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  • This Used To Be My Playground

    This Used To Be My Playground

    Maybe you've read some of the stories this past week about how FriendFeed's traffic is way down following their sale to Facebook. The stats don't look good, as the site's traffic may have plummeted as much as 30% following its peak just prior to the sale. But to anyone who has meaningfully used the site since its inception, you probably didn't needs stats to tell you what should be obvious… Read More

  • For Your Eyes Only

    For Your Eyes Only

    Google Wave is roiling the collaboration space as it moves out of the sandbox and into a wider beta. The ripples are being felt by vendors ranging from IBM to Cisco and even Google itself. IBM is challenging Google Apps with an iNotes offering undercutting on price (as well as features, as Google quickly points out.) Cisco is buying small business videoconferencing assets to bolster its… Read More

  • Cliqset's Social Identity Platform Gets A Real-Time Makeover

    Cliqset's Social Identity Platform Gets A Real-Time Makeover

    Cliqset, a Friend-Feed-like online identity platform has gone through several iterations but perhaps third time is a charm. Cliqset's most recent platform tried to stitch together the social web by allowing users and developers build, organize and share social information across a wide variety of services. Similar to Friend-Feed and other social media aggregators, users could merge and share… Read More

  • Are We Kingmakers Or Prognosticators?

    Are We Kingmakers Or Prognosticators?

    While writing my previous post and looking over comments from earlier today on other posts, I started thinking about bias. For just about every story we write, it seems someone always has either a comment or an email for us ranging from suggestions that we should also write about such and such company that is a competitor to the one we wrote about, to outrage that we didn't mention the other said… Read More

  • TC50: Lissn Is A Broader Twitter Meets A Simpler Google Wave

    TC50: Lissn Is A Broader Twitter Meets A Simpler Google Wave

    A lot of people use Twitter to have conversations with others, but that's not really what it was built for. Initially, Twitter was just supposed to be a place to update what you are doing; the @reply only came around because people started using it to direct a conversation at another user. Now conversations are one of the most interesting things about Twitter, and a new startup launching in… Read More

  • A Nice Big FriendFeed Bug: Impersonate Anyone!

    A Nice Big FriendFeed Bug: Impersonate Anyone!

    There's quite a big vulnerability with FriendFeed right now. Using the FriendFeed By Email function, apparently anyone can post a message as anyone else on FriendFeed. For example, someone posted this pretending to be FriendFeed co-founder Bret Taylor. Obviously, this is a huge security problem. When it was spotted just about an hour ago, FriendFeed jumped on it quickly, and has shut down email… Read More

  • Facebook Open Sources FriendFeed's Real-Time Tech

    Facebook Open Sources FriendFeed's Real-Time Tech

    When Facebook acquired FriendFeed last month, everyone knew it was getting some pretty impressive technology along with the obvious talent in the company. What people probably didn't expect is that Facebook would open source a portion of it. But that's what they're doing today with the release of Tornado, a real-time web framework for Python, onto the web. Another new Facebook addition, Dave… Read More

  • One and one and one is three

    One and one and one is three

    Today’s Gmail outage illustrates just how tolerant the new realtime architecture is to individual service failure. The initial surprise at the comprehensive nature of the flatlining may have caused some significant degree of marketing damage, my bet is that the end result will be a boost to the service’s popularity, and with it, realtime services including Twitter and FriendFeed. For… Read More

  • Facebook Improves Its Share Functionality; Still Not As Good As FriendFeed's

    Facebook Improves Its Share Functionality; Still Not As Good As FriendFeed's

    Of the 7 bookmarklets I have installed on my web browser, the Facebook Share one is the one I use the least. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of sharing stuff on Facebook, but the Share functionality is too slow and too clunky. Today, Facebook is trying to improve it — but it's still won't be as good as the functionality of the company it just bought, FriendFeed. From what it has written on… Read More

  • Facebook Reiterates That You Can Reject Friends Without Looking Like A Jerk

    Facebook Reiterates That You Can Reject Friends Without Looking Like A Jerk

    Last night, I wrote about the largely unstated but well known rule-of-thumb for Twitter: That people with more followers than the number of people they are following tend to be better people to follow. Such a ratio cannot exist on Facebook because unlike Twitter, it has a symmetric social graph — if you friend someone, they have to accept your friend request or else there is absolutely no… Read More