FriendFeed Launches New Look & Features

Posted Sep 18, 2008

FriendFeed has launched a new look for their site and features.  For those who don’t know what Friendfeed is, they are a company where you can aggregate data from your Flickr, Twitter, RSS feeds, Picasa, and purchases.  FriendFeed added photo uploading capabilities and friend lists can be more customizable. 

“The new design offers friend lists to help you organize your subscriptions into groups,” stated Bret Taylor, co-founder of FriendFeed.  “Now you can get updates from specific groups of people separately, or you can add an acquaintance to a list and remove them from your home feed.”  There is also a new sidebar with lists of groups can be created.  If you click these links, then updates will be filtered by those groups.

Another feature that has been added to FriendFeed is duplicate story detection.  If a bunch of similar content appears on FriendFeed, then it will be automatically aggregated in a Techmeme-like fashion.  Fascinating!  I haven’t active on FriendFeed, but with these features in place, I think I’ll start paying more attention to it.  I like the idea of being able to follow groups of people separately.  I think Facebook should do something similar as FriendFeed, but for individual networks. 

For example, Facebook should just let me see what updates are from my friends in New York or my friends at Michigan State in separate filtered News Feeds rather than having to manually add friends to a list.  FriendFeed has about $5 million in funding from Paul Buchheit, Sanjeev Sing, and Benchmark Capital [Crunchbase].