this, but I'm going to indulge and see if I can make FB work like Scoble thinks it can. - James Myatt
LOL I knew you would do this :) http://www.facebook.com/parvez... - Parvez Halim
Update: My profile may not have a name-type URL yet, but here's the short way to get there: http://profile.to/jernbergdr - Dennis Jernberg
"Like" only because I'll have to find you guys somewhere :( http://www.facebook.com/people... - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
http://www.facebook.com/ozubey i knew this was coming, this is why i got my url with my FF nickname.:-) - Özhan Yiğitler
http://www.facebook.com/krz9000 i hope they write a proper friendfeed friend importer - Chris Hofmann
http://www.facebook.com/iainbak... +1 Chris, I'd hate to lose all the friends i've made here :(((( - Iain Baker
http://www.facebook.com/barryow... I hope they (FB) don't screw it up too much... - Barry Owens
http://www.facebook.com/gilbert.... Is there a simple way to add say the entire list above? - Gilbert Harding
http://www.facebook.com/mbravo - most updates autoimported from Flickr though - Michael Bravo
Thank you everyone. I've added you all but feel free to say no, I know some people keep FB for personal friends only. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
www.facebook.com/LANjackal - LANjackal from IM
lol I think this is wrong haha don't mind me I'm being silly - Franc, a rememberer
http://www.facebook.com/wordsfo... - I would really like to have FriendFeed friends there so Facebook could possibly be more bearable. - Jannifer @wordsforliving
Jannifer, that link takes me to the home page. - Kol Tregaskes
It does? try looking for Jannifer Stoddard - Jannifer @wordsforliving
Yeah, I've had a few of those from the list above, not sure what's going on there. OK, will do. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
http://facebook.com/carlton... And I love new peeps! ^_^ - Carlton Hackett
I do not use it much LOL I just post to it from other sites so to fill up my friends stream, I do get messages and some status in text. Anyone who really wants to add me, use the facebook link on my profile. :o) - David Gross
www.facebook.com/drodzand you won't see much since I got the privacy settings on max in Facebook. Just another reason why I think Facebook is completely different from friendfeed. I hope they keep friendfeed running because I use both services in diametrically diverse ways. - David Rodriguez
Thank you. - Kol Tregaskes
http://facebook.com/brodiebeta I just posted asking for the same thing =) http://friendfeed.com/iphoneg... You rawk Kol - Brodie Beta
http://facebook.com/timedalkat Will be weird to integrate you folks with Grandma. - timedalkat
Cool, Brodie. :-) Thanks everyone! - Kol Tregaskes
Hey, FB is for real life friends :-). Not for random web strangers :-P? - Richard A.
Mine is http://www.facebook.com/daniel... and I am from Argentina (BA) - Daniel Alejandro Severo
http://www.facebook.com/alfpace but I don't use it very much - Alfonso Pace from iPhone
http://www.facebook.com/kimbers... (I can remember if I commented on this already. I don't see "You" on the list, but I'm tired. So, hopefully, I didn't. If I did, oh well. - Kimber Scott
Thanks all! - Kol Tregaskes
. . . amy_beer. I think. I've never used it. No, I'm pretty sure. - Amy℠
Amy, it's not that. - Kol Tregaskes
I spend an inordinate amount of time there... - http://facebook.com/Americhick - Bette Cooper
facebook.com/wins1 I hv a FF list in FB, pls. mention FF to populate it. - Wins Fern
mine is david.grosz - David Gross from email
Thank you all! - Kol Tregaskes
How do you get facebook.com/yourname? Mine is a somewhat longer Url... - TrafficBug
TrafficBug: You can get your custom Facebook URL here: http://www.facebook.com/usernam... - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
http://www.facebook.com/webalon... - looks like you can change it only once. Confucious say: "Choose your name well...." :I - Rob Schieber
Thank you. - Kol Tregaskes
I do like your photography page. I am a fan now. - Faraz Mullick
Isn't there a FB friend limit? - Araceli
There is, Araceli, although it was several thousand people, if I remember correctly. - Tyson Key
5,000. - Kol Tregaskes
I'm just loving the new Facebook beta. :D - Faraz Mullick
i sent a request (please please please by my friend), ;) - chaz2b
I always thought that FriendFeed was the new Facebook. ;) - Tyson Key
Facebook is the new FriendFeed. ;) - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
Thanks Rob, I had forgotten my username for I always used my email address to login - I found there is a settings > username > change thing that lets you change your username once and then you get a facebook.com/username url! - TrafficBug
I am thinking about just using my Public Page more. Keep my regular profile for family and coworker data. Follow me here if you want more of the type of posts I do here of Friendfeed. http://www.facebook.com/pages... - Ronald S
nooooooooooooooooooooooo! - Tsali - A dude man from IM
I raise your bump with a "Hide" - LANjackal
http://www.facebook.com/DavidHo... - I use it to aggregate and share links on Internet music, open content and social media. - David Holmes
I would like you follow you all wherever you are moving to or are right now. Can you please add your profile here and share to others so we can gather everyone's URLs in one place above? - Kol Tregaskes
Nicola D'Agostino
louisgray.com: FriendFeed's Closure Another Painful Loss from a Vibrant Era of Social Media - http://blog.louisgray.com/2015...
