New Feedly combines Google Reader, friendfeed, Twitter in great way for social network addicts

Edwin Khodabakchian founder of Feedly yesterday showed me why Feedly is cool (I recorded him telling me about what makes Feedly special and demoing these new features): it combines inputs from Google Reader, friendfeed, twitter, and elsewhere to make an interesting news display, but now it also — as you surf around the web — shows you if there’s a conversation about that blog post on friendfeed. You can read more about Feedly’s new features on its blog.

What is Feedly? It’s an addon to the Firefox browser that aggregates your sharing behavior together into a page and then adds a little bar to the bottom of pages that gives you more sharing and comparing features about that page.

It also is like a little StumbleUpon — if you keep clicking “next” in the little toolbar it’ll take you to another cool site your friends have recommended to you.

This is all crack to someone like me who lives on social networking sites all the time and wants to keep up to date on the conversation that is happening over on friendfeed about items.

But that’s also its downfall. How many people are like me? Not many. Do many people, when they are visiting a web page, wonder what the conversation about that page is? Nah.

And, if you see my Feedly page you’ll see it really is awesome. A good, quick, summary of today’s latest news. I think it’s better than Techmeme or TechFuga because it’s based on my friends and the feeds I’ve subscribed to on Google Reader.

See in Google Reader I have almost 1,000 people who are scouring the Internet for interesting new stuff and are sharing it with me. That is like having 1,000 editors working for you. It makes for a news page that’s quite interesting and amazing.

The problem? How many people have 1,000 friends in Google Reader? Not many.

Two strikes.

That’s why I say Feedly is ahead of its time. At least with friendfeed you can see what someone else’s experience is like, even if you don’t have any friends. I hope Feedly will move in that direction so everyone can see what Louis Gray’s friends are bringing him, for instance.

But, in the meantime, Feedly is very interesting to me and it has been added to my morning news reading.

Read/Write Web has a good article on the new features as well.

Comments

  1. I just like Feedly because the UI is awesome. I’ve never paid attention to the friends features or FriendFeed stuff, I just think it’s a better RSS interface than Google’s. As a matter of fact, the extent of “social bookmarking” that I do involves links being IMed to me, so I’ve never really found a reason to hop on FriendFeed or anything.

    Then again, most of my friends still don’t see a reason to use anything more advanced than Livejournal, so maybe I just need new friends.

  2. I just like Feedly because the UI is awesome. I’ve never paid attention to the friends features or FriendFeed stuff, I just think it’s a better RSS interface than Google’s. As a matter of fact, the extent of “social bookmarking” that I do involves links being IMed to me, so I’ve never really found a reason to hop on FriendFeed or anything.

    Then again, most of my friends still don’t see a reason to use anything more advanced than Livejournal, so maybe I just need new friends.

  3. Thank you Robert. It was a pleasure to meet you in person. Thank you for helping us the word out about feedly mini.

    Here is a post which provides more details about feedly mini:
    http://blog.feedly.com/2009/02/11/launching-feedly-mini-twitter-and-friendfeed-on-the-go/

    Your points about simplifying the set-up (through better import and sharing) is right on. We have not cracked that nut yet but will be focusing on it as we try to evolve feedly into a more mainstream solution.

    You make it look so fun and easy that I think most people do not realize who hard you work behind the scenes. I now do and I am very thankful for all the hard work!

    Finally, if you are interested in receiving updates regarding feedly, you can follow @feedly on twitter.

  4. Thank you Robert. It was a pleasure to meet you in person. Thank you for helping us the word out about feedly mini.

    Here is a post which provides more details about feedly mini:
    http://blog.feedly.com/2009/02/11/launching-feedly-mini-twitter-and-friendfeed-on-the-go/

    Your points about simplifying the set-up (through better import and sharing) is right on. We have not cracked that nut yet but will be focusing on it as we try to evolve feedly into a more mainstream solution.

