Lately I realized that I'm not using my RSS Reader
as much as before. Instead, I'm reading my friends' activities & recommendations from sites like Twitter, Facebook, Pownce etc,..
I'm not saying that my RSS reader is dead for me (still visiting once a day), but for fast updates it doesn't get any better than my friends themselves. Funny though... I worked hard to create my RSS list, and now it is almost like my friends doing this for me by suggesting interesting links, and in real-time.
It starts with the fact that if you subscribes to a friend feed, it means that you care enough about what he's doing right now, which also includes: What he's reading, thinking or submitting - So you are most likely to get stuff that you want to see and read. But this leads to this question:What is the best platform that lets you see all your friends' updates from a single page?
You may be OK with Twitter, but for people with different groups of friends from several social networks, Twitter is not the best option - BUT it is definitely a service that all the new platforms are taking under consideration (so don't worry, you'll always have your Twitter with you).
I'm pretty sure it was Plaxo-Pulse
that started with the mixed social network page that can show all your friends' updates from in one place, but somehow it didn't get too much attention from the users. I gave it a second look today and noticed that now Plaxo lets you add RSS feeds from even more social network accounts. In fact, their list is the longest from all the services below. The thing that I liked the most is the activities that you can perform from a single status: You can comment, share, hide from your main feed, save as favorite, and more (again, the options are wider than the rest of the services here). Overall it must be the best platform choice, but this can work only if your friends will use it too.
Quite similar to Plaxo-Pulse, the service that enables you to keep up-to-date on web pages/blogs, photos, videos and music that your friends and family are sharing. Like Plaxo-Pulse it also offers ways to discover and discuss information among friends.
So how come FriendFeed
nailed it? I can think of some reasons:
- Simplicity - Clean design (no distractions on the page), easy to operate, good usability
- Imaginary feature - Even if your friends didn't signed-in to FriendFeed, you can still create a mixed feed from their public updates (Blog, Twitter, last.fm etc,.)
- Facebook APP - Saving you time by automatically updating your Facebook profile with stuff that you're going to post anyway: Blog stories, Flickr photos, Youtube videos, Twitties, and many more.
- You can get a daily email of your FriendFeed activity
- Lots of good buzz around the net.
BTW, it's kinda odd that the biggest social network is not listed:
However, if you do want your subscribers to get your Facebook statuses along with the rest of your updates, you can enter the RSS feed for that into the blog option on FriendFeed.
I've tested Socialthing
today and my guessing is that it will be hard on them to hang in there, though they do have a cool feature that enables to sort lifestream by user or time. But since Socialthing allowing to stream from only 5 services at the moment, it can't really give any "fight" to Plaxo or FriendFeed. However, surprisingly, the service gives the ability to see your Facebook friend activities in a very nifty way.
The only one that actually looks like an RSS Reader is Spokeo
, which can aggregate content from blogs that you like, and/or content from your friends at Myspace, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Flickr, and the list is long... They do have some annoying bugs though, that can ruin the whole experience.
Bottom-line: The more you use social networks, the more you have friends. The more you have friends, the more it is harder to follow or update them, .But I'm counting on those services above to make life simpler (at least for me). And if that will not help, somebody already thought about the next solution