louisgray.com: FriendFeed's Closure Another Painful Loss from a Vibrant Era of Social Media
"Google Buzz came close" lol - naltro
Bob è rimasto immortalato nello screenshot con una battuta di spessore - naltro
Google Buzz era una figata assurda. Solo che dovevano prima lasciarlo a pochi pazzi tipo i friendfeeder, e non lanciarlo subito per tutti gli imbecilli in giro. - .mau.
google buzz aveva il problemino che google non ha proprio idea di cosa significhi fare un social accettabile per le persone normali - naltro
(ce l'avevo con arkangelo) - Non sono Bob
"invested", "engagement", "right places"… e il piacere della conversazione e del confronto? Dell'imparare cose nuove? Di farsi qualche amico? Non pervenuti, eh? - Nicola D'Agostino
Le persone sono la cosa migliore di FriendFeed. Mi dispiace , non ho fatto così ovvio. - Louis Gray
I have to agree on this, Louis. :) - Nicola D'Agostino
Bruce Lewis
WoH: Professor MOTHRA
fifty shades of Louis Gray: MoW
Too soon. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Never too soon. - Louis Gray
Stephen Mack
The creepy but definitive list of FriendFeed employees and where they work now. UPDATE: As of October 2, 2012, *three* still work at Facebook. Still true as of November 20, 2013.
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With Paul's departure from Facebook today (November 12, 2010), I've heard several FFers talk about who's still at Facebook. I've seen various different numbers, none of which I think are accurate. This is my attempt to be more accurate. Information comes from publicly available sources where available. I drew on the list of FF employees from http://friendfeed.com/about... and http://blog.friendfeed.com/. - Stephen Mack
Ana Yang http://friendfeed.com/ana: Chief Miscellaneous Officer at Quip, per https://quip.com/about/ and had left Facebook around September 2012 (see Tudor B.'s comment from 9/20/2012 below). Formerly Places Product Manager at Facebook (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/technol...). - Stephen Mack
Ben Darnell http://friendfeed.com/bdarnell: DropBox (per Tudor Bosman below, updated 5/22/2012). Prior to that, AOL (Brizzly until their acquisition by AOL in September, see http://friendfeed.com/bdarnel...). - Stephen Mack
Ben Golub http://friendfeed.com/bgolub: Software Engineer at Facebook (see http://www.linkedin.com/in...). - Stephen Mack
Bret Taylor http://friendfeed.com/bret: Co-founder and CEO of Quip, per his FF page profile. Was previously CTO of Facebook (see FF profile). On June 15, announced he was leaving FB: https://www.facebook.com/btaylor... - Stephen Mack
Casey Muller http://friendfeed.com/casey: Quip, per https://quip.com/about/. Per Tudor on 10/2/1012, no longer at Facebook, confirmed by Casey's FB page listing "formerly" there (see http://www.facebook.com/caseymr...). - Stephen Mack
Dan Hsiao http://friendfeed.com/dhsiao: VP of Product @ Soldsie, per his FF page profile. Per Tudor on 5/22/2012, he is no longer at Facebook (see comment below). Previously was Program Manager at Facebook (see bio of twitter feed, http://twitter.com/danhsiao). - Stephen Mack
Gary Burd http://friendfeed.com/gburd: Managing Director at BeagleDreams per his Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/gburd); it previously said he left Facebook in October of 2009. - Stephen Mack
Goutham Patnaik http://friendfeed.com/gpatnaik (private feed): Google. Summer intern, left on 9/18/2009 (see http://blog.friendfeed.com/2008...). Update 5/22/2012: Per below, now at Google. I previously listed him as "unknown." - Stephen Mack
Jim Norris http://friendfeed.com/jim: Entrepreneur In Residence at Funemployed per his FB page, http://www.facebook.com/james... (updated 11/20/2013). Previously AeroFS per his mom (comment below). - Stephen Mack
Kevin Fox http://friendfeed.com/kfury: Electric Imp (see http://friendfeed.com/kfury...). Previously Mozilla Labs. Kevin left Facebook in May of 2010 (see below) and announced on 10/27/2010 that he joined Mozilla Labs (see http://friendfeed.com/kfury...). - Stephen Mack
Paul Buchheit http://friendfeed.com/paul: Y-Combinator as of 11/12/2010 (see http://friendfeed.com/paul...). - Stephen Mack
Ross Miller http://friendfeed.com/ross: Taylor Engineering in Alameda per his Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ross...). (Ross was a two-time intern at FF.) - Stephen Mack
Tudor Bosman http://friendfeed.com/tudor: Software Engineer at Facebook (see http://www.linkedin.com/in...). - Stephen Mack
