FriendFeed is a service that makes it easy to share with friends online. It offers a fun and interactive way to discover and discuss information among friends.
You get a customized feed made up of the content that your friends shared—from photos to interesting links and videos to messages just for you. And your friends get their customized feeds, full of the cool stuff that you've shared.
It's simple: On FriendFeed, posting anything takes just a few clicks, and sometimes none at all—you can choose to automatically pull in updates from the services you already use, like Flickr, YouTube, and Twitter.
It's fast: See everyone's updates in real-time so you never miss what your friends are sharing.
It's conversational: It's fast and easy to start a conversation around shared items, or to show that you like something a friend has shared. You can subscribe to updates from individuals and groups, such as your family or a team of people you work with.
It's easy to get started: There's nothing to install, and you can even sign up in just one click using your Google or Facebook account. The things you share get posted automatically to a feed that your friends can subscribe to, but you can also post your FriendFeed in other places like your website or blog, or to other services you use, like Facebook and Twitter.
FriendFeed is available in English, German, Spanish, Persian, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Turkish and simplified Chinese (and we're working on adding more). You can select your language preference from the dropdown at the bottom of every page.
Yes, we do. Our API enables you to do things such as develop a FriendFeed interface for a mobile phone, build a FriendFeed widget for your blog, or develop an application that makes it easy to post photos to your feed from your iPhone. Learn more.
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Signing up is easy. You can create an account, or just sign in using:
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Welcome! FriendFeed is all about sharing, so you should check out if your friends are already sharing things on FriendFeed. It's easy to find and subscribe to your friends (and we even offer some recommended ones).
Once you're subscribed to someone, you'll see their updates and shared items. As you take a look at their items, click "Like" if you like something. If you find an interesting conversation, click "Comment" and leave your thoughts.
As you subscribe to your friends, they'll be notified that you've joined FriendFeed. Share your own stuff with them by using the text box at the top of your feed.
If you're having any trouble, ask your questions in FriendFeed Feedback.
If all else fails, ask your friends by going here and then clicking "Post".
Anyone who is subscribed to you can see and comment on the things you share to your feed. You can designate your feed as either public or private, and you can change your preferences by clicking on "settings". If your FriendFeed is private, you approve every subscription request for your feed, and your stuff will not be visible to anyone other than your approved friends. If you choose to make your FriendFeed public, anyone can subscribe to you without requiring approval.
Even if you have a public feed, you can still share private direct messages with friends and groups. And you can create private groups as well, for sharing with specific people.
We offer many ways to find your friends on FriendFeed. We show these options to you when you're first signing up on FriendFeed, but you can always access them by clicking on "Friends" in the green "Friends" box and then the "Find/invite friends" link.
You can find your friends by searching for their name or email address. We also offer some recommended friends—users who are popular among your existing friends on FriendFeed. Once you find someone on FriendFeed you'd like to subscribe to, go directly to their feed and click either "Subscribe" or "Request a subscription" (if they have a private feed).
You can connect your Facebook account to your FriendFeed account by adding the FriendFeed Facebook application. You will be automatically subscribed to your Facebook friends who are already using FriendFeed, and your friends on the two services will continue to be kept in sync. The app will also put your FriendFeed on your Facebook profile and in your mini-feed.
FriendFeed can automatically pull in the things you've shared from over 50 services across the web, including Twitter and Flickr. To do so:
Your stuff should show up in your FriendFeed almost immediately. If the service you want to add is not one of the ones we currently support, you can still add it as a "Blog" or "Custom RSS/Atom", as long as it has a per-user RSS or Atom feed.
If someone invites you to join a group or they request a subscription to your private feed or group, you'll see a notification at the top of your feed. Clicking on the request will take you to a page where you can approve or ignore the request.
A group is just another feed, but multiple people can contribute to its contents. Think of it as a mini FriendFeed for a particular subject or group of people. Everyone in the group can share stuff with each other and leave comments that others in the group can see.
Your FriendFeed subscriptions include the Groups you're a part of. There's no limit to the number of groups you can join or create. As a group owner, you can manage the group's settings and membership, and invite new people to your group, even if they're not FriendFeed users yet. And when you use the FriendFeed bookmarklet, to share anything from the web, you can also specify whether to share it on your feed, or just to a particular group.
