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May 24, 2008


Zach Hofer-Shall

We just started to have this conversation on Twitter- but I thought I'd be a bit more social with my media and add my thoughts to your blog.

Completely agree. I joined FriendFeed very, very recently and had the exact same reaction. (disclaimer: I don't "get it" yet so my opinion is somewhat weak)

But coming from the point of view of someone who reads thousands of blog posts a day (I do this for a living...), I should be able to look at a social aggregating service as a simplification. But FF just seems like more noise to me.

The concept sounds good on paper, but is fundamentally flawed: reducing the clutter by putting everything in one pile just makes it too big a stack to sort through. When feeds are separated I find it easy to dedicate time to each and fly through them- but when it's all jumbled around all over the place it's simply overwhelming. It's just watching this pile build up until it topples over.

At least that's how I see it. I'd be interested to talk to a poweruser to see how they've organized things.

And lastly, Twitter is great because of its simplicity. Messages organized by time, 140 chars a slot. That's it. At least for the 60% of the time it's working...

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