Overall status as of November 2010: Of the 14 people who were ever FriendFeed employees, 8 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Bret T., Casey M., Dan H., Jim N., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), 5 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Gary B., Kevin F., Paul B., Ross M.), and 1 is unknown (Goutham P.). - Stephen Mack
I will update the above if I hear news. - Stephen Mack
Technically my first day at Mozilla isn't until Monday. :-) - Kevin Fox
I will also remove this if any FF employees think it's too creepy. :) - Stephen Mack
Ross Miller's account: http://friendfeed.com/ross - Rochelle
You are both thorough and scary :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
KLevin, tehcnically, this is your last day here and your not part of the FF team ! - Peter Dawson
Me too, Geoff. - Kevin Fox
Thanks Rochelle, updated! Kevin F., edited now, thanks. :) - Stephen Mack
Peter, what? Today is my last day where? And I left Facebook (and the FF team) back in May. - Kevin Fox
Of those still left at FB, I only see Tudor and Ben who are still active here and have contributed to FF fixes since the buyout. - Rodfather
Kevin mea culpa .. now i remember you want on a summer sabbatical ! - Peter Dawson
No worries. :-) - Kevin Fox
Rodfather, I'm not active here? - Kevin Fox
Of those still left at FB. ;) - Rodfather
I love the iFly photo of us. We are a great big arm rainbow!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Yeah, Paul and April were missing from that picture because that was the day Thomas was born! - Kevin Fox
Rod: Oops, my bad. I saw 'left FB' and missed the 'at'. - Kevin Fox
Wild AND Crazy - Eric - Final Countdown
OK, took some editing but I think the above is accurate. If anyone knows where Ross M. or Goutham P. are now, please let me know! - Stephen Mack
Many thanks to people who provided info, especially Rochelle. - Stephen Mack
Rachel: That's definitely an awesome pic. I had a hard time choosing, you guys had a lot of great events. - Stephen Mack
Wow that is a great list I should probably try an add a few people. FriendFeed very good micro blogging, thanks. - Robert Bridge
Thanks Robert! Updated Ross's employer with information Anne B. found on his Facebook page. - Stephen Mack
He made them an offer that they could eventually refuse? - Stephen Mack
*snicker* - Big Joe Silenced
Bump in honor of today's FB IPO. Time to do more creepy digging to see what's up with the FF team! - Stephen Mack
Updated Gary's entry. - Stephen Mack
Updated Jim's entry. He's apparently left Facebook. (I think I remember him confirming this when I had lunch with him last month!) - Stephen Mack
Updated Kevin's entry. - Stephen Mack
Overall status as of May 2012: Of the 14 people who were ever FriendFeed employees, 7 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Bret T., Casey M., Dan H., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), 6 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B., Ross M.), and 1 is unknown (Goutham P.). - Stephen Mack
Stephen, Goutham worked at RockYou for a bit in 2010 and now works for Google. Also, how have I not seen this thread before?! I remember you taking that picture at Kitchen Table - fun times :) - Ross Miller
now this is creepy.. some1 is stalking all the former employees of FF :)- - Peter Dawson
Peter, I wonder who? Ross, thanks! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jim is now at AeroFS. - Anne Bouey
Stephen, also Goutham was a summer intern the year before the Facebook buy. He did not transfer to Facebook. Ross did you transfer to Facebook, I can't remember. - Rachel Lea Fox
oh and I think Ben D. has left AOL. But I can't confirm that, I just seem to remember something about that. *shrug* - Rachel Lea Fox
Anne, AeroFS looks cool! Congrats Jim!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Ben Darnell is at Dropbox. - Tudor Bosman
Also, Dan Hsiao is no longer at Facebook (no more details). - Tudor Bosman
Goutham Patnaik is at Google. - Tudor Bosman
And yes, both Ross and Goutham were interns and were never Facebook employees after the acquisition. - Tudor Bosman
Thanks Tudor! Updated above. - Stephen Mack
Overall status as of May 22, 2012: Of the 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees plus 2 interns, 6 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Bret T., Casey M., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), 6 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B.), and 2 were interns who never went to Facebook (Ross M., Goutham P.). - Stephen Mack
