FriendDeck is to FriendFeed what TweetDeck is to Twitter

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Software analyst developer Paul Kinlan has released a beta version of FriendDeck, a web-based aggregator styled on TweetDeck, which searches FriendFeed for any search term, creating a window of results for each individual query.

Click on a username in FriendDeck and it spawns a FriendFeed search for that user’s shared stuff, displaying the results by category in another FriendDeck, i.e. grouping the user’s Delicious bookmarks, Flickr uploads, friends, etc. If you want to go directly to the originating item, clicking the service icon will take you there.

FriendDeck runs on Google App Engine, but the search queries are handled by the FriendFeed API. Each query refreshes in the browser every minute, making FriendDeck a contender for FriendFeed’s own realtime search.

So far the only FriendFeed feature supported from within FriendDeck is the ‘Like’ action. Kinlan plans to add more FriendFeed functionality to future versions of FriendDeck, but stresses it’s a side project; his current employer Qire is aware of his moonlighting so rest assured, TCUK is not outing him to anyone.

It’s an interesting take on solving a problem that a lot of FriendFeed users, myself included, have with FriendFeed, which is that it works, but only up to a point, before you have to kludge together this kind of functionality.

Kinlan dabbles a fair bit with metasearch queries and apparently likes nothing better than mucking about with jQuery and open APIs; he built Twollo, a Twitter app that helps users find and follow people with shared interests, and which he says is somewhat inexplicably quite big in India and Brazil.

  • Paul Kinlan


    Thanks for the article, it is really good. Just to clarify a few points:

    You can post to friendfeed from frienddeck, if you are logged in you can simply use the command
    say:here is my comment.

    You can also view a list of a user’s likes by using the query likes:{username} for example likes:kinlan, you can also see a users comments by typing comments:{username} in the query box. A user’s friends can be obtained by querying friends:{username}. A list of posts relating to a url can be found by using the query url:{url} (so and likewise a list of posts about a domain can be found using the query domain:{domain}.

    Every minute each of your decks will auto refresh (I fixed a bug tonight that was causing them not to refresh correctly)

    A few new features will be available soon, such as inline commenting. You can currently see a list of all the comments by clicking on the comments count. Your comments being highlighted red.

    Kind Regards and hope everyone enjoys using FriendDeck.


  • Paul Kinlan

    I am pleased to announce that friend deck now allows you to comment on other peoples entries directly from inside FriendDeck.

    All The Best,
    Paul Kinlan

  • Mathew Ballard

    Very cool, I will be testing it out this weekend.

  • Bill Sodeman

    I’ll give this a try.

  • Paul Kinlan

    Hi Matthew, Bill.

    Firstly, thanks. Let me know what you think of it. We have a room on FriendFeed ( so you can post their, you can twitter about it or you can email me (


  • Adriana

    I look forward to trying this out.

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