Got a real-time ego problem? Get a room!

Oh, be honest. You’ve searched for yourself on Google, right?

That’s an ego search. Here’s mine.

But doing ego searches today is far more complex than it was back in 1998 when I did my first Google ego search.

Today you have to look at what people are saying about you on Twitter, I use Twitter Search for that. On blogs (I use Google’s blog search for that). On friendfeed (you can search on stuff there). On Facebook. If you’re in the news you’ll want to track what’s said about you on Google News. And in other places.

What’s the best place to do that? Well, you might try a friendfeed room. Here’s my ego room. You can watch what people around the world are saying about me — in real time.

But, seriously, let’s stop talking about me for a while. My ego is big enough. Let’s talk about what you might do with a room like this that collects RSS and other real-time feeds.

1. You could create a room to track an event, or a tag on Twitter for an event. That’s what I just did with my Consumer Electronic room.
2. Want to get a group of people together who talk about certain topics? Here’s a room that is collecting tweets and blogs from doctors and health care professionals.
3. Got a blogging network and want to have a place to discuss it? Here’s the room for the Read/Write Web team.
4. Are you a company that’s trying to support your users in real time? Here’s Evernote’s room.

You can see all the rooms I’m following by visiting my friendfeed account and clicking on my rooms on the bottom right side of the page.

Anyway, sign in, and you can get your own ego-feeding real-time room. :-)

Let us know what you’re doing with your room, leave the URL in the comments here.

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Robert Scoble

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, has been released at http://amzn.to/AgeOfContext ), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people. Best place to watch me is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Comments

  1. Boy, Robert, that sure does sound like a good idea! :-)

    This works very well for monitoring company mentions, BTW. I’ve had one at work for months.

  2. Wow – it’s been a long time since I Googled my own name. Kind of scary now. Thanks for the tips!

  3. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  4. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  5. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  6. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  7. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  8. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  9. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  10. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  11. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  12. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  13. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  14. I added the delicious RSS for the URL to my website to my room.
    When someonewho is on FriendFeed adds my website to his delicious I will see it in this feed and can invite him to the room.

  15. Very useful post Robert. Thanks for sharing.

    Funny enough, I ran across the FF room for healthcare pros yesterday. pretty amazing and would seem to be extreamly useful for niche type networks of people that want to collaborate/share.

    @Kiran i like social mention … i should use it more :)


    http://twitter.com/franswaa

  16. Very useful post Robert. Thanks for sharing.

    Funny enough, I ran across the FF room for healthcare pros yesterday. pretty amazing and would seem to be extreamly useful for niche type networks of people that want to collaborate/share.

    @Kiran i like social mention … i should use it more :)


    http://twitter.com/franswaa

  17. Very useful post Robert. Thanks for sharing.

    Funny enough, I ran across the FF room for healthcare pros yesterday. pretty amazing and would seem to be extreamly useful for niche type networks of people that want to collaborate/share.

    @Kiran i like social mention … i should use it more :)


    http://twitter.com/franswaa

  18. Very useful post Robert. Thanks for sharing.

    Funny enough, I ran across the FF room for healthcare pros yesterday. pretty amazing and would seem to be extreamly useful for niche type networks of people that want to collaborate/share.

    @Kiran i like social mention … i should use it more :)


    http://twitter.com/franswaa

  19. Very useful post Robert. Thanks for sharing.

    Funny enough, I ran across the FF room for healthcare pros yesterday. pretty amazing and would seem to be extreamly useful for niche type networks of people that want to collaborate/share.

    @Kiran i like social mention … i should use it more :)


    http://twitter.com/franswaa

  20. Very useful post Robert. Thanks for sharing.

    Funny enough, I ran across the FF room for healthcare pros yesterday. pretty amazing and would seem to be extreamly useful for niche type networks of people that want to collaborate/share.

    @Kiran i like social mention … i should use it more :)


    http://twitter.com/franswaa

  21. Very useful post Robert. Thanks for sharing.

    Funny enough, I ran across the FF room for healthcare pros yesterday. pretty amazing and would seem to be extreamly useful for niche type networks of people that want to collaborate/share.

    @Kiran i like social mention … i should use it more :)


    http://twitter.com/franswaa

  22. Very useful post Robert. Thanks for sharing.

    Funny enough, I ran across the FF room for healthcare pros yesterday. pretty amazing and would seem to be extreamly useful for niche type networks of people that want to collaborate/share.

    @Kiran i like social mention … i should use it more :)


    http://twitter.com/franswaa

  23. Very useful post Robert. Thanks for sharing.

    Funny enough, I ran across the FF room for healthcare pros yesterday. pretty amazing and would seem to be extreamly useful for niche type networks of people that want to collaborate/share.

