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  • FriendFeed Has Been Down For About 24 Hours, Is It Finally Dead? (UPDATED: Back Up For Some)

    FriendFeed Has Been Down For About 24 Hours, Is It Finally Dead? (UPDATED: Back Up For Some)

    One of the interesting things that happened when Facebook acquired the FriendFeed team is that the service lived on for a certain segment of users. Content continued to flow, and in fact, it looks like FriendFeed still possesses the infamous “Twitter firehose.” Alarmingly, again…for some, FriendFeed hasn’t been available for the past 24 hours. I’m told by sources… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on the New Google Service

    Gillmor Gang 7.23.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Andrew Keen, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — convened for yet another G+ conversation. This one, however, was noted for its evenhandedness as @ajkeen and @scobleizer traded social blows over the new Google service. As someone in the Friendfeed chat on the livecast noted, @stevegillmor seems surprisingly positive about the new service. As Keen… Read More

  • FriendFeed Lives On (In Spirit): Tornado 2.0 Released

    When Facebook acquired FriendFeed in September 2009, my heart sank a bit. I was happy for those guys, but I knew FriendFeed would never be the same despite the talk of FriendFeed staying alive. Now, nearly two years later, it’s clear that my fears were not unfounded. But not all has been lost. A month after the deal, Facebook did something refreshing. They took much of the technology… Read More

  • Close or View

    Push notifications are the new prime time, water-front property, Boardwalk and Park Place of phase 2 realtime. The domino effect of this alert mechanism will transform the iPad and therefore the downlevel iPhone and Web clients in turn. Soon we will be able to write filters directly to that middle layer buffer where state is stored, with business rules that let some things through to… Read More

  • Facebook CTO Bret Taylor On HTML5, Mobile As The Future, And Yes, FriendFeed

    Facebook CTO Bret Taylor On HTML5, Mobile As The Future, And Yes, FriendFeed

    Yesterday, following his talk at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, I had a chance to sit down with Facebook CTO Bret Taylor. I’ve been following Taylor’s work pretty closely since the early FriendFeed days, so it has been interesting to watch his transition into this powerful role inside of Facebook. And make no mistake, he’s transitioned well. We talked… Read More

  • FriendFeed Traffic Is Actually Up Since The Facebook Deal; Thanks Largely To Turkey

    FriendFeed Traffic Is Actually Up Since The Facebook Deal; Thanks Largely To Turkey

    FriendFeed. You remember it, right? It was that awesome service that Facebook acquired in August 2009. It was a smart deal all around. Facebook got an awesome team of developers and product people, while FriendFeed got to translate some of what they were doing to a service with a reach as large as any on the web. Unfortunately, it was a somewhat raw deal for many of the people who actually… Read More

  • Gmail Creator: Facebook Has The Potential To Be Worth More Than Google

    Gmail Creator: Facebook Has The Potential To Be Worth More Than Google

    I love Quora. I don’t know what it is about the service, but something makes interesting people give very interesting answers to a huge range of questions. Take Paul Buchheit, for example. Buchheit is an angel investor and co-founder of FriendFeed, the social aggregation and conversation service that Facebook acquired last year (he now works at Facebook doing well, something). But… Read More

  • Being "First" Versus Being "Best"

    Being "First" Versus Being "Best"

    Like many people today, I read Jose Antonio Vargas’ 6,000-word profile of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The New Yorker. Unlike some, I found it neither boring nor damaging, but rather, thought-provoking. But actually, the thing that stuck out the most to me about the piece (beyond The West Wing stuff, which I still find humorous/interesting) wasn’t about Zuckerberg at all. Read More

  • NextStop Deal Is All About Facebook's Unquenchable Thirst For Top Talent

    NextStop Deal Is All About Facebook's Unquenchable Thirst For Top Talent

    Earlier today, Facebook acquired NextStop, a social travel recommendation service. There’s been some speculation as to why this deal went down. Is Facebook getting into the travel space? Is this about their unlaunched location offering? From what we’re hearing, it’s much more simple than that. It really just boils down to Facebook getting a few very talented people at a… Read More

  • The FriendFeedization Of Facebook Continues: Bret Taylor Promoted To CTO

    Facebook has a new chief technology officer, Bret Taylor. The FriendFeed co-founder and initial product manager of Google Maps came to Facebook with the $50 million acquisition of FriendFeed last year. He took on the role of director of platform at Facebook, and led the recent rollout of Facebook’s Open Graph and Open Graph API, which attempts to make social connections on the Web… Read More

