7 Features I'd like to see added to Friendfeed

OK, Now that I've used friendfeed for a bit I have some more features I'd like to see. For completeness sake, I'll list the 2 that I had already posted over here as well as several new ones. Again, don't get me wrong, I think the service is great just would like to see it do some more things and help me drink from this firehose.

  1. Automatically dope out parts of your social graph from the services you add. For example, off the top of my head, both flickr and twitter can retrieve your friends list via their APIs. FF should be able to build out your network with that information and, optionally, begin to set up imaginary friends as well.
  2. Export an FOAF, XFN or some other XML file documenting your social graph. Here is the place where you're most likely to document most of your social graph, it would be better if it were portable.Now the new items:
  3. Moving on from 1 and 2... Import an FOAF, XFN file or use those existing networks to build out your FF network. The concept of searching out my friends in a new network is so 2006.
  4. Slice and dice feed by content type. For example, I might be in a mood to check in on all the videos of the folks I'm following.
  5. Grouping friends. While I'm at the office I might want to keep track of my coworkers, etc.
  6. RSS based on the above groups. So I can send the photos taken by my friends over to flickrfan.
  7. Search, Search, Search and dare I say, Search

Edit: This additional list crossed my path on friendfeed (http://techbays.com/2008/03/02/tracking-most-commented-items-in-friendf…) More good things to consider.

    Posted: Mar 2, 2008

RoadRunner Hijacking Mistyped URLs

So, I mistyped a URL this evening and and discovered that RoadRunner is redirecting unregistered domains to it's own linkfarm. I am the worst typist in the world so this must be recent.1) Why is Road Runner allowed to advertise to me based on me mistyping a URL? This would be like the phone company running an advertisement instead of a this number is not in service message when you misdial the phone.2) It occurs to me that an ISP who does this has little incentive to improve their DNS service (the server that converts the website name we type into the numbers the computers use). We've moved from the days that DNS propagation took days to now when it takes minutes.3) It is interesting to my that this is a yahoo search, instead of using using search.aol.com (which uses google). The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.4) How long until 402s, 403s, and 404s are hijacked to?Yes, I know opendns does this as well, but you don't pay for that service and it's in their original ToS.

    Posted: Mar 1, 2008

You know what's Odd...

Going to a Pizza Place and getting something with meat on a Friday in Lent.

    Posted: Feb 29, 2008

Reactions to Playing with FriendFeed

I've been playing with FriendFeed the last couple of days after seeing posts from folks like Scoble. I've long discussed the need for the "great Web 2.0 presence aggregator". It's something I've considered writing it, although I've never had the time nor the web design skills (I can do functional, just not pretty). Now that I've played with it it's about 75% of what I envisioned.
The system provides a clean interface for seeing all the activity of your friends in one place. This is more people centric, so a person can have any number of web 2.0 services attached to his account which are presented coherently and logically.
One interesting feature is the inclusion of "imaginary friends". Unlike Mr Snuffelupagus, everyone will admit that imaginary friends exist (yes, I know that Mr. S is now seen by everyone on Sesame Street, but from my youth he is still imprinted as Big Bird's imaginary friend) . The purpose behind them is to allow you to follow folks who have not yet subscripted to FriendFeed. A friend of mine asked how this compares to just adding the person's feeds to an RSS reader. The people centric nature of FF is more coherent and a better approach, IMHO.
FriendFeed supports a number of the popular web 2.0 services including Digg, Google Reader, Reddit, del.icio.us, Furl,, Ma.gnolia, StumbleUpon, Gmail/Google Talk Status, Jaiku, Pownce, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, SmugMug, Zooomr, Blog, Tumblr, iLike, Last.fm, Pandora, Amazon Wishlists, Google Shared Stuff, LinkedIn, Netflix Queue,Upcoming, and Yelp. Addionally you can add any RSS feed to the service (your blog, any new web 2.0 service that's created, etc). There is a facebook app which presents my presence rather nicely and effectivly removes a number of boxes from facebook, replaced by one consistant interface,
Where I really like the look and feel of thie beast there are a couple of pieces missing. Since I have provided FriendFeed with accounts I have on a number of social networks, why can't FriendFeed do reverse lookups to determins who's already there. For example, if I have Scoble listed as a friend in twitter, why doesn't FriendFeed automagically hunt him down and ask if I want to add him? The process of finding all my contacts one more time and adding them is rather annoying.
Also, It would be really nice if this thing produced an FOAF file or added XFN style links so it ties into the semantic web better.
I can be found at http://friendfeed.com/nibbler
BTW, this is my first real post with Qumana's Q-Editor so don't be surprised if things look a little different. I'm checking it out for a friend and will probably post on it later.

    Posted: Feb 28, 2008


OK, I am bowing to the pressure and checking out friendfeed (the great web2.0 presence aggregator). I'll let you all know in the next few days... in the mean time


Observation 1:
If I'm telling friendfeed about the other social sites I'm on, why can't it dope out who some of my friends are based on reverse lookup?

    Posted: Feb 26, 2008

Social Graph - 1st Draft

OK, the first draft of my Social Graph Page is up. It's rather rudimentary. I'll be pulling data out of my other socnets and inputting them into the database in the next couple of days.

Right now it's only generating XFN compatible links... soon I'll have an FOAF file generated as well. Once I'm happy with it I'll post the code for the module.

I'm still importing contacts, so don't feel slighted if you're not on there (if you want to be, feel free to email me).

    Posted: Feb 23, 2008

Documenting my Social Graph

OK... after a bunch of waiting I have decided to embrace the semantic web and document my social graph. After a ton of debating I have decided to use both XFN and FOAF. There are a number of reasons for this.

I am currently managing most of my social graph in LinkedIN and Facebook (see my Social Networks page for links). Where this is nice; the question of who owns my social graph. The more I use facebook, the more I crave something more open so I can play with it more.

Recently google released a social graph API. I know that as google gets more actively involved things will take off, so now it the time to get working on it.

As stated in this article XFN and FOAF are different approaches to documenting one's social graph and I can see benefits to both.

Being agnostic on the XFN vs FOAF front will give me a little more exposure, which can be interesting.

I am working on building a drupal module that will build my links list on the right as well as build a FOAF module (I'll post in the lab section when I'm done). In the mean time expect to see some changes under the covers and more information soon.

    Posted: Feb 21, 2008