Now Featuring the FriendFeed Plugin

June 19th, 2008 15 Comments

I’ve been using FriendFeed off and on since last Fall. I go through phases with it, using it intently for a couple days, then forgetting to check it. Very much like my Twitter use.

One thing I like about FriendFeed is that it exposes content to a much wider audience, via network effects, e.g. people like VoyagerFan5761 would probably never have stumbled into AppsLab without cross-pollination thanks to FriendFeed.

Commenting on FriendFeed opens the conversation normally reserved to your blog readers to others in the extended network. However, the conversation becomes fragmented as some people comment on FriendFeed and others comment directly on the blog post.

A few months ago, Glenn Slaven (thanks!) wrote a WordPress plugin to unite the comments in a single view, and I’ve finally got it installed and running here on our little blog. You’ll see it right above the Disqus comments section of the post page.

Alas, there’s not a huge amount of commentary on our posts, but here’s an example of what FriendFeed activity looks like:

I think there’s a lag time between publishing here and publishing the entry to FriendFeed. So, it may take a bit for the plugin to show for a new post, like this one.

If you’re using FriendFeed, your comments will appear on the correct post here, as will any replies made on FriendFeed. If you’re not using FriendFeed, give it a whirl. It’s a nice way to aggregate information, engage in conversation and discover new content.

Plus, its uptime would make Michael Krigsman proud :)


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15 Responses to “Now Featuring the FriendFeed Plugin”

  1. ontarioemperor Says:

    I read somewhere that Intense Debate is able to incorporate FriendFeed comments, but I don't know the details. Presumably Disqus will match this feature at some point.

    And I just picked up a handy dandy tip yesterday from Louis Gray – if your items aren't showing up in FriendFeed, you can manually refresh the feed to get them to show. See the discussion at http://solyoung.disqus.com/friendfeed_items_not_updating/.

  2. Jake Says:

    Since this plugin works for me (a WP user), I'd prefer that Disqus fix other items like trackbacks (historic too) and im/export of comments. I can see why non-WP users like you might put this higher tho :)

  3. Andy C Says:

    Yes. I've seen this FF/WP plugin in use elsewhere (The Inquisitr and WinExtra) and it's interesting.

    However, even with Show/Hide, it does clutter up the clean design of this blog slightly IMHO.

    I normally read this blog in GR/FF and if I was going to post a comment, I would probably do it from the comfort of FF simply because it is so easy.

    For more lengthy comments, I tend to comment here on the blog (more so since it has been Disqus enabled).

  4. Jake Says:

    That's why I wanted the plugin, for FF comments. They do tend to be shorter, but equally interesting.

    How long before Reader has a comments plugin? That would rock.

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  6. JC John SESE Cuneta (謝施洗) Says:

    Hi Jake,

    Try gReader http://reader.disqus.com/ It's a Firefox plugin that will put Disqus to each feed you are reading via Google Reader.

    And I agree, there seems to be a delay with FriendFeed, it's a minute or two so far. For me, a b2evolution user, Disqus+FriendFeed works like a charm ^_^

    Can't agree more on this:

    For more lengthy comments, I tend to comment here on the blog (more so since it has been Disqus enabled).

  7. Jake Says:

    Thanks for the gReader tip. I'll check it out; I'm still searching for a good way to get FriendFeed and blog comments integrated. RWW showed off an MT plugin that puts FF comments inline (not sure how it handles likes). That would be nice. Glenn's plugin may do that already, but I haven't had a chance to tweak it yet.

  8. JC John SESE Cuneta (謝施洗) Says:

    Yah, Im also looking for those. I guess we already have to create our own codes for that using the API hehe, I wish I have time to study the API tho.

  9. Jake Says:

    Meh, someone will work that out eventually. I can wait.

  10. JC John SESE Cuneta (謝施洗) Says:

    hehe… there must be. need it also ^_^

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  12. Ziedi ar piegādi Says:

    One thing I like about FriendFeed is that it exposes content to a much wider audience, via network effects, e.g. people like VoyagerFan5761 would probably never have stumbled into AppsLab without cross-pollination thanks to FriendFeed.

    Great post, thanks, completely agree with you.

  13. Jake Says:

    Very true. I really struggle keeping a steady interest in FriendFeed. I guess I need to find a client I like and aggressively dial down the noise. I do like what they're doing and marvel at how fast the service is, especially search. Their db has to be enormous by now.

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