Feed me

I’ve been thinking what Gary Vaynerchuk says: Facebook is too slow. Twitter has spoiled me. I want a constant feed of stuff and Facebook is a trickle. It wouldn’t be at all hard to fix. Facebook should let me both increase the flow of information about my friends and to include external feeds in it (Facebook should have done Friendfeed).

I’ve been talking with lots of news organizations about following the feed model. Sometimes, I may want a packaged, prioritized presentation of news. But mostly, to quote Dave Winer, I want a river of news. Facebook did a brilliant job bringing an algorithmic presentation of a feed but now it’s falling behind in feed wars. They’d better catch up fast.

: Meanwhile, here’s ReadWriteWeb summing up various fears about feed OD and how to cure it.

  • At the moment I fail to see the difference between friendfeed and jaiku (which was bought by Google and which many think is like twitter). I just put my ‘all in one aggregated jaiku feed’ to friendfeed ;)

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  • Indeed, Jeff. I find Facebook more trouble than it’s worth. Twitter is where I spend my time. I follow some great folks who keep me informed, and who share real world, real time information.

    Have not ventured into friendfeed, though many of my Twitter friends have. Guess I’m getting behind…therein lies the bigger problem. How to keep up with it all.

  • Ben

    What say you of Tumblr? I’ve found it to be a great balance between the white noise of twitter and the bland, one-size-fits all Facebook feed.

  • FriendFeed is rocking like Gary V. I think it delivers half the promise of Data Portability, it lets you access and comment on the content of your friends on different social networks without having to create an account there. I think that’s why people are so excited about it. And it renders well on mobile. It sure could improve in a couple of ways, but whatever, hopefully it will and/or the API will make it better. Great post and good video selection, Jeff.

  • As I watch the conversation about what is essentially navel-gazing, hyper blabber and the tools that make this happen I must refer back to a visit to Italy where I actually saw humans talking with each other in person at the local daily market. I swear! I saw this with my own eyes.

  • Anthony Hunt

    I’ve been very impressed with the tweets from the Bryant Park Project (BPP) from National Public Radio.

    Because I can’t actually hear them where I live, I find I often click through to several of the links they post on Twitter.

  • SteveSgt

    Twitter reminds me one of my elderly aunts. When she’s in the room, and everyone is doing something quiet like reading, or something attentive like watching a movie on TV, she has to interrupt us to announce her internal dialogue in short, frequent, usually irrelevant statements. We wish she’d save it up and self-edit her alerts into a more coherent and concise narrative.

    As for the “river of news” concept: A local NPR news director said in response to the criticism that their news stories are too short and superficial, “Let them eat CSPAN.” I prefer to have those 6 hours of congressional testimony condensed to a 3 minute daily summary, thank you very much. If the story matters to me, I’ll research the minutiae later.

    And Peter Levitan, I’d digg your comment if I could.

  • This might be a generational thing, but I’m nearly 20, and am so bombarded my information, noise and the narcissistic ramblings of manifold people that Twitter is absolutely the last thing I need. Among my cohort, there is an enormous backlash against the Facebook mini-feed. We do not care for constant updates about other people, let alone ourselves.

    When does Web 2.0 cross the line from innovative to annoying? When people have drank too much Kool-Aid to realize it.