Thursday, February 19, 2009

Facebook and FriendFeed

I did it. I broke down and signed up for Facebook. Here's my profile: Lucas Hardbarger

So many people have asked me if I had a Facebook account and I always said I'm not into all that; I just like blogging and sharing crap with friends. Honestly, I just didn't want to have one more thing to check online. Well, now I do. On Monday morning I woke up and was checking my email before starting the day, and my Mom had sent me a link where she joined Facebook. I clicked on it and just created an account to see what it's all about... that opened the flood gates, because immediately I got invites from oodles of people I haven't talked to in years. I'm totally amazed at how many people are on here. It's just a cool way to interact with people (friends or not) in a very "non schlont(?)" way. :)

So anyway, now that I've established a new web area, I went hunting for the best way to tie it all together. I have online areas all over now and want an easy way to tie them into a single cronological feed. It's crazy that now I have a problem wondering where to post a thought. What is the web coming to when this is a problem!? For example, I could be sitting at taco bell waiting on taco's or I could be sitting at the dining room table waiting for the girls to finish brushing their teeth. Should I post my thought on my twitter? Should I put it on my blog? LinkedIn? Facebook? FriendFeed? Google Share? etc...? I found the answer tonight... Any.

I'd always heard that FriendFeed was the way to go. Scott is a big user of FriendFeed, but I never really "got it" until tonight when I went digging for a solution to my madness. FriendFeed is the answer. It's the one place where all the services come together. Facebook is for more for interacting with friends with a feature which includes sharing online content. For example, I'll use Facebook to see what people are up to, who they become friends with, who's wall they wrote on, what application they installed, etc... Whereas FriendFeed is more for aggregating and sharing online content (photos, blog posts, twitter updates, etc.. (59+ different services)) with friends or anybody that wants to see. Here is a good definition of Facebook vs. FriendFeed: FriendFeed is For Sharing and Facebook Used to be About my Friends

The moral of my story: Facebook is fun. FriendFeed is necessary.

2 comments:

Rob "Buckeye" Powell said...

Ok, I am there man and it is your fault! Facebook!

Luc said...

You're welcome. :) Prepare for productivity loss for the the first week or two...