Commenting on the news

OK, over the past few hours I’ve gone crazy with Google Reader’s shared note feature. You can see how I’m using it on my shared items feed, which has a cool new ninja design (another new feature shipped yesterday).

It’s interesting, but leaves me wanting a LOT more.

For instance, if you share an item, add a note, I can’t pass those notes along to my readers. I can on FriendFeed, though.

I also can’t edit my notes. You can on FriendFeed though.

I also can’t comment on your notes without resharing an item, which causes duplication of an item if I’ve already shared it. You can do that on FriendFeed, though.

Are you noticing a theme? Is it any surprise that I’m seeing lots of early adopters move their reading behavior from Google Reader onto FriendFeed?

Discuss this either here, or over on my FriendFeed discussion page (which I call the World Wide Talk Show).

29 thoughts on “Commenting on the news

  1. Why oh why do English people refuse to learn another language or embrace a different culture ?

  2. I just wanted to say that I was looking at your shared items page today and I really enjoyed the context that you provided with short comments.

  3. I just wanted to say that I was looking at your shared items page today and I really enjoyed the context that you provided with short comments.

  4. FriendFeed is focused on streams of info from social network links. That’s not what I’m reading blogs for. I’m reading blogs because I have subscribed to a number of prominent folks in my field (software) and I want to read what they write, in full, unabridged posts, without ever missing any of their posts. Google Reader provides this well. I don’t rely on shared feeds much in Google Reader at all, because I have my own eclectic list of sources, and few other folks match them.

    That seems very different from what FriendFeed seems to be offering. FriendFeed seems more like a twitter generalized to RSS with abridged summaries. Not what I’m after.

  5. FriendFeed is focused on streams of info from social network links. That’s not what I’m reading blogs for. I’m reading blogs because I have subscribed to a number of prominent folks in my field (software) and I want to read what they write, in full, unabridged posts, without ever missing any of their posts. Google Reader provides this well. I don’t rely on shared feeds much in Google Reader at all, because I have my own eclectic list of sources, and few other folks match them.

    That seems very different from what FriendFeed seems to be offering. FriendFeed seems more like a twitter generalized to RSS with abridged summaries. Not what I’m after.

  6. I’m enjoying FriendFeed quite a bit, but I’m not a big fan of the “XXX (friend of YYY) posted a ZZZ.” If someone is popular, *cough* then there’s a lot of irrelevant stuff posted.

  7. I’m enjoying FriendFeed quite a bit, but I’m not a big fan of the “XXX (friend of YYY) posted a ZZZ.” If someone is popular, *cough* then there’s a lot of irrelevant stuff posted.

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  9. Herschel: good point, I can see that FriendFeed would be frustrating for someone to follow if they just wanted to know the latest I’m thinking. FriendFeed reorders things based on the conversation that happens around them, so items with more conversation (or newer conversation) get pushed up to the top again. It’s not a strict aggregator in that sense. Profilactic or Yahoo’s MyBlogLog or Jaiku are probably better aggregators in that sense.

    But, yet, something is really killer about FriendFeed and something is clearly happening there.

  10. Herschel: good point, I can see that FriendFeed would be frustrating for someone to follow if they just wanted to know the latest I’m thinking. FriendFeed reorders things based on the conversation that happens around them, so items with more conversation (or newer conversation) get pushed up to the top again. It’s not a strict aggregator in that sense. Profilactic or Yahoo’s MyBlogLog or Jaiku are probably better aggregators in that sense.

    But, yet, something is really killer about FriendFeed and something is clearly happening there.

  11. Robert, you’ve got to be kidding me. The FriendFeed interface is too much noise.

    The Google Reader with your comments is much cleaner and more direct.

    When I read your blog I’m listening to you, to your expertise, to your experience. If I want to hear other peoples opinions I go to your comment section where I can also join in on the discussion.

    Friendfeel mashes it all there and it is distracting from the message you are trying to send to your readership.

  12. Robert, you’ve got to be kidding me. The FriendFeed interface is too much noise.

    The Google Reader with your comments is much cleaner and more direct.

    When I read your blog I’m listening to you, to your expertise, to your experience. If I want to hear other peoples opinions I go to your comment section where I can also join in on the discussion.

    Friendfeel mashes it all there and it is distracting from the message you are trying to send to your readership.

  13. The one thing I’m still struggling with on Friendfeed is linear posting. Not on the comments but original items. It’s great if you are on it all the time but if I want to take a day off and then quickly scan new items. Kind of like the Google Reader read/unread, it becomes a bit hard to do.

  14. The one thing I’m still struggling with on Friendfeed is linear posting. Not on the comments but original items. It’s great if you are on it all the time but if I want to take a day off and then quickly scan new items. Kind of like the Google Reader read/unread, it becomes a bit hard to do.

  15. Satish: maybe I am. But that’s what I do. I think what’s going on there is significant. It needs a few things before it goes mainstream, though. So can understand the resistance.

  16. Satish: maybe I am. But that’s what I do. I think what’s going on there is significant. It needs a few things before it goes mainstream, though. So can understand the resistance.

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