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Bret Taylor
The Secret Behind The Real-Time Web - YouTube -
The Secret Behind The Real-Time Web - YouTube
Ross and Dan made this video to illustrate the advanced technology we use behind the scenes at FriendFeed. (Ross and Dan, you are amazing - I can't believe how awesome this thing turned out) - Bret Taylor from Bookmarklet
How very creative. This is very fluid and cool. - Louis Gray
OK, not exactly what I was expecting, but very cool. - Kevin Arth
Anyone have the video somewhere other than Youtube? it's banned here in Turkey and I can't wait until we get home (next month) to watch it!! - Chris Myles
This is awesome! - Christopher Chung
with a community like this - you just can't roll-it into f.b.. keep the dream alive! - michael sean wright
:O - Josh Haley
Amazing, thanks for that! - dkb
According to Ross, they used about 1030 individual pictures in the final version. Stop motion is a lot of work :) - Bret Taylor
Sure, sure--give away all the secrets. (Are those Lego dudes union?) - Kathy Fitch
very creative. wonder how long it took to do that stop-action? - berchman
Ross's best work so far ! great job Ross - goutham
Major props to Ross and Dan. FriendFeed lives on - Shane
That's priceless. Great job, guys. - John Craft
This is superb. I just showed it to my 5 year old son who enjoys Lego and has already taken some great photos, including one or two of his toys. So now he has the seed of the idea that, in time, he could take multiple stills and put them together to make moving pictures. Thank you very much for posting it and giving me and him that opportunity. Maybe, he might use FriendFeed one day too! - John W Lewis
Great project! - Anne Bouey
AWESOME! - Kevin Fox
I think they need to make a full stop-motion version of the Matrix in legos. Now THAT would be awesome. I wonder what bullet-time looks like in LEGO? - Bret Taylor
i'd pay to see the stop animation lego matrix, but not the sequels - patrick
"Equipment Generously Provided By Casey Muller" - hahaha!! THIS IS AWESOMESAUCE!!! I love the creative energy and vibe in this video... LOTS of work went into that one! Thanks guys!! :) - Susan Beebe
Genius, how much time did that all take? - Wayne Hornsey
Chris Myles: if you want ot - DM me an address and I'll mail you a copy. - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
That is so awesome - Glenn Slaven
happy-making! - Felicia Yue
I am more proud than ever for being a FriendFeeder :) - Arvind
Wow!!!!! - Mona Nomura
Excellent!! - Kol Tregaskes
That's great! - Devon Govett
Cool! The friendfeed's manufactury - Benedetto Vacca
неплохо, неплохо! Продолжение будет? - atner
hahaha very nice stop motion and music! - Alex man
FULL OF WIN - Jac Falcon
might I remind everyone that we are still loving FrF ^__^ - Peter Fedin
Peter +1. - Ahmet Yükseltürk
This is very cool and interesting, thanks for sharing! - Sarah Stamos
I do love this video and all the time Dan and Ross put in to it. - Kevin Fox
Thanks, Kevin! :D - Dan Hsiao
I love that this got bumped!! - Rachel Lea Fox
Me too Rachel! \o, Long live the Real-Time Web! - Zu from AOD
The (original) LEGO Movie - Kevin Fox
bump - Laura Norvig
Kevin Fox
It's been 2.5 years since Facebook acquired Friendfeed. Let's raise a glass for a moment and give thanks that the service is still running. I can't think of another acquired service that has continued on so well in a mothballed state.
