Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Tweet?!

Image representing FriendFeed as depicted in C...Image via CrunchBaseHappy Halloween, just as the creativity was evident on International Talk Like A Pirate Day, many of the sites I follow have got in on the act today (Twitter anyone?). There was the usual offering from Google, renowned for their logo designs and also to name but a few Yahoo, Microsoft, Popurls, and FriendFeed all were in on the act.

FriendFeed continues to shower us with goodies, the team recently updated the Rooms to include the room search and enhanced the Friendfeed application on Facebook. Now FriendFeed wants to make it easier for you to share your activity, or should that be noisier for your Twitter followers. This latest update allows us to publish directly to Twitter and instead of relying on an external URL shortening service like TinyUR, etc they have rolled out which directs to FriendFeed.

You can publish all your public entries, all your public comments, or both. You can also choose to publish entries from all your services or only share the entries from specific services you've selected.

It has proved to be popular but also noisy, I have disabled the feature for the time being mainly because of the noise and duplicates. When @replying to a Twitter message it is sending two updates to the service which although is my fault shouldn't be happening. Also with no character count it's difficult to know when your message is going to be cut short.

I would also like to see a tick box under each comment box because then I can disable/enable without having to navigate through the Accounts page. Overall it's a great feature to have available but I want the ability to be more selective instead of spamming Twitter. For any requests let the developers know in the FriendFeed Feedback room.

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