So I’ve been active on FriendFeed for about 3 full months, and just when I thought my love affair would end, FriendFeed rolled out a re-design with added features. With the new list function, I can organize and manage information better than before, thus making me even more addicted.
I’m not going to lie – FriendFeed’s search function is still premature, and filtering information flow is nearly impossible. Even with lists, it’s still tough to filter the constant information overload since most people on FriendFeed – regardless of their occuptions or titles, share a plethora of subject matters. Because of the chaotic, unorganized nature of our feeds (which I love), most FriendFeeders utilize the list function by grouping people, and creating their own filters. Louis Gray’s “With FriendFeed Lists, I Start to Organize the Noise“, and Mike Fruchter “My A,B,C’s of FriendFeed” are two great examples of how they manage their information flow. Robert Scoble even hand picked close to 200 people he feels gives him the information he’s looking! Wow, talk about dedication!
Like Louis, Mike, Robert, and the rest, FriendFeed is my aggregator. But aside from information gathering, FriendFeed is now my one stop spot of choice for all my daily Internet needs. From socializing, news, funny pictures, gadgets, bizarre finds, wacky stories – everything I love about the Internet is on FriendFeed. (For a more indepth look, head on over to Mark Wilson’s post: 10 Reasons I Love FriendFeed. Mark sums up why I love FriendFeed beautifully!)
Since my interests range is so diverse, plus I don’t want to exclude anyone I’m subscribed to in fear of missing out on their shares, I chose to work with the features FriendFeed provides to fit my needs, and group a little differently. So perhaps, if you’re like me, my method will be helpful to you. :)
One of the best new features FriendFeed has given us, is the ability to add and remove subscriptions to and from lists as 1) when you subscribe or 2) as you go along.
Not only that, there is an option to add a single subscription to multiple lists (as pictured above). For more information on “friends lists”, I highly recommend reading it in the FriendFeed team’s words here.
Upon discovering this, I first created lists for FriendFeed rooms and not individuals, as pictured on the left. Once I set the lists, I started organizing. This works perfectly for me, since:
1. I’m in about 50 rooms
2. I administrate or co-administer about eight
3. Extremely active in six
4. My groups are exactly like me – all over the place
5. My information flow is somewhat controlled and organized
What’s also great, is there are two ways for to view lists. All subscriptions I’ve placed in the group, or a specific subscription from a drop down menu, like this:
The highlighted portion is the selected group, and the arrow is pointing to the individual subscriptions of that group! It’s so untuitive, I seriously don’t know how I was managing my rooms before. Another great feature is on the left side panel as pictured below.
I can choose which Rooms to display, and the Room name, along with the last time updated shows up underneath it. With timestamps, I’m able to keep up with the rooms. It’s seriously so. much. awesome.
So now, my main feed gives me what I love FriendFeed so much for – all the information every person I’m subscribed to, and the Rooms provide information on concentrated subject matters. :)
Btw, if any of you fellow FriendFeeders are reading this post, and wondering why my activity on the main feed has subsided a tad, it’s because of Rooms. Oh, that and as of late, I’m always parked in my “Goodies Room”, that I dubbed “FriendFeed’s Lifehacker Room”, where I share tips, tricks, how-to, and hacks from OS X, Linux, Windows, web apps (a lot of Google), to browsers (Firefox, Safari, nightly build (Webkit), IE), Photoshop, wallpapers, icons… basically anything computer related. :) If you’re interested, the room is here: “Goodies“. /end shameless plug. HA
How do you manage your information?