This message motivated by the announcement that AOL is shutting down Brizzly after 18 months. - Kevin Fox
You guys really designed it well! *cheers* - Spidra Webster
I wonder how long it will stay open after the IPO exodus? - Todd Hoff
friendfeed kapanacakmış :/ - feraye
I am still in awe at how well FriendFeed was designed and implemented. Even mothballed, it remains light years ahead of the rest. Well done, Ana, Ben, Ben, Bret, Casey, Dan, Gary, Goutham, Jim, Kevin, Paul, Ross, Sanjeev and Tudor! - Stephen Mack
Yup. Even with little maintenance, it's still a better tool than anything else out there. Yet people keep going to whatever the "new black" is... - Spidra Webster
Stephen +1 - Ahmet Yükseltürk
The FriendFeed team are like prophets of social networking interfaces or something and don't seem to get credit for it. It's amazing how all the hot new ish is still borrowing from FriendFeed and FriendFeed's illegitimate children. - Rahsheen
shhhhhh! someone at FB will hear you and remember it's still going! ;) - holly #ravingfangirl
I'm glad it's still here. I hope we continue, unnoticed in a dark corner of the Internet and the Facebook data center. - Eric - Final Countdown
Stephen, I liked that you alphabetized the employee roster, but you need to swap #2 and #3. - Kevin Fox
Kevin: Good catch. Fixed. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Excellent. - Kevin Fox
I imagine it's quite like this: - Akiva
ditto Rah. - Jim #teamFFrank
Love it, Akiva! "We've switched off the datacenters one by one and FF is still running. *shrug* So be it." - Kevin Fox
I really wish I'd trusted those folks who speculated that things would keep cranking along... I'd actually have suggested FF as a platform for a couple different online communities. You suppose we're at a steady state at this point? - Ken Sheppardson
Has anybody heard Bret mention FF lately? - Ken Sheppardson
He sometimes wakes up from a deep sleep with the word 'FriendFeed' on his lips. He's usually covered in sweat. Don't ask me how I know this. - Akiva
I'm one of the folks who speculated that things would keep cranking along. But I also thought Facebook would succeed in bringing a near-FriendFeed experience to Facebook in two years. I was wrong about that. Today I'm concerned that the original team doesn't use it as much -- Paul comes in and Likes things (April's gone), Bret is barely here. I think it would be easy for FB to let it go. But I'm thankful it's lasted this long. - Bruce Lewis
Would be pretty killer if they got around to open sourcing the whole thing. - Ken Sheppardson
YES (all of the above) - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Ken, isn't that Tornado? - Akiva
FeedBurner? :) - Louis Gray
Louis, was Feedburner mothballed when it came into Google? - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Mothball would be a fantastic name for a newfangled service. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
It is really amazing. And, AJ, I loved your post. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
What Stephen says. :-) - Maitani
Akiva: No, Tornado's just part of the system. I want to install a turn-key, behind the firewall FriendFeed system in much the same way I'd install Wordpress or Drupal. - Ken Sheppardson
FF like service for companies? Groups for projects and depts... - Me
Yep. I'd kill to have FriendFeed in place of IRC, Campfire, Yammer, etc... Although come to think of it, Yammer might be the closest. - Ken Sheppardson
Yammer doesn't look like its self-hostable which I know many enterprises would prefer to control and "own" the data. - Me
Ha-ha, Micah, Mothball is a great name for some kind of cloud storage! As far as FF NOT being mothballed, it may have something to do with Bret having a soft spot for it and his being so high up in the Facebook hierarchy. - Laura Norvig
I like to imagine the friendfeed servers being like WOPR from War Games 2. Sitting all alone in some remote location, completely forgotten, nobody has any idea what it really is, just chugging along. - April Russo (FForever!)
I just remember how excited I was when this tool started out. Now I essentially use the e-mail digests to see the latest posts, but haven't had the heart to discontinue them. The service definitely struck a chord with many of us. - Phil Ashman
Cheers!! - Starepolsky smok
Facebook is down (in Europe, at least), but FriendFeed is up. :) - Jemm
Ken, self-hosted FriendFeed would really interesting for companies. Yes, yammer works (we use it,) but isn't a *great* real-time conversation tool what one would really want? Add to that owning the data and it's a winner. Based on its performance in "mothballed" state, I'd hope the person $$ in administration would be low, too... - Eric Borisch
Maybe we shouldn't have said anything. Seems flakey today. Maybe they're getting things cleaned up to release it as OSS! :-) - Ken Sheppardson
Ilya Grigorik
clever use of nginx.. outbound API rate limits and caching:
joshua schachter
i love that in 2011 yahoo announces an android app for flickr and amazon announces an android tablet.