    @Kiran i like social mention … i should use it more :)


    http://twitter.com/franswaa

  24. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  25. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  26. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  27. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  28. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  29. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  30. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  31. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  32. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  33. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  34. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  35. Very useful post for bloggers and companies alike. There are a plethora of social search engines/mashups out there these days, they are like weeds in my lawn.

    I’ll check out FF, using SocialMention* at the moment for this.

    Thanks Again

    K. Alan Robbins

  36. I just started using FriendFeed after watching your video. I like it a lot, it’s really helping to simplify the way I scan over all the various streams of information coming in.

    I used imaginary friends to track this kind of stuff, after experimenting with a room at first. I can’t really tell if there’s a big advantage either way, although a room must be better if you want to share it.

  37. I just started using FriendFeed after watching your video. I like it a lot, it’s really helping to simplify the way I scan over all the various streams of information coming in.

    I used imaginary friends to track this kind of stuff, after experimenting with a room at first. I can’t really tell if there’s a big advantage either way, although a room must be better if you want to share it.

  38. I just started using FriendFeed after watching your video. I like it a lot, it’s really helping to simplify the way I scan over all the various streams of information coming in.

    I used imaginary friends to track this kind of stuff, after experimenting with a room at first. I can’t really tell if there’s a big advantage either way, although a room must be better if you want to share it.

  39. I added some feeds generated from FriendFeed’s search results to a couple of rooms but the FF landlords disabled the ability to do this back in September. I decided to work around this limitation by routing the FriendFeed search results feeds through my Google Reader account and adding that shared feed back into a room. It is just an experiment to amuse myself right now but I want to eventually enhance the room via the FF APIs when I find the time.

    The room’s feed consist of the videos (youtube & vimeo) added to FriendFeed by the people I am subscribed to on FF along with the videos added by their friends. I am subscribing to all the people that subscribe to this room so if anyone wants their videos (and those of their friends) to show up there, simply add yourself to the room …

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/theater

    I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the room’s clips. If enough people join the room and start “liking” items in the room it should get even more interesting.

  40. I added some feeds generated from FriendFeed’s search results to a couple of rooms but the FF landlords disabled the ability to do this back in September. I decided to work around this limitation by routing the FriendFeed search results feeds through my Google Reader account and adding that shared feed back into a room. It is just an experiment to amuse myself right now but I want to eventually enhance the room via the FF APIs when I find the time.

    The room’s feed consist of the videos (youtube & vimeo) added to FriendFeed by the people I am subscribed to on FF along with the videos added by their friends. I am subscribing to all the people that subscribe to this room so if anyone wants their videos (and those of their friends) to show up there, simply add yourself to the room …

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/theater

    I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the room’s clips. If enough people join the room and start “liking” items in the room it should get even more interesting.

  41. I added some feeds generated from FriendFeed’s search results to a couple of rooms but the FF landlords disabled the ability to do this back in September. I decided to work around this limitation by routing the FriendFeed search results feeds through my Google Reader account and adding that shared feed back into a room. It is just an experiment to amuse myself right now but I want to eventually enhance the room via the FF APIs when I find the time.

    The room’s feed consist of the videos (youtube & vimeo) added to FriendFeed by the people I am subscribed to on FF along with the videos added by their friends. I am subscribing to all the people that subscribe to this room so if anyone wants their videos (and those of their friends) to show up there, simply add yourself to the room …

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/theater

    I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the room’s clips. If enough people join the room and start “liking” items in the room it should get even more interesting.

  42. I added some feeds generated from FriendFeed’s search results to a couple of rooms but the FF landlords disabled the ability to do this back in September. I decided to work around this limitation by routing the FriendFeed search results feeds through my Google Reader account and adding that shared feed back into a room. It is just an experiment to amuse myself right now but I want to eventually enhance the room via the FF APIs when I find the time.

    The room’s feed consist of the videos (youtube & vimeo) added to FriendFeed by the people I am subscribed to on FF along with the videos added by their friends. I am subscribing to all the people that subscribe to this room so if anyone wants their videos (and those of their friends) to show up there, simply add yourself to the room …

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/theater

    I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the room’s clips. If enough people join the room and start “liking” items in the room it should get even more interesting.

  43. I added some feeds generated from FriendFeed’s search results to a couple of rooms but the FF landlords disabled the ability to do this back in September. I decided to work around this limitation by routing the FriendFeed search results feeds through my Google Reader account and adding that shared feed back into a room. It is just an experiment to amuse myself right now but I want to eventually enhance the room via the FF APIs when I find the time.

