Mike Fruchter Invades FriendFeed

Mike is actually a wonderful person to follow if you use friendfeed, I just thought this was a little ironic.  Friendfeed has many uses and like one of them is to promote your own work and you can bump it to the top of the feed and at the same time let people know you appreciate them sharing your work.

Mike Fruchter Invades Friendfeed

Mike Fruchter Invades Friendfeed

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FriendFeed – Just A Baby Step

This post was crossposted on FPettit.com. I will be cross-posting all of my content on the KnightKnetwork and FPettit.com for a while.

FriendFeed is all the rage. I am trying it of course. I am not so interested in Lifestreaming as having many sites information all in one place. It is an aggregator. Aggregation is a time saver. Really that is what Google Reader is all about. A feed reader is just aggregating content. The inline commenting in FriendFeed is very cool. The new conversation aspect is cool. The post back to twitter is cool too.  FriendFeed is a cool site and must for now.  I like FriendFeed.

But everyday I read another article about how to deal with information glut. Today I read an article about the lack of new content. Scoble mentioned how blogging had changed since last year. The point is that new content is hard to find.

What’s next? I dunno but it will be called by some catch phrase buzz word. Not sure what it will be called and I know it does not matter. What’s next for feed reading and for information processing? Not sure who has the answer. One would think it would be Google. Not a bunch of former Googlers. In any case I am tired of the baby steps but such is life.

I am confident that 5 years from now progress will win out and we will read and disseminate what is important to us and leave the rest.

This directly has to do with what I call 10 minute time. I have a half written post about 10 minute time saved as a draft from 6 months ago. In a nutshell I want to spend 10 minutes and read what is important and interesting to me. I only want to spend 10 minutes. My life is not the web. The web is great and I hope the future will hold the answer to this information overload.

By the way this post is not new content either just an observation to be recorded on this day.


Google Reader Future for Comments and Collaboration

feed-705596.pngScoble gave his feedback on the recent enhancements in Google reader. The reader team added social networking functionality as we have all seen. It really got me thinking. So here goes. What if I could correspond with friends within Google Reader. I know it is the “Inbox for the Web” but I want an extension of my Gmail inbox fully in Reader. For example, when you click the email button at the bottom of a post you can email to a friend. But, they receive that email in Gmail. How about a Inbox for Reader email within Reader? Send and receive emails related to Reader in Reader. Powered by Gmail it would label (tag) all mails sent and received from Reader with a Reader label. Many people use reader as a tool for blog research. Blog collaborators could then more easily exchange info.

Scoble does make a positive point with no. 14 on his list. “While I’m at it, I’d love to add a comment onto each item so I could tell you why I thought it was important.” This is one things that draws me to Fav.or.it. Inline commenting the way fav.or.it describes it is cool. But commentary or notations within Reader for your friends only would be great also. Commenting of both types would be the best. Google Reader comments in my view would allow you to post a comment in at least 4 ways. 1 as a simple private notation for the user. 2 as a collaborative comment for friends. 3 as a comment for the world on the shared items blog. 4 as a comment for the author of the post inline (as Fav.or.it describes) . Commenting functionality is a necessary next step to Google Reader.

The Google Reader enhancements of the last few days although raw are for the better. I certainly hope that Fav.or.it, Bloglines, and any future competitor with a creative feature set will continue to push and challenge Google reader. I am confident that the Reader team will respond with enormous benefits to the end user.