Amit Patel
Cleaner FriendFeed (OLD FriendFeed) - Themes and Skins for Friendfeed - -
Cleaner FriendFeed (OLD FriendFeed) - Themes and Skins for Friendfeed -
Those were the days ... I remember how useless we thought it was to have avatars next to our posts when they added that. And how much we missed the ease of filtering by post type. - Laura Norvig from iPod
Ilya Grigorik
Redis at Disqus | Brett Hoerner's blog -
Bill de hÓra
programming costs money, engineering saves money
Bret Taylor
If Games Had Super-Easy Mode - CollegeHumor video -
If Games Had Super-Easy Mode - CollegeHumor video
Excellent. So glad they included Battletoads - Louis Gray
Agreed. Battletoads was so frickin' hard, especially with 2 players. :) - Dan Hsiao
FUn Game - Srinu
LOL - Andrew David - alghinnah nu'man
we come in peace :))))))))))) - Circle
The New York Times
Style: The Chanel Lion Roars - -
Style: The Chanel Lion Roars -
80 of the Best Linux Security Applications - LinuxLinks News #security #flosstools -
80 of the Best Linux Security Applications - LinuxLinks News #security #flosstools
"80 of the Best Linux Security Applications" - ovigia from Bookmarklet
Jeremy Zawodny
Adewale Oshineye
Evan Williams
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein
"Justin Bieber is your largest trending topic of all time" - Me - Johnny from iPhone
Louis Gray
I miss FriendFeed's glory days.
These are the glory days - I will never forget them :-) - Jesse Stay
This link reminds me of some of the highlights: - Louis Gray
I only had one with > 100 likes :-(: - Jesse Stay
Mo's are great. Now, I recognize mine is a self-beneficial link. It was just one way to look at some more popular items. - Louis Gray
Mine was totally self-beneficial :) I forgot FF had this functionality - Mo Kargas
Friendfeed is great. - Steve Chou
So now FriendFeed is inglorious? :) - Dawn
Louis, it's ok to be nostalgic. It's also ok to let go. And it's also ok to to hold on tight. As for me, I think I've gone to both places, and where I am at the moment depends on the day. FriendFeed is people. I've got one 100+ comment post . — Sincerely, A Friend. - Micah
FriendFeed IS what Web 2.0 is suppose to be all about. A Social Tool that fosters fluid social interaction with interactive information sharing, interoperability and collaboration. It's a tool that really allows you to establish friendships with new people without being overloaded due to it's design (unlike Buzz). Many may have left and the volume may be lighter but it's still my favorite tool in general and I still see quality threads come in here. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
Ditto what Mark said! - Chris Myles
I don't have any with 100+ likes, but Kevin has some good ones: - Stephen Mack
FriendFeed is dead... long-live FriendFeed! - .LAG liked that
I'm not in the 100+ club, but here's my most liked: - Nathan Chase
I barely got any likes but FriendFeed is great. - Ashish
me too - Thomas Power
Remember when FF regularly added features and its users argued about whether like should be labeled "like"? - Carter ♥ JS from iPhone
It was grand. Still enjoying it, but in a subdued way now. - Hutch Carpenter
Louis: SUWGOMH. That is all. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I'm here every day, and barely interested in any other site. As Billy Joel once said, the good old days weren't always good and tomorrow's not as bad as it seems. - Jim #teamFFrank from iPhone
I agree with Louis but I'm quick to add that the experience is just different now. - Akiva
I agree with Akiva who agrees with Louis. This isn't a "XX is dead" post. Just a sigh. - Louis Gray
Oh me toooo! Can we make it happen again ?? - Charlie Anzman
We can't get them to add features to the core product, but people can write new things with the API and add features to the content creation sites that feed here. - Bruce Lewis
CW, I'm feeling more positive than befits those lyrics. - Bruce Lewis
I don't know, my experience is just as rich as it's ever been. Maybe I'm just easy to please. - Jim #teamFFrank
These are the salad days. Hopefully we never reach the 'toss my salad' days. - Morgan
As long as there are bacon bits in the salad, I'm good. - Jim #teamFFrank
... that and a nice balsamic vinaigrette. - Jim #teamFFrank
that's the problem of online communities - they cannot move. It doesnt matter how good the community is now, people just wont agree to move to the same place as one... They fragment, people move, new ones form, but large groups just never manage to move as one to a new platform. You get fond memories, and happy surprises when names reappear on another community later. - Iphigenie