When creating a new group, you can choose between having a private group, a public group, or a "standard feed", which is just like other public feeds in FriendFeed, except they can have multiple authors.
Click on "Groups" in the orange "Groups" box and then the "Find groups" link.
You can find public groups on a certain topic by searching for the name. We also offer some groups that are popular among your FriendFeed friends and among all FriendFeed users. Once you find a group you'd like to subscribe to, navigate directly to that feed and click "Subscribe".
Friend lists help you organize your subscriptions. For example, you can create one for the friends you're subscribed to, and one for the interesting bloggers you follow, so you can see their updates separately.
By default, we've created three Friend lists for you (Personal, Professional, and Favorites), but you can change their names, delete these and create new ones.
Just start typing your message in the text box and click the "Post" button. You can also add photos to your post. By default, your message gets posted to your feed, but you can post your message somewhere else by removing "My feed" and typing the name of a different feed in the "To:" box. You can even post the same message to your feed and any other feed or group you're subscribed to at the same time.
Add the FriendFeed bookmarklet to your browser toolbar and you'll be able to share any web page to your FriendFeed with just a couple of clicks. You can even attach thumbnails of images from the pages you share, and choose whether you want to share something to your main feed, or directly to one of your groups.
You can reshare any item in FriendFeed—including your own entries—by clicking on the "Share" link beneath that entry. Doing so pulls up a dialog box that looks similar to the FriendFeed bookmarklet. You can edit the text of the entry, and choose whether you want to share something to your main feed, or directly to one of your groups.
From this dialog, you can also access the permalink and shortened URL for the entry. You can also copy the embed code into your website to display a realtime view of comments and likes.
There are also links at the bottom of the dialog so you can share this entry directly to another one of your services, such as Digg or del.icio.us.
Click on the "Edit" dropdown beneath the entry. You can edit an entry's title by selecting "Edit this entry". If there are comments on your entry, you can also delete specific comments by selecting "Moderate comments".
Just start typing the name in the "To:" box. You can send direct messages to multiple people at the same time. Everyone in the "To" box will be able to see and comment on that entry. Make sure you've deleted "My feed" in the "To:" box to ensure that a direct message is sent only to the intended recipients.
You can also direct message a user by hovering over their name in FriendFeed and clicking on the "Direct message" link that appears on the bottom right corner of their profile card. Right now, you can only send direct messages to people who are subscribed to you. If someone is not subscribed to you, this link will not appear on the card.
If you just want to delete one of your entries, click on the "Edit" dropdown beneath the entry and select the "Delete this entry" option. After an entry is deleted, an "Undo" link will appear until the page is refreshed.
To remove all the entries from a particular service:
Whenever you're posting a message or a link using the text box at the top of your feed, there is a check box to "Cc:" Twitter. If you check this option, you will be asked to log in to your Twitter account. After that, you can choose on a per-post level to have your post show up on both your FriendFeed and your Twitter accounts.
You can also configure additional options for publishing to Twitter—such as also publishing your comments or updates from other services automatically.
For Facebook, you can add the FriendFeed Facebook application. The app will put your FriendFeed on your Facebook profile and in your mini-feed. You will also be automatically subscribed to your Facebook friends who are already using FriendFeed, and your friends on the two services will continue to be kept in sync.
A group is just another feed, but multiple people can contribute to its contents. When creating a new group, you can choose between having a private group, a public group, or a standard feed.
A private group can be ideal for private sharing among collaborators, such as coworkers or a family planning a trip. You can also use these types of feeds for things you're following that you don't want displayed publicly in your list of subscriptions, such as an RSS feed of Amazon.com deal alerts. Private group feeds also don't show up in any public searches.
In public groups, anyone can post messages or comment. They show up in public searches and they're ideal for topics that you want to discuss with anyone, such as basketball or politics. They're also great for events, such as Macworld Keynotes.
Standard feeds are just like other public feeds in FriendFeed, except they can have multiple authors. They're publicly searchable. An organization can use them to publish their stories or press releases, and a user can create one that's about a specific topic that they don't necessarily want to flood their main feed's subscribers with.
