FriendFeed Stats and Analysis

Internet Duct Tape recently posted an interesting analysis of a bunch of different FriendFeed stats broken down into 5 trends. I won’t cover them all here, but there were a few points that I found particularly interesting.

Twitter accounts for almost half of all items on FriendFeed, and 90% of the items come from the top 8 services (Twitter, Blog, Google Reader, del.icio.us, Digg, Tumblr, YouTube, StumbleUpon). Anecdotally, I’ve noticed this trend within my own feeds. In fact, the Twitter traffic was so overwhelming that I decided to filter it out entirely with a FriendFeed Minus Twitter pipe.

I was also surprised and sad to see that Ma.gnolia was in the bottom 1% of services used. I like it so much more than del.icio.us, and it seems to also get a lot of usage from my friends. We must be atypical when compared to the broader group.

It also looks like FriendFeed is addressing some of the comment issues, starting with the ability to send an @ response directly to Twitter when someone comments on a Twitter item in FriendFeed. Now, if they would only find a way to do it with other services, like blogs. It would be great if a comment on a blog post in FriendFeed would also find its way back as a comment on the blog post. Ideally, I would love to see FriendFeed find better ways of dealing with comments so that I don’t need to use the FriendFeed Comment Finder pipe that I created to make it easier to find comments in FriendFeed.

While I think that FriendFeed is cool, I find that I have a hard time using it. So much of the information is duplicated for me. I already have feeds of people’s blogs, Ma.gnolia links, etc. I do find interesting things that I have missed in my regular feeds, but I haven’t quite decided if it is worth the time invested.

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6 Responses to “FriendFeed Stats and Analysis”


  • re: Ma.gnolia and why I don’t use it: the del.icio.us Firefox extension kicks ass. I can bookmark everything with a toolbar button, entirely within Firefox – I never visit the website. Similarly, I can browse and search all of my del.icio.us bookmarks from the Firefox sidebar. Ma.gnolia is pretty, but when it comes to bookmarking I’m going to favor function over eye candy.

  • Aaron, regarding Ma.gnolia and FF add-ons, there are add-ons for FF. I have buttons that allow me bookmark with a toolbar button. There’s even a sidebar item that works with ma.gnolia and many other bookmark sites, not just de.icio.us: https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/5478

    I prefer ma.gnolia because of signal:noise is much better for my tastes compared to de.icio.us (that may be a side-product of being the fringe player). And the interface is aesthetically a pleasure to use, whereas on del.icio.us, not so much.

    Del.icio.us is the household name. Ma.gnolia is the tool I want to use. PC v. Mac I guess (I’m a Mac user).

  • I have a Ma.gnolia button on my toolbar that lets me easily add the current page to Ma.gnolia along with description, tags, etc.

    I started using Ma.gnolia fairly early, mainly because Ma.gnolia supported OpenID, and many of my friends were using it, too. With any of these sites where the social aspect is important, we tend to go where our friends are. It even allowed me to easily export everything from del.icio.us to make the switch quickly.

    We all get used to our tools and each have different features that we think are the most important. I’m a big fan of picking the tool that works for you. I just happen to like Ma.gnolia :-)

  • Thanks for the Ma.gnolia info, perhaps I’ll check out that extension and things have improved since I looked at the situation a few months ago. I’ll be honest that I really don’t use the social aspect of del.icio.us very much… I pretty much just bookmark things for myself, the only real social side is that I subscribe to some search feeds. Perhaps if I was into more link-swapping with friends I’d be more drawn to Ma.gnolia (or perhaps not… I don’t really know since that’s not how I use the service).

    You’re right Dawn, everyone has their own uses, sounds like you’re quite happy with Ma.gnolia and I’m pretty happy with del.icio.us. Nothing wrong with that. But I love being talked into some new tool… it just hasn’t happened with Ma.gnolia. At one point Marshall K was talking about doing a “why I like Ma.gnolia better than del.icio.us” post with some specifics, maybe I’ll have to bug him again…

  • There is also a WordPress plugin to route commnents on blogposts that are aggregated into FriendFeed, back to the related post:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/friendfeed-comments/

  • Tibor – thanks for the pointer! I’m happy to see people working to integrate content between the original source and FriendFeed. I think this makes using FriendFeed more valuable when the content is aggregated back to the source.

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