If by glory days you mean a the most kicking ass social activity aggregator a great community...well that hasn't changed...unfortunately the future of said kickass service and it's evolution could be construed as the missing link...don't mind me i'm drank. - Mark Krynsky
Yeah, we don't have Robert Scoble anymore, but we do have a lot of value. - Bruce Lewis
It's just that for many people this is no longer the primary aggregator and integration platform, and as a result conversations have slowed down, happen less, and are more often about "fun stuff" - still a good place, but not as stimulating and mind opening as it once was for me - Iphigenie
same here - Zahra HB
Me too :) - CantorJF
What! Aren't we living them now? - Jeff P. Henderson
joshua schachter
Computational Complexity of Air Travel Planning -
Ahmed Magdy - US Air Force builds supercomputer using PlayStation 3s - - US Air Force builds supercomputer using PlayStation 3s
Peter Norvig
Bill Gates: Why We Need Innovation, Not Just Insulation -
Bill Gates gets it right... - Peter Norvig from Bookmarklet
tsk first thing we should do is what we already can do,...everything else is just blabla. the usa needs to get their stuff together and start modernizing. - Chris Hofmann
I'm going to go out on a limb here and disagree with both Bill Gates and Peter Norvig. First of all, it's vastly oversimplifying things to say that "the key one to achieve is 80% by 2050." What matters is not just the long-term rate of CO2 emissions but the amount of CO2 accumulated in the atmosphere. If we don't achieve a 30% reduction by 2025, we'll need to achieve a 90% reduction by 2050 to make up for it. (Numbers are completely made up, but you get the idea.) - Jim Norris
Second, the relevant innovations are not likely to be in the form of zero-marginal-cost Windows service packs. Both transportation and electricity generation are hugely capital intensive, so there's going to be a long lag time between when some new approach gets discovered in a lab and when the last coal power plant is replaced by a magical midichlorian-fueled plant. Any efficiency improvements on the usage side will dramatically shorten the time it takes for new technologies to replace old ones. - Jim Norris
"My point is not to denigrate efficiency. Slowing the growth of CO2 ppm is of course a good thing. And there are of course lots of cheap, and in many cases self-funding efficiency gains to be made. We should at the least fix market barriers and dysfunctions that prevent these gains from being realized. " - Mona Nomura
Third, innovation in power generation doesn't appear to have a constant rate of progress a la Moore's law—there's no clear reason to expect it to happen by 2050 but not by 2025. In fact, a lot of the necessary technologies (renewable electricity generation, plug-in hybrid cars) are already around today, and I think it would be a mistake to not pursue them because something better might... more... - Jim Norris
And I find it hard to believe that Huffington Post articles would be a better way to "make it clear to people what really matters" and avoid the danger that "people will think they just need to do a little bit and things will be fine" than actually investing in things that make a concrete difference today, or implementing a cap-and-trade or carbon-tax system that aligns economic... more... - Jim Norris
So what exactly is Gates arguing for, and against? He's for a "distributed system of R&D with economic rewards for innovators and strong government encouragement" but against talk about "renewable portfolios[…] and cap and trade", the kinds of distributed systems and government encouragements that would make investments in innovation actually pay off? He's afraid that "people will think... more... - Jim Norris
It just sounds like he's shooting down a straw man and putting up a deus-ex-machina in its place. Maybe it just sounds that way to me though. As with plug-in hybrids, your mileage may vary. - Jim Norris
I don't know about you, but I always get my science advice from the HuffPo. Especially medical science. - Mr. Gunn
HuffPo just reposted from gatesnotes ...and at this point, awareness is key. Publishing on HuffPo and the public sharing the pieces across respective networks is better than nothing. Especially, when we take into account the US' participation towards an international political framework; specifically, G8. - Mona Nomura