    The room’s feed consist of the videos (youtube & vimeo) added to FriendFeed by the people I am subscribed to on FF along with the videos added by their friends. I am subscribing to all the people that subscribe to this room so if anyone wants their videos (and those of their friends) to show up there, simply add yourself to the room …

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/theater

    I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the room’s clips. If enough people join the room and start “liking” items in the room it should get even more interesting.

  44. I added some feeds generated from FriendFeed’s search results to a couple of rooms but the FF landlords disabled the ability to do this back in September. I decided to work around this limitation by routing the FriendFeed search results feeds through my Google Reader account and adding that shared feed back into a room. It is just an experiment to amuse myself right now but I want to eventually enhance the room via the FF APIs when I find the time.

    The room’s feed consist of the videos (youtube & vimeo) added to FriendFeed by the people I am subscribed to on FF along with the videos added by their friends. I am subscribing to all the people that subscribe to this room so if anyone wants their videos (and those of their friends) to show up there, simply add yourself to the room …

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/theater

    I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the room’s clips. If enough people join the room and start “liking” items in the room it should get even more interesting.

  45. I added some feeds generated from FriendFeed’s search results to a couple of rooms but the FF landlords disabled the ability to do this back in September. I decided to work around this limitation by routing the FriendFeed search results feeds through my Google Reader account and adding that shared feed back into a room. It is just an experiment to amuse myself right now but I want to eventually enhance the room via the FF APIs when I find the time.

    The room’s feed consist of the videos (youtube & vimeo) added to FriendFeed by the people I am subscribed to on FF along with the videos added by their friends. I am subscribing to all the people that subscribe to this room so if anyone wants their videos (and those of their friends) to show up there, simply add yourself to the room …

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/theater

    I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the room’s clips. If enough people join the room and start “liking” items in the room it should get even more interesting.

  46. I added some feeds generated from FriendFeed’s search results to a couple of rooms but the FF landlords disabled the ability to do this back in September. I decided to work around this limitation by routing the FriendFeed search results feeds through my Google Reader account and adding that shared feed back into a room. It is just an experiment to amuse myself right now but I want to eventually enhance the room via the FF APIs when I find the time.

    The room’s feed consist of the videos (youtube & vimeo) added to FriendFeed by the people I am subscribed to on FF along with the videos added by their friends. I am subscribing to all the people that subscribe to this room so if anyone wants their videos (and those of their friends) to show up there, simply add yourself to the room …

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/theater

    I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the room’s clips. If enough people join the room and start “liking” items in the room it should get even more interesting.

  47. I added some feeds generated from FriendFeed’s search results to a couple of rooms but the FF landlords disabled the ability to do this back in September. I decided to work around this limitation by routing the FriendFeed search results feeds through my Google Reader account and adding that shared feed back into a room. It is just an experiment to amuse myself right now but I want to eventually enhance the room via the FF APIs when I find the time.

    The room’s feed consist of the videos (youtube & vimeo) added to FriendFeed by the people I am subscribed to on FF along with the videos added by their friends. I am subscribing to all the people that subscribe to this room so if anyone wants their videos (and those of their friends) to show up there, simply add yourself to the room …

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/theater

    I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the room’s clips. If enough people join the room and start “liking” items in the room it should get even more interesting.

  48. I added some feeds generated from FriendFeed’s search results to a couple of rooms but the FF landlords disabled the ability to do this back in September. I decided to work around this limitation by routing the FriendFeed search results feeds through my Google Reader account and adding that shared feed back into a room. It is just an experiment to amuse myself right now but I want to eventually enhance the room via the FF APIs when I find the time.

    The room’s feed consist of the videos (youtube & vimeo) added to FriendFeed by the people I am subscribed to on FF along with the videos added by their friends. I am subscribing to all the people that subscribe to this room so if anyone wants their videos (and those of their friends) to show up there, simply add yourself to the room …

    http://friendfeed.com/rooms/theater

    I was pleasantly surprised by the entertainment value of the room’s clips. If enough people join the room and start “liking” items in the room it should get even more interesting.

  49. Do you know the funny thing? Several times I have searched for my name, my friends and bf name in google just to know what would be the result. But it’s the moment I know that what I did is called ego surfing or googling yourself! Anyway, thanks for the suggestion. Next time I will try friend feed room.

  50. Do you know the funny thing? Several times I have searched for my name, my friends and bf name in google just to know what would be the result. But it’s the moment I know that what I did is called ego surfing or googling yourself! Anyway, thanks for the suggestion. Next time I will try friend feed room.