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August 20, 2008


Ari Herzog

Hi Adam, I'm slightly confused how this portal you're asking for is different than, say, FriendFeed, a social network aggregator that allows one to see any social media action performed on any network that is set up to be shared.

Or, are you suggesting in lieu of different social networks that perform different functions and cause you to update your status more than once, that you would prefer typing it in one location and having a reverse RSS go out and disseminate your status to applicable networks? Because that is already an option, as you can use tools like Twhirl to update Twitter, Pownce, and Jaiku simultaneously.

Adam Cohen

Hi Ari,
I like the concept of Friendfeed a lot and it's a good start. I wish I could do the same functionality as Friendfeed in Facebook with a much more functional UI/email/etc.

The main features I would look for:
1) One profile to maintain
2) One list of contacts/connections
3) One place to view the activity

Friendfeed is probably the best thing out there so far but only covers 2 and 3 - and most of my contacts are in Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn - not in FF. Now add in other niche networks and I have to go there for 1, 2 and 3 related to that network...it's watering down the value in the social networks I'm already invested in.

Thanks for the thoughts!

Dennis McDonald

My concern is a bit different. I don't mind multiple signups, and I don't think it makes sense to move "friends" from one network to another given the different focus that each network has. My greater concern is participation and comment creation. I care a lot about commenting, and having one more place to interact and create content is a real barrier for me. I don't know how common this is though.

Ari Herzog

Adam: Have you looked at ping.fm? It doesn't answer your question, per se, but it does enable you with a single action to update your status messages on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Friendster, Bebo, Plurk, and about 20 other social networking sites.

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