Gates didn't say "no insulation", he said "not just insulation". I took his argument to be an instance of Amdahl's Law: if we want to get to an 80% improvement, don't concentrate on an area that only accounts for a small percentage of the overall problem. - Peter Norvig
From my perspective, which is objective and unbiased, Gates sees environmental advocates pushing solutions like home insulation and proper tire inflation as not particularly helpful and distracting from the bigger problems. I've never gotten the impression anywhere that we were concentrating on insulation as a big part of the solution; rather it's a technologically simple remediation... more... - Jim Norris
But it's not the 80% solution, and I don't know of anyone claiming that it would be. Beyond those low-or-negative-cost 20% measures, the possibilities are less certain. I think there's a pretty broad consensus that we'll need both short-term/cheap/safe/incremental and long-term/expensive/risky/innovative measures. I think Gates has a point that we need to be concentrating on the latter... more... - Jim Norris
Since we have and we'll need both short- and long-term efforts, if Gates thinks that we're taking the wrong approach for the 2050+ date, it would make a lot more sense for him to criticize our current long-term strategy that he wants to change, rather than the short-term strategy that is mostly irrelevant. Maybe we focus on the short-term because that's what we can watch being done now... more... - Jim Norris
His "bold new plan" boils down to "a distributed system of R&D with economic rewards for innovators and strong government encouragement". That is rather vague but useful starting point. Right now we have at least one system that works this way: the so-called free market, wherein people are endowed with the right to take their own pursuit of ecological happiness, and successful... more... - Jim Norris
Is that what he's advocating? Or another approach that involves government funding of various large research projects investigating the underlying science and technology and commercializing useful inventions developed therein, like Google? Or more innovative systems of innovation, such as contests like the X-Prizes or DARPA Grand Challenges, or micro-grants to tiny energy startups along... more... - Jim Norris
Sean McBride
Bret Taylor
Amazon Web Services Blog: The Economics of AWS -
Amazon Web Services Blog: The Economics of AWS
"Customers have had to do a lot of leg work to compare the costs of a flexible solution based on cloud computing to a more traditional static model... To that end, today we released a pair of white papers and an Amazon EC2 Cost Comparison Calculator spreadsheet as part of our brand new AWS Economics Center." - Bret Taylor from Bookmarklet
I wish they had a 'personal edition' of s3. The cost of a TB on S3 is ridiculous - Phill Price from iPhone
Ryan Rosario
RT @leoniedu: I didn't know the full pdf of "Elements of Statistical Learning" was online. Very good book!
Jeremy Zawodny
I still remember when Search in Gmail was fast. Do you?
Ryan Rosario
RT @semanticvoid: Jon Kleinberg's latest book on Networks, Crowds and Markets (complete pre-publication version) -
The New York Times
U.S.C. 18, Ohio State 15: Trojans Drive Past Buckeyes
FIght On! - Sidharth Shah
Jeremy Zawodny
The New York Times
UrbanEye: Dumpster Pool Party - -
UrbanEye: Dumpster Pool Party -
joshua schachter
Coder Girl - an ode to female programmers
Coder Girl - an ode to female programmers
Amr Awadallah
Congrats @mikeolson for @Hadoop car license plate, super cool :) - RT @mikeolson: - New tags on the ride @cloudera.
Amr Congrats @mikeolson for @Hadoop car license plate, super cool :) - RT @mikeolson: - New tags on the ride @cloudera.
Stuart Woodward
Mike Bracco
Google announces the Google Chrome OS. Huge Announcement! Would love to hear peoples' opinion about how this is going to effect things going forward. -
Google announces the Google Chrome OS. Huge Announcement! Would love to hear peoples' opinion about how this is going to effect things going forward.
It's all just ones and zeros. ;) - Victor Panlilio
It's great news. My thoughts are in - Paul Buchheit
This is essentially an OS for Cloud Computing. I think this is game changing for consumers and businesses alike. In five years time 90% of people will be using operating systems like this. - Rahim Hirani
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