3,003 “Likes”

Over on FriendFeed, which I joined in March, I’ve been quite busy. I’ve moved a bunch of my blogging time and Google Reader time over to it. How does that time translate? Well, into a few things:

1. Comments. (Those are items I’ve commented on — 1,893 so far)
2. Likes. (Those are items I’ve liked — 3,003 so far)

A few minutes ago I just passed 3,000 “Likes.”

What is a “Like?” First of all, you can’t like your own stuff. So, if you check out my like page you’ll see everyone ELSE’s stuff that I liked. I read through rivers of noise and anything that rises above that aggregate I click “Like” on. It’s my way to signal to you that something is worth checking out. I guess these things are the “news, not the noise.”

Likes, though, are sort of magic on FriendFeed. Here’s why.

Let’s say you only have one friend on FriendFeed: me.

Well, by my liking other people you’ll see THEIR posts along with mine. FriendFeed shows you those as “Friend of a Friend” items. That means that people’s first experiences on FriendFeed are a lot better than they’d otherwise be. And minimizes my own noisiness because you won’t just see my items, but you’ll see the dozens or hundreds of things I like every day there too.

I can’t wait until I can pull things out of the database that have tons of likes and show you those. That’s where the real value is in FriendFeed but I can’t do that yet. When that happens we’ll have the ability to really build our own pages with stuff that we care about that’s vetted by other people first.

I feel a lot of responsibility to only like good things since I have 13,000+ people following me on FriendFeed already.

One reason why I do a lot more “Likes” than Google Reader Sharing lately (which is pretty close to the same thing). Because I can “Like” an item on my iPhone without waiting for a new page to render. FriendFeed is the first iPhone-compatible-sharing-system I’ve gotten on. It’s amazing how much I read on my iPhone thanks to FriendFeed now. Google Reader on iPhone really sucks comparatively.

Also, FriendFeed is far better because I can “Like” Twitter messages that don’t come into Google Reader. If you’re on Twitter please sign up for FriendFeed and add your feed so I can “Like” your items too.

64 thoughts on “3,003 “Likes”

  1. Thanks for sharing about FF. My share is on Glyphius. It scores your ad copy. Then you can revise as necessary until it rates it higher. Hav eyou heard about it? It sounds like it could save me some money on Adwords, too.

  2. Thanks for sharing about FF. My share is on Glyphius. It scores your ad copy. Then you can revise as necessary until it rates it higher. Hav eyou heard about it? It sounds like it could save me some money on Adwords, too.

  3. Two things.

    Combining your cheerleading ;-) for FF w/Dave Slusher’s and Fred Wilson’s recent posts, I *finally* get it and have moved to it. I think you’ll like the story I posted here:

    http://www.jer979.com/igniting-the-revolution/are-we-conversing-now/

    Also a request for the FF team: why wouldn’t my “likes” get integrated into my regular FriendFeed stream, a la del.icio.us links. If I ‘like’ something and someone follows my FF RSS feed, I’d want them to see that as well, as I do Disqus comments, etc. Thoughts? Am I missing something?

  4. Two things.

    Combining your cheerleading ;-) for FF w/Dave Slusher’s and Fred Wilson’s recent posts, I *finally* get it and have moved to it. I think you’ll like the story I posted here:

    http://www.jer979.com/igniting-the-revolution/are-we-conversing-now/

    Also a request for the FF team: why wouldn’t my “likes” get integrated into my regular FriendFeed stream, a la del.icio.us links. If I ‘like’ something and someone follows my FF RSS feed, I’d want them to see that as well, as I do Disqus comments, etc. Thoughts? Am I missing something?

  5. I just came to realize something: the only value Robert added to my life, is in lifing an attention-deficite lifestyle, which I came to despise. I don’t want to life my life by liking things of other, I don’t want just to have only conversations about the interesting things other people do, sitting on friendfeeds like birds on a wire. In fact Robert is the antithesis of what I want to be my life. And I’ve got this epiphany just now, far to late. Perhaps I’ll can change it.

    Thanks Robert for giving a bad example. ;)

  6. I just came to realize something: the only value Robert added to my life, is in lifing an attention-deficite lifestyle, which I came to despise. I don’t want to life my life by liking things of other, I don’t want just to have only conversations about the interesting things other people do, sitting on friendfeeds like birds on a wire. In fact Robert is the antithesis of what I want to be my life. And I’ve got this epiphany just now, far to late. Perhaps I’ll can change it.

    Thanks Robert for giving a bad example. ;)

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