  • Facebook's Buchheit: The Future Is Lightweight Conversations

    Today at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Paul Buchheit took the stage to talk about his current role at Facebook, as well as his previous roles at FriendFeed and Google (where he coined the phrase “Don’t be evil”). Buchheit is always a good interview because he isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Today, among his quotable bits included that Facebook is an amazing… Read More

  • I Think Facebook Just Seized Control Of The Internet

    I Think Facebook Just Seized Control Of The Internet

    The opening keynote at Facebook’s f8 conference today in San Francisco was short and sweet. But don’t let that fool you. It contained some huge announcements pertaining to how the service will interact with the broader web going forward. The three big ones: social plugins, Open Graph, and Open Graph API, make Facebook’s intentions very clear: they want to be the fabric of… Read More

  • Aha! Google Buzz Is A Black Hole — Its Traffic Must Be Inferred

    Aha! Google Buzz Is A Black Hole — Its Traffic Must Be Inferred

    My bad — maybe. Earlier today, I reported that Google Buzz, Google’s new social sharing service, was sending less traffic than FriendFeed, a service which has been a ghost town in recent months. It turns out there’s probably a good explanation for this. You see, in January, Google started defaulting all Gmail traffic to the HTTPS (secure) version of its domain. Previously, it… Read More

  • Google Buzz Getting Smoked In The Sharing Race By A Dead Man

    Google Buzz Getting Smoked In The Sharing Race By A Dead Man

    In the 2000 elections, incumbent Republican Senator John Ashcroft was defeated by Governor Mel Carnahan in the race for one of Missouri’s U.S. Senate seats. The only problem? Carnahan was dead. I’m reminded of this while looking over the traffic logs for TechCrunch, because it appears that someone else is losing to a dead rival: Google Buzz. According to our data, in the past… Read More

  • FriendFeed Goes Down Hard. Both Remaining Users Pissed.

    FriendFeed is down right now. It has been down for the past 30 minutes or so. Sadly, that’s not news anymore. Not because, like Twitter of old, it’s down all the time, but rather, because it seems like no one really uses it anymore. Case in point, it’s been down for over 30 minutes and there are maybe 50 total tweets about it (and several are from the same users). That means… Read More

  • Stealthy Knowmore Loads Up On Talent To Silence The Social Noise Problem

    Fundamentally, what I liked about FriendFeed was that it gave me a way to take all kinds of social data and create a tailored way to view it. And though the idea never took off in the mainstream before their acquisition by Facebook, the desire for a service that can do this, remains. Despite their efforts, Facebook hasn’t solved this yet. And despite all the hype, neither has the new… Read More

  • Already in Progress

    If there’s anyone who has the inside track on Buzz and all things social media related, it’s TechCrunch super-reporter MG Siegler. He’s waited two weeks to weigh in on Buzz good bad and ugly, and it turns out that Buzz is FriendFeed — or will be. In the interests of setting the record straight, let me set the record straight. 1. Buzz is not FriendFeed. If it were, it… Read More

  • Loud Noises! Google Buzz Is A Broken Instrument Capable Of Beautiful Music.

    Loud Noises! Google Buzz Is A Broken Instrument Capable Of Beautiful Music.

    Google Buzz is now two weeks old. I decided to hold off on writing about it (beyond my overview on launch day), until I had a solid amount of time to play with it and gather my thoughts. Now I have. And now I will. My reasoning for holding off is pretty simple: I was confused. For the first few hours I was sure it was the best thing ever. Then I was certain it was the worst thing ever. The… Read More

  • Blame FriendFeed III

    Well, lookee here, it’s Google with a FriendFeed clone just in time to ask the musical question: If FriendFeed sucks so much, why on earth is Google doing a for-profit version of it? While the privacy crisis rages on around our inboxes, Google has blasted yet another microstream out into direct symbiosis with Twitter. Yes, that is exactly what FriendFeed did back in the days it was just… Read More

  • FriendFeed (and Gmail) Founder's Reaction To Google Buzz: "This Seems Vaguely Familiar"

    FriendFeed (and Gmail) Founder's Reaction To Google Buzz: "This Seems Vaguely Familiar"

    As soon as Google Buzz was released earlier today, all the early adopters piled in to give it a spin. Paul Buchheit, the creator of Gmail and a founder of FreindFeed, was among them and his initial reaction was: “This seems vaguely familiar . . .” Or, as he put it elsewhere, “There’s a FriendFeed in my Gmail. Sweet! :) “ It is vaguely familiar to him on… Read More