FriendFeed Still Has a Lot of Killing to Do


With Twitter down all the time, the super-early adopters are getting frustrated and looking to FriendFeed as their salvation. Duncan (over at Inquisitr now) argues that it is time for FriendFeed to kill Twitter. And Jason Kaneshiro at Webomatica already has FriendFeed Fever. He thinks it can not only replace Twitter, but also Facebook, Google Reader, and Digg!

FriendFeed certainly has a lot of potential, but it still has a lot of killing to do. Not much data is available for how FriendFeed is actually doing, other than blog headlines on Techmeme. The life-streaming service does not even register yet on comScore, for instance. Compete counts only 150,000 monthly U.S. visitors, versus 1.2 million for Twitter (and that only takes into account visits to Twitter’s Website, not all the other ways people use the service—other apps, mobile, etc.). Just to keep things in perspective.

And, of course, let’s not forget that there are other forces afoot on the Internet at large, specifically the dream of true data portability, that could in turn kill FriendFeed.

So is FriendFeed the future, or merely pointing the way to the future? Only time, and the execution capabilities of the team at FriendFeed, will tell.