Fixing the Twitter Skew on FriendFeed

First off, I love FriendFeed. Despite the disappointment of many, I think it has some real value. Why?

  1. Aggregation saves me time and gives me an opportunity to see content I probably would have missed.
  2. I can comment back to Twitter and hopefully other services without going there and having to login
  3. I can search across a wide variety of content and users
  4. Its another avenue for me to be more social and meet interesting folks

But I’m not going to get into another “Ways I Like to Use FriendFeed” post. I want to talk about ways of getting more balanced streams of content.

If you’re on FriendFeed, you’ll notice there’s a huge skew towards Twitter posts compared to everything else. I will admit, it’s gotten A LOT better since I first joined FriendFeed, probably due to the extended amount of services FriendFeed now aggregates. Still, I’d like to be able to control what I see in my stream. Most of us are already one Twitter, so let me turn down the volume on the Twitter feed. What if I’d like to see more Google Reader Shares? Let me pump up the juice on that feed. Basically, give me a dashboard like Facebook‘s Story Type slider bars, here’s how I would adjust mine:

FriendFeed Story Slider

I have some other thoughts on FriendFeed as well:

  • When I post a link to FF — make it post everywhere else — or better yet, let me choose where
  • Give me a more granular search — by user, content source, comments, title, etc.
  • Allow me to style the FF widget on my blog

By the way, add me on FriendFeed!

What do you like or don’t like about FriendFeed?

  • Liz

    I hate the twitter feature altogether on FF. I follow you already on twitter, don’t need to be able to see it again inside FF. I can’t log onto Twitter *and* FF. One of them has to go. Commenting back is overrated, that’s what the @reply feature was created. Favorites can be pulled by RSS feed if necessary.

    I think your suggestions above are great though. I am a FriendFeed grouch right now, so I am pretty much on the edge of bailing soon anyway.

  • Liz

    I hate the twitter feature altogether on FF. I follow you already on twitter, don’t need to be able to see it again inside FF. I can’t log onto Twitter *and* FF. One of them has to go. Commenting back is overrated, that’s what the @reply feature was created. Favorites can be pulled by RSS feed if necessary.

    I think your suggestions above are great though. I am a FriendFeed grouch right now, so I am pretty much on the edge of bailing soon anyway.

  • That’s true, but I think a lot of people like myself are even more frustrated with RSS readers — boring plain text with badly formatted images (if there are any) and more subscriptions than we know what to do with.

    FriendFeed definitely has it’s issues, it’s still early but it has potential.

  • That’s true, but I think a lot of people like myself are even more frustrated with RSS readers — boring plain text with badly formatted images (if there are any) and more subscriptions than we know what to do with.

    FriendFeed definitely has it’s issues, it’s still early but it has potential.

  • I think your idea of the “volume” control to display the types of stories you want to see in your FF is an excellent idea. Personally, I’m on Twitter more than almost any other social networking sites, so I get enough Twitter updates. It is the sites that I don’t spend as much time logged into that I would like to get an aggregated friend activity overview of.

    Rebecca Muller’s last blog post..Personalizing Emails – What You Need to Think About

  • I think your idea of the “volume” control to display the types of stories you want to see in your FF is an excellent idea. Personally, I’m on Twitter more than almost any other social networking sites, so I get enough Twitter updates. It is the sites that I don’t spend as much time logged into that I would like to get an aggregated friend activity overview of.

    Rebecca Muller’s last blog post..Personalizing Emails – What You Need to Think About

  • If Friendfeed integrated something similar to the Facebook controls, that would be awesomesauce! Great suggestion Shey!

    Corvida’s last blog post..My 24 Hour Twitter Hiatus Begins Now

  • Thanks Cordiva…oops, em, Corvida! 😛

    @Rebecca I toally agree. Thanks for your feedback!

  • If Friendfeed integrated something similar to the Facebook controls, that would be awesomesauce! Great suggestion Shey!

    Corvida’s last blog post..My 24 Hour Twitter Hiatus Begins Now

  • Thanks Cordiva…oops, em, Corvida! 😛

    @Rebecca I toally agree. Thanks for your feedback!

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