Twitter is Old and Busted. FriendFeed is the New Hotness.

(This post started as an email to @verso on Twitter, in response to her question “I’m wondering how much longer #pdx will take it from Twitter. “Come on baby, you know I love you” won’t work forever will it? Alternatives?“) I had been trying to reply via Twitter itself, but it’s been either down or eating my updates – oh, the irony!)

FriendFeed finally sucked me in this week. I finally “got” it. It’s the next logical step up from Twitter, because it is a superset of Twitter – I see my friends tweets, often before I do through Twitter itself, and I can reply to them once, and have it go to both places (FriendFeed and Twitter). Plus there’s so much MORE FriendFeed can do – import and show people’s blogs, shared items, photos, etc. It kicks ass, seriously. I highly recommend you give it a try. Twhirl, the popular Twitter client,  works with it (though I haven’t got that working well yet), and is an awesome mobile interface for it for your phone (looks and works great on my iPhone).

The thing that got me to accept it (I’ve been resisting for a while now) was there was finally enough “social gravity” – enough of my network was participating there, and there were conversations happening on FF (a LOT of them) that I was totally missing out on because I was staying completely in Twitter.

It’s not a Twitter-alike, with a few differentiating features (like Jaiku and Pownce). It’s a whole new, better, crack-like way to interact with people. It is the evolution of what Twitter started.

I’m jabancroft on FriendFeed – feel free to subscribe to me. I’m still going to use Twitter as my “micropost” method, until it croaks completely. But in my FriendFeed, you’ll also see my blog posts. photos I upload to Flickr, things I share on Google Reader (with my commentary), and more. And the coolest thing about it all is that there’s CONVERSATION happening around ALL of those things. It’s amazing. I love it.

So come join me. You don’t have to give up Twitter, or Jaiku, or whatever. You can connect them up in FriendFeed. But don’t limit yourself to just one channel of conversation, when you can have so much MORE on FriendFeed. It’s fun, it’s easy, it makes me smarter, and a big part of my network is already there. I’m convinced! 🙂

Update: Phil mentioned below that he posted his comment to this on FriendFeed, and that reminded me of something. If you’re not a FriendFeed user, you’d be missing out on the discussion around this post that’s happening there. That’s why I’ve installed Glenn Slavin’s excellent FriendFeed Comments WordPress Plugin. If you are looking at this post on its own page, where you can see the “normal” comments people have left, scroll down, and you’ll also see the “Likes” and comments that people have left for this post on FriendFeed. Post get sucked up into FriendFeed, and great discussion happens there, but this plugin brings the relevant discussion back here, to the original post, so you don’t miss out if you’re not on FriendFeed. I love it.


11 thoughts on “Twitter is Old and Busted. FriendFeed is the New Hotness.

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  2. Do you think that you could maybe write up a intro or tour of the social features of FriendFeed (and specifically Twitter)? I signed up long, long, long ago and it did not strike me as anything special. It pretty much looked and acted like an RSS reader for social media sites–something that’s great if you are not high-tech enough to be using an RSS reader daily, and something that’s great for discovering what your friends are subscribing to (and your friends’ friends that you might not realize are out there) so that you can add them to your RSS reader. At the time, I did not find anything particularly compelling in there to use routinely.

  3. @Brian – yes, I definitely want to do a feature tour or whatever of why I think FriendFeed rocks. I actually just recorded an episode of the Bit Stories podcast with Brian, where we talked about it, and I’m working on some “social media tools for software engineers” training at work that would benefit greatly from something like that. So keep an eye out! 🙂

    @Phil, you reminded me of something – see the update I posted above, in the original post (about how I’m bringing FriendFeed comments/likes back here to the original post using an awesome WordPress plugin). Thanks! 🙂

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  6. @Pieter – Oh, it’s not dead. Yet. But it’s headed that way, and it makes me sad. I LOVE Twitter, and I’m rooting for them, but this is getting ridiculous, and if I’m honest with myself, it’s time to start looking for alternatives.

  7. I loved your post on this! Now I want to know how you are consuming FF. Is it RSS or through the web page or Fluid or some other way I don’t even know about yet? Twitter really got good for me the minute I took one good look at Twitterrific. As soon as someone else gives me a way to do this in a window in the corner that is not a web page I am SO there.

  8. @Kelly – I’m on the hunt for a good client app for FriendFeed. I, too, am in love with Twitterrific, and honestly, I wish they’d add FF support. I’ve tried Twhirl, which can do FriendFeed, but not very well. I’ve tried Alert Thingy, which is better (it combines Twitter and FF into one stream, then “de-dupes” the Twitter entries). Currently, I’m using a FluidApp site specific browser pointed at the new iPhone interface for FF (, and it’s working pretty well, but I still hop into my FF browser tab for full functionality (you can’t “hide” or “more” from the iPhone interface, and I don’t know why).

    I’m doing lots of research/testing, and I’ll for sure post when I find and settle on the best solution. It could be, at this point, that it doesn’t exist yet. Maybe something new like Mionews? We’ll see…

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