FriendFeed: Open For Business
A while back I posted on FriendFeed, a service that pulls in your activity on various other social sites and organizes them in one place. I’ve used the site fairly regularly over the past weeks and will say it’s gotten me hooked in the same way as Twitter.
Anyhow, FriendFeed just pulled down the ubiquitous “beta” and are open for anybody to sign up. They also just closed $5 million in funding.
Things I like about FriendFeed:
- Participation is nearly effortless. I just do what I normally do on other sites and my FriendFeed automagically updates. I can then pop into the site itself from time to time and leave comments.
- The ability to comment and vote “like” on FriendFeed activity is a killer feature. It’s kind of like a backdoor gossip area that will only grow more attractive as more folks come on board.
- The site sticks with a Google / Twitter simplicity with a clean lack of clutter. Plus, it’s fast.
Some challenges I can see:
- I still feel the service is most useful for early adopter types who are already doing tons of stuff on other social sites. Hard to see how the mainstream users with much less stuff going on, will make use of this.
- Facebook recently announced that users will be able to import external events to their Facebook feeds.
Anyhow, now that they’re out of beta, it’s worth checking out. My handle is “webomatica“. Do with that info what you may.
Additional Reading: Louis Gray, TechCrunch, VentureBeat