Just type your search query in the search box at the top of the page and click the "Search" button. By default, we search over the contents of posts from the feed you're viewing (for example, if you're viewing the feed of a group you're subscribed to and you conduct a search, we will search over all the entries in that group by default).
A dropdown of options including "Search my friends" and "Search everybody" will also appear as you type your search query, and you can use these to search over posts from you and your friends, or from all FriendFeed users.
To get to advanced search, click on the "Search" button without anything in the text box, or on the "Advanced" link once you've done a search.
|from:||return entries from a specific user||from:bret|
|group:||return entries within a specific group||group:movie-reviews|
|friends:||return entries from all of that user's friends||friends:jim|
|service:||return entries from a particular service||service:yelp|
|intitle:||return entries with specific words in the entry title||intitle:pizza|
|incomment:||return entries with specific words in the entry's comments||incomment:awesome|
|comment:||return entries that have been commented on by a specific user||comment:paul|
|comments:||return entries with at least this many comments||comments:10|
|like:||return entries liked by a specific user||like:sanjeev|
|likes:||return entries with at least this many likes||likes:10|
|-||exclude a term (word, user, etc.) from your search||jobs -steve|
|,||perform an OR||from:paul,bret,jim,sanjeev friendfeed|
We wanted to make it easy for you to see the entries that your friends have commented on and liked. So we show these friend-of-a-friend (FOAF) entries, and indicate in the parentheses why you're seeing it in your feed. This is also a fun way to discover interesting new content and people. If you don't like seeing stuff from your friends' friends, you can easily hide these kind of entries.
You can hide any item in FriendFeed by clicking on the "Hide" link beneath that entry.
Once an entry has been hidden, there will be a link to "hide other items like this one." Click this link and you will be presented with additional hiding options, depending on the type of item you wanted to hide. Just make sure to do this from the specific type of entry you want to hide. For example, if you only want to hide the friend-of-a-friend entries from some of your friends, make sure to follow the above steps on one of those entries.
You can view your hidden entries by scrolling to the bottom of your FriendFeed and clicking the "Show hidden entries" link.
Right now, only people you are subscribed to can send you a direct message.
You can block a user by visiting their feed and clicking the "Block" link. After you block another user, you won't see any of their posts or comments on FriendFeed, and they won't see any of your posts. However, they will still be able to see comments that you make on other people's posts and, if your feed is public, they could still read it if they are logged out.
To unblock someone you've already blocked, visit their feed and click on the "Unblock" link. After unblocking a user, you will again be able to view each other's posts and comments, including posts and comments made in the past.
In addition to, or instead of, subscribing to a user's feed, you can also subscribe to their comments and likes separately. From the user's feed, there are links to their comments and their likes near the top right corner, and you can subscribe to comments and/or likes from those pages.
Click on the circular pause icon at the top of your feed. This permanently turns off the updating for that page—even if you log out and log back in—until you press the play icon. In the meantime, you can still see updates by refreshing the page.
Yes! We've got notifications via email, IM and/or a downloadable notifier.
To configure your notification options for any feed or friend list, click on the "Email/IM" dropdown in the colored bar at the top of the feed. Click "view all" to access all your notification options for FriendFeed.
You can also access all your notification options by clicking on "settings" and then "notifications". From this page, you can choose how and when you get notified, such as when there's a new comment on one of your posts or when there are new posts in one of your friend lists. You can even get notified in multiple ways for the same thing.
To stop all notifications, click the "stop all notifications" link at the bottom of the page.
You can do so in two ways:
To manage which of your subscriptions appear in your home feed or on a particular friend list, click on "Friends" and select that list in the dropdown that follows "View:". Once a list has been selected, an "Add/remove friends" link will appear. Clicking on that link will bring up a window where you can add and remove friends in bulk.