And now there are five. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Indeed. I'll update when I get back from vacation -- by then we should know more about Bret's new venture. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Oops, I see I never updated this. Stand by. - Stephen Mack
Bret's entry updated. - Stephen Mack
Overall status, as of June 15, 2012 (updated on September 13, 2012): There are 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees. (In addition, there were 2 interns (Ross M., Goutham P.) who never went to Facebook, per Tudor B., above.) So, of the 12 official FriendFeed employees: Currently, 5 of 12 are still at Facebook (Ana Y., Ben G., Casey M., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), and 7 of 12 have departed from Facebook (Ben D., Bret T., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B.). - Stephen Mack
So basically we're gradually losing FF advocates within the mothership. :-( - DB, Lil LB's Dad
So clearly we need to either recruit current FB'ers to start using FF or get FF users employed FB, or both. - Andrew C (✔)
13 Sep 2012: what was the cause of the outage? But perhaps more importantly, *who* kindly fixed it (and from where) ? [If FB open sources FF, who would be willingly to maintain it?] - Adriano
And whoever it was, I'd happily buy them a nice dinner. - Meg VMeg
Per Tudor (in this thread http://friendfeed.com/friendf...) it was Sanjeev who saved us. THANK YOU SANJEEV! - Stephen Mack
SANJEEV! - Josh Haley
bump just to immortalise this pix and the start-up crew ! - Peter Dawson
Ana left Facebook, no more details. - Tudor Bosman
Thanks Tudor -- I updated her entry. Overall status, as of September 20, 2012): There are 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees. (In addition, there were 2 interns (Ross M., Goutham P.) who never went to Facebook, per Tudor B., above.) So, of the 12 official FriendFeed employees: Currently, 4 of 12 are still at Facebook (Ben G., Casey M., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), and 8 of 12 have departed from Facebook (Ana Y., Ben D., Bret T., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., Paul B.). - Stephen Mack
Thanks Tudor and Stephen for the update. - Meg VMeg
Casey left Facebook as well (which, as he's Ana's husband, is no big surprise :) ). No more details. - Tudor Bosman
Ah, so three now. Thanks Tudor. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Not sure how I missed Tudor's update back on October 2, but I have now updated Casey's entry. - Stephen Mack
Overall status, as of October 2, 2012: There are 12 people who were ever FriendFeed employees. In addition, there were 2 interns (Ross M. and Goutham P.) who never went to Facebook, per Tudor B., above. So, of the 12 official FriendFeed employees: Currently, 3 of 12 are still at Facebook (Ben G., Sanjeev S., and Tudor B), and 9 of 12 have departed from Facebook (Ana Y., Ben D., Casey M., Bret T., Dan H., Gary B., Jim N., Kevin F., and Paul B.). - Stephen Mack
An update of sorts, which I guess is in and of itself creepy. I was reading a recent piece on Google Reader, and I was struck by the fact that Darnell jumped from Google Reader to FriendFeed (there are similarities between the two orphaned applications, when you think about it). Then I saw that Darnell made his move right before the Facebook acquisition. After reading subsequent... more... - John E. Bredehoft
Bump. Updated a few folks above to show they're at Quip. I think it's still the case that 3 of the 12 are at Facebook (Ben, Sanjeev, Tudor). - Stephen Mack
Thanks for the update Stephen! - Zu from AOD
Bump! I think the count is still three. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Bump. - Crisco
Whats the number now? - Me
I don't think it's changed. - Stephen Mack
I never noticed how creepy that first pic was. Not waving, but...? - Meg VMeg
Meg, I surprised them when the FF employees were eating lunch at a restaurant on Castro in Mt View, now closed. (I think I was stopping by to give Kevin something.) I wanted to take their picture but it was bad lighting so I told them to pretend I was a paparazzi stalking them ("no pictures please"). I might be able to dig up the original post. (EDIT: Original post is here: http://friendfeed.com/zeigen...) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Kristine Gray
SO. CUTE! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Very cute! - Rachel Lea Fox
Sweet! - Anne Bouey
I'm glad I'm having a babby in 6 months because pictures of Braden make me REALLY FREAKING CLUCKY. - Melly
bump - Louis Gray
Steve and 4 other people
Is Ben G. leaving Facebook?
