Interesting piece on Friendfeed. I’ve never looked at it, but will based on this article. Connectivity is increasing, or is it? Are we truly connected via social networks? Friendfeed appears to be a combination of Facebook, Twitter and instant messaging. If you need a label, it’s a social networking aggregator.
So, here’s a summary. The father of the best web email program on the planet [Google mail] believes that a real-time streaming interface for simplified aggregation of conversation and content from all around the web is going to join the handful of tools we use regularly, like email, IM and blogging.
The biggest question still remaining? Facebook. Buchheit on Facebook:
“Facebook is still very much a closed world of its own. That’s sometimes useful, but other times I want the ability to interact with the outside world and also other systems. For example, if I post something on FriendFeed about a product that I’m using, often someone working on that product (or very knowledgeable about it) will join in on the conversation. That kind of thing can’t happen on Facebook. [Because cross-site search is limited by default privacy restrictions. -ed.] FriendFeed also interoperates much more smoothly with other systems, so I can easily import my blog posts, receive updates via email or IM, or post messages on to Twitter. Things I post on Facebook are not allowed to leave Facebook (except under very strict terms that require deletion within 24 hours, which is why clients such as Seesmic can interface with it, but services such as FriendFeed have a harder time).”