When you hover over the top right corner of the orange bar in your "Groups" box, a "prefs" link shows up. Click on that to choose the groups you'd like to see. You can select from the groups that you have posting privileges to (the groups where you don't have posting rights are treated as subscriptions, and they're listed under your "Subscriptions"). By default, we show the groups you interact with most frequently.
|p||Post message (place focus in text box|
|P||Post message (place focus in "To" box)|
|q||Quiet (temporarily pause/unpause real-time)|
|/||Place focus in search box|
|esc||Remove focus from any text box|
|g then h||Go to your home feed|
|g then d||Go to Direct messages|
|g then m||Go to My discussions|
|g then b||Go to Best of day|
If your feed is public, you can use our blog widget to embed your FriendFeed in your homepage or blog. We also have a lot of other widgets for your site, such as a chiclet to link your site's visitors to your FriendFeed, and a "Share on FriendFeed" link to give your readers an easy way to share content from your site to their FriendFeed.
The bookmarklet currently supports two <link> tags:
<link rel="image_src" href="http://example.com/test.jpg"/>
The referenced image will appear as a thumbnail. The user can replace or remove it.
<link rel="video_src" href="http://example.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=0000000"/>
The referenced video will appear as an inline player, if the video site is supported. Currently supported inline sites are:
FriendFeed has limited support for importing Media RSS images. Please make sure the height and width of your media:thumbnails are set. If an appropriately sized image is present, it will be displayed.
Podcasts will appear on FriendFeed if an mp3 is referenced in either a media enclosure or a Media RSS element.
You can view your FriendFeed in your iGoogle homepage, in Facebook with our Facebook application, or in a feed reader. Our Atom feed contains all comments, likes, and thumbnails, as well as detailed Media RSS tags so you can get as good of a FriendFeed experience in your feed reader as you do on the FriendFeed site.
You can delete your imported email contacts by going to http://friendfeed.com/settings/deletecontacts.
Sorry to hear that you no longer want to use FriendFeed. You can delete your account here: http://friendfeed.com/account/delete
Please use our contact form to report spammers. Please note that we only consider someone a spammer if they've posted spammy messages as comments on other people's entries or have posted spammy entries in groups. If they are pulling in spammy items into their own feed, we typically do not take any action against the account.
This is certainly unfortunate. In this case, your best option is to block the user so that you no longer see this content. Our service is comprised of both user-generated and automatically-generated content, and we are not in the practice of removing such content unless it reveals personally identifying information, such as addresses, phone numbers, credit card information, etc.
If you do find instances of users or entries revealing your personal information, please let us know using the contact form, making sure to include the relevant URLs.
We consider impersonation—pretending to be another person or business in order to deceive—a Terms of Service violation and may permanently suspend such accounts. However, we do allow parody impersonation accounts, as long as the parody account makes it obvious that the profile is fake and a joke.
To report an impersonation, please use our Terms of Service contact form and please let us know the legitimate account you would like for us to transfer this username or group to.
If the impersonation does not involve you and you are not legally authorized to act on behalf of the person in question, we will research the problem but we're not obligated to take action against the account reported.
Unfortunately, we are not taking requests for claiming inactive usernames at this time. However, we consider an account to be inactive if it hasn't been logged into or updated in over 6 months, and we may automatically remove inactive accounts.
Please use our Terms of Service contact form. Using a company or business name, logo, or other trademark protected materials in a manner that may mislead or confuse others or be used for financial gain may be considered trademark infringement. Accounts with clear INTENT to mislead others will be suspended. We do not suspend accounts created to help a community or to provide information, but we will work with account owners to remove infringements.
FriendFeed respects the intellectual property of others, and it is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. Please follow our procedures as outlined here: http://friendfeed.com/about/dmca
Note: We do not respond to reports of copyright infringement made via email or our contact form.
Your username becomes your FriendFeed URL. For example, a user who chose the username "bret" would see their feed at http://friendfeed.com/bret. A username must be at least two characters long, and can't have any special characters (such as an "&") or spaces in them.
Did you create your account using the Facebook, Google, or Twitter button on https://friendfeed.com/account/login? If so, it's possible you never created a FriendFeed password or added your email address. To do so, log in to FriendFeed again with the button you used to sign up. Then, go to "settings" and create a password and add an email address.