That's what it seems like to me. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
It wouldn't surprise me. - John (bird whisperer)
That was my assumption - Todd Hoff
That's speculation. I think it's just as likely that a conversation around FriendFeed was brought up thanks to Bret answering a Quora post about what's up with keeping the site alive. See http://friendfeed.com/louisgr... It could have brought the issue to the surface. - Louis Gray
That's speculation, Louis. ;) - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
I still haven't seen what Akiva looks like, or if he's even human. And it's just perfect. One can know it's not important to friendship in theory, but now I know it over years of practice.
I met him in Seattle and he didn't kill me. Yet. - Kristin
He may not be human, but he does have feet. I saw his feet in a Louis Gray post where they went to a baseball game. I think. - Joe
You touched on something important here. One of the things I _really_ liked about FF was the _lack_ of profile information, including pictures for many people. People here are judged on the content they write and the comments and likes they contribute. Good people that communicate well and behave respectfully get more amplification. There's no accounting for attractiveness, location,... more... - Brian Johns
Well said, Brian. - Micah
Was it a purple squirrel? - Joe
Proof that he wears shoes! http://friendfeed.com/louisgr... - Joe
Akiva is male? You know more than I do. - walt crawford
I met him. It was horrifying. The web must never show his face. - Louis Gray
Oh I see, you tryin' to keep him all to yo-self. Nuh-uh. - Micah
Personally, I can’t stand him. - Akiva
He's very human. - Just another Bubba
So it looks like we're going to outlive Google+ too. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/google-... OK, who's next. #FF4Life
i thought we were the undead? *gnaws on random brain* - Big Joe Silenced
Dang, Johnny jinxed it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Louis Gray
louisgray.com: FriendFeed's Closure Another Painful Loss from a Vibrant Era of Social Media - http://blog.louisgray.com/2015...
"If you were part of the active community that made FriendFeed special in those wide-eyed years, you experienced something I've never seen with any community since (with occasional flashes on Google+ and Twitter being exceptions). If you missed it, then you missed out on seeing one of the most talented teams ever assembled working on something that was both fun and smart. And that story's final chapter is coming without us ever getting the happy ending we were hoping for. I'm not mad, just wistful at what might have been." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
To this day, FriendFeed remains technically superior to any of the other social networks with realtime feeds. There's just no comparison. Sad to see it go, but surprised and happy it at least lasted this long. - Jason Huebel
:(( - ebru
Super sad day, but we all knew it was coming. Still sad, though. I am very grateful for the friendships forged here and for the amazing social experience. No other platform is this good. What shame this was ever purchased. - Susan Beebe
Good article, Louis. So sad. - Stephen Mack
For export, take a look at my https://github.com/claudio... (stream, media and HTML render) - Claudio Cicali
o zükürbürkün evine ateşler düşsün \o/ irrezil herif, satın aldı göçertti siteyi İBLİS. demon zuck. leave ff alone paragöz pezebnk. - enoy
all you close your accounts on fb!! ff buddies. - enoy
I wish they would give us the code so we could set up our own instances on private servers. I've tried just about every social network and group communication tool, and nothing is as clean and threaded and asynchronous as FF. - Holly's favorite Anna
"I wish they would give us the code so we could set up our own instances on private servers. I've tried just about every social network and group communication tool, and nothing is as clean and threaded and asynchronous as FF." -- why do so few people notice this? -- it's a mystery. Every available substitute for FF is a major step backward. - Sean McBride
Too soon! There must be another way... - Red Label
ne diyo la bu sari pipi - Rendetullah
ha, kusura bakma o zaman sari - Rendetullah
I'm grateful we got to be here... watch the real-time web be born. - michael sean wright
A part of me still feels this is just a massive troll at Robert Scoble who is currently on a month's holiday. We die when we die, not through 3rd party declarations ;)
Don't name he who should not be named - Louis Gray
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