FriendFeed Adds Twitter Replies, Support For More Sites
So despite the huge amount of buzz over the past month, the FriendFeed folks aren’t sitting still. They recently added support for more websites, most notably Disqus, a blog comment service, which I’ve noticed appearing on more and more blogs. Other sites are Library Thing, Last FM, Good Reads, Pownce, ah heck, just look at this line of logos.
FriendFeed’s implementation of Disqus may eventually help alleviate some of the “conversation kidnapping” I wrote about on The Blog Herald. It’s certainly nudging me toward installing Disqus on this blog, too (how’s their spam comment detection?).
But about Twitter support: It’s a fairly big deal. It announces that FriendFeed isn’t just about sucking everyone’s social networking activity in, but also sending it back out where appropriate. Steven Hodson in particular is quite into this, saying it has “sealed FriendFeed as the leader in the social aggregator space”.
I’m intrigued that in order for a site to be included in FriendFeed, they must broadcast user data in RSS and ideally, have an API. That means opening up those “walled gardens.” I personally hope more users will bug the social networking sites they use to set their data free, if only for inclusion on sites like FriendFeed. As for privacy concerns? I personally feel that anything one puts on the web is fair game, and if I as a user am okay with that, the social site should allow my data to be portable. Well, that’s a debate for another day.