    You make it look so fun and easy that I think most people do not realize who hard you work behind the scenes. I now do and I am very thankful for all the hard work!

    Finally, if you are interested in receiving updates regarding feedly, you can follow @feedly on twitter.

  5. I’ve been using Feedly for well over 6 months now, and I love how it *gets* how I like to interact with the content I consume. Whenever I have to go back to Google Reader, it now feels clunky and cumbersome.

    I’m pretty certain, btw, that Feedly *does* tell you how many times an article has been Recommended (akin to Liked in Friendfeed) and highlights those articles so they stand out – that serves to indicate other people’s experience, doesn’t it?

  6. I’ve been using Feedly for well over 6 months now, and I love how it *gets* how I like to interact with the content I consume. Whenever I have to go back to Google Reader, it now feels clunky and cumbersome.

    I’m pretty certain, btw, that Feedly *does* tell you how many times an article has been Recommended (akin to Liked in Friendfeed) and highlights those articles so they stand out – that serves to indicate other people’s experience, doesn’t it?

  7. [...] Feedly makes Twitter and FriendFeed conversations easier — The service, which creates a personalized newspaper-style homepage based on your feed items in Google Reader, has just added the Feedly Mini to its Firefox extension. Basically, this allows you to visit any page on the web and see if that page is the center of a conversation on FriendFeed, if people have dugg it on Digg or if people are sharing it on Google Reader. If you found the page via Twitter, it will also allow you to easily re-tweet the link out, or respond to the tweet that brought you there. The Feedly blog has more, as does Scobleizer. [...]

  8. Great video – almost like a lecture. Can you add the question “How are you funded?” to “Who are you?” and “What do you do?”?
    Even better if you could place the screen/monitor at the same level as the interviewee’s head so it is easier for you to pan round for the screen shots and will make much better viewing for us. We will be able to see the screen!
    How many .tv sites do you use?

  9. Great video – almost like a lecture. Can you add the question “How are you funded?” to “Who are you?” and “What do you do?”?
    Even better if you could place the screen/monitor at the same level as the interviewee’s head so it is easier for you to pan round for the screen shots and will make much better viewing for us. We will be able to see the screen!
    How many .tv sites do you use?

  10. I’ve got to admit I’m starting to be intimidated by the possible consequences of ‘bleed-through’ from one service to another. Just yesterday I was bypassing clear clickjacking on iGoogle. Had to see what you thought of things. I’m still bemused by all the social networking options and tend to collect them like marbles, especially since I belong to groups listed on the article heading : still not on Facebook or MySpace though!

  11. I’ve got to admit I’m starting to be intimidated by the possible consequences of ‘bleed-through’ from one service to another. Just yesterday I was bypassing clear clickjacking on iGoogle. Had to see what you thought of things. I’m still bemused by all the social networking options and tend to collect them like marbles, especially since I belong to groups listed on the article heading : still not on Facebook or MySpace though!

  12. [...] “Feedly Mini donne une nouvelle dimension à la lecture d’un article en donnant des informations complémentaires sur les discussions en cours sur les services FriendFeed et Twitter autour de l’article en cours de lecture, ou pourquoi pas d’en lancer la discussion.”  http://fr.readwriteweb.com/2009/02/12/nouveautes/feedly-mini-naviguer-autrement-sur-internet-avec-feedly/ Feedly displays your Google Reader feeds in an extremely useful fashion, highlighting the items that have gained some measure of popularity or attention, helping the more interesting content to rise to the top. http://e-strategyblog.com/2009/02/feedly-rss-reader-conversation-discovery-engine/ It combines inputs from Google Reader, friendfeed, twitter, and elsewhere to make an interesting news display, but now it also — as you surf around the web — shows you if there’s a conversation about that blog post on friendfeed. http://scobleizer.com/2009/02/11/new-feedly-combines-google-reader-friendfeed-twitter-in-great-way-f… [...]

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