FriendFeed requires you to verify the email address you used to sign up. Assuming the email you typed in during sign-up was correct, you can look for an email from FriendFeed asking to verify your email address (sometimes these messages accidentally end up in spam folders). You can click a verification link from that email message, and you should be able to sign in using that email from now on.
If you know your password, you can also always sign in using your FriendFeed username (if this user's FriendFeed URL were http://friendfeed.com/bret, his username would be "bret"). Once signed in, go to "settings" and then click on "Add email address". From there, you can re-send a verification email and also add other email addresses.
You can recover your password by entering the email address associated with your account. You will receive a password reset email sent to that address. If you don't receive it, make sure to check your spam folder.
This is often caused by an issue with your browser's cookies settings. Try using a different browser. If that works, try clearing your cookies on your original browser.
Sorry, there was a problem on the server. Some common causes include:
Please refresh and try again. If you continue to have problems, please submit a bug report.
You must first provide FriendFeed with offline access to your Facebook wall. Please visit: http://www.facebook.com/authorize.php?api_key=c12a9d70370d881bc232f45f7f06fe6c&v=1.0&ext_perm=offline_access&next=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.facebook.com%2Ffriendfeed%2Fconnect
Please note that we can only post 10 stories to your Facebook wall per day and that we only post once per "cluster" of entries on FriendFeed.
Please refer to our Facebook help page: http://friendfeed.com/about/facebookimport. However, please note since Facebook recently upgraded their interface, they are no longer allowing users to pull Facebook statuses into other sites. We've released a change to try to get around this. For newer Facebook users, it won't be able to get your Status feed (the key required to view this feed is unique and hidden), but it will be able to get your Links and Notes. Please try it out here: http://friendfeed.com/settings/services/facebook
Sometimes, certain services are slow to update. In particular, del.icio.us bookmarks have taken awhile to update because our crawler is throttled by them due to our higher traffic. Other times, the service itself might be down.
Usually, the best thing to do is to manually update your feeds:
You can also try removing and re-adding a blog or service by clicking on "Remove account" and then following the steps for adding a service to FriendFeed. Please make sure you don't check "Also delete imported entries" or else those entries will not show up once you re-add the service.
First, make sure you have activity in the service you're trying to add. Users will see that error message if they try to add an empty feed. You should also make sure to check your profile on that specific service, in case it's set to "private" or something similar.
If you're experiencing this problem with Amazon wishlists, you may want to double-check that the email address you're using is actually the one associated with your wishlist. Visit the Amazon Wishlist page and make sure your wishlist shows up when doing a search using that email address.
If you're experiencing this problem with Flickr, make sure that your Flickr privacy settings are not set to hide your photos from third party sites. If you need to change this setting:
Sometimes, there are also duplicated names on Flickr due to the Yahoo integration, which means that your username may not be what shows up at the end of your photostream URL. Alternatively, you may want to try using your display name or the email address associated with your Flickr account.
There is likely a problem with the feed. For example, the GUID tag may be the same for all the entries, so they're all being marked as duplicates, and therefore, not showing up. Please try to validate your feed first at http://feedvalidator.org. If your feed validates, please submit a bug report.
We pull the timestamp based on what's in the RSS feed of the service you added. If they are inaccurate, you need to work with that service to fix their RSS timestamps.
First, make sure you are signed into FriendFeed. If you see your name at the top of this page, you are. If not, go sign in and try again.
If you're signed in, you may have third party cookies disabled, which are necessary for the FriendFeed bookmarklet to retrieve your information. To enable them in Firefox:
If the autocomplete still does not work, you may wish to try signing out or deleting your cookies, and then logging back in.
If you are using a Google Apps for Your Domain IM account, make sure that SRV records are set correctly for your domain: http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=60227
Google Talk also requires an exact match on the email address assigned to your account. In some cases, that means you need to use email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org if the former is what you used to register your Google account.
The admin who created the group has probably since deleted their FriendFeed account. Unfortunately we're not currently able to add additional admins to orphaned groups. Sorry for this inconvenience!
Once you delete an entry, we won't re-import it, because we assume you don't want that data in your feed. Unfortunately, once we've purged the data from your account, it cannot be re-imported, even if you add the service back to your feed. Sorry for this inconvenience.