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If you’re a member of a distributed team, it’s hard to keep up with all your team mates. Multiply this by all the different online outlets that make up our online ‘identity’. Here’s an example: You’re a team who is swapping photos and gathering feedback on […]

FF logoIf you’re a member of a distributed team, it’s hard to keep up with all your team mates. Multiply this by all the different online outlets that make up our online ‘identity’.

Here’s an example: You’re a team who is swapping photos and gathering feedback on Flickr, exchanging links on del.icio.us, and communicating through blog comments and Twitter. Why can’t there be a one-stop RSS feed for all these channels of communication? Enter FriendFeed.

There are many online outlets we contribute to including Flickr, Digg, Twitter, one or many blogs, del.icio.us and so on. FriendFeed seeks to simplify online contact tracking by 1) allowing you to aggregate all your online activities on a single place and 2) granting you one place to track your friends’ online activities in one place.The beautiful thing about FriendFeed is that you can share your FriendFeed RSS feed with whomever you’d like to be aware of your activities. They never have to use FriendFeed or visit the site.

To get started with FriendFeed, complete the sign-up process. The best way to get the most value from FriendFeed is to put the many facets to your online life into it by adding your various feeds.

Adding stuff

There are many many services to add to FriendFeed, making it a dynamic service. Now that you have your feed set up, share it with your family and friends. FriendFeed has made the service easy to share with simple URLs, for example mine is http://friendfeed.com/jasonharris. As mentioned before, each FriendFeed URL has an RSS feed for easy tracking.

To see your friends’ FriendFeed, click on “friend settings” in the upper right hand corner and find/add all your friends who may already be on FriendFeed. The web app will also search your Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or address book for other people to add to your online Friends list.

FriendFeed is very easy to use and they make it quick to get up and running.

Is this something you find useful? What about the service do you like/dislike?

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