The reason I’m hardly on Twitter anymore is because it is too simple and has a 140 character limit.
Yep, I can happily live with it going mainstream and having @oprah around doesn’t faze me at all (as opposed to the reactions noted here). Even all the ‘social media experts’ spamming me isn’t really a problem.
For me, its the richness that I’m getting on FriendFeed these days that is really interesting. I made the switch about two weeks ago when the new real-time beta went live. Being able to write longer messages, reply with longer messages, and vote up the items of interest is difficult to do without. It’s like Facebook but a little nicer. I’m liking it there.
But there’s still a few issues. The main one is that many of the people I’ve subscribed to have numerous sources coming into FriendFeed. This results in a lot of duplication. A common example is when people use ping.fm to publish to multiple social networks, that all get aggregated into FriendFeed. Thus I’ll see the same message from them shown 3 or 4 times in a row. Here’s a typical example:
Chain of Command
So, there just needs to be a simple ‘chain of command’ in place.
Here’s how I’ve set mine up now:
- I have setup FriendFeed to be the source of all my ‘content’ including messages, comments, and posts from my blogs
- I post messages to FriendFeed
- FriendFeed will publish this to Twitter
- Facebook pulls in my Twitter feed
Thus my message only appears once on each.
I’ve also streamlined my networks, so I no longer post to Identica, LinkedIn and any of the other networks I’ve signed up on in the past few years. I’ve decided to keep my content to just these 3 (Twitter, FF and FB) for now. And Video or Audio content will be referenced by my blog posts, so there’s no need to pull from YouTube or Vimeo.
The final link is any bookmarking sites I use. I’ve limited this to Digg and StumbleUpon for now, and both of these feed into FriendFeed only.
Anyway, that’s how I’m working at the moment. Any suggestions on how I should improve this?
[You can follow me on FriendFeed here.]