FriendFeed explodes onto the scene, but it is still an information fire hose

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In October of last year (yes during the bn days) I wrote about FriendFeed.  The digerati hadn’t really found it, but I got in and set up my account and promptly forgot about it.

So while this is undoubtedly cool, I think people with say a few hundred friends on Facebook similar numbers on other social networks, will find that they are drowning in a sea of information. Source: From Google to FriendFeed:One Feed to Unite Your Friends | A View from the Isle

In the past week or so it has exploded (back?) onto the scene, and I hooked back into it (had to remember my dern password it had been so long).  The question is, while folks are all atwitter over it, is this the next great thing for aggregating information, the next shiny thing, or just an information fire hose?

My vote is fire hose.

I’ve held off on a post about FriendFeed because I wanted to give it a shot.  I subscribed/followed a bunch of people (100+ right now), subscribed to the RSS feed, and started to interact with the service.  I wanted to give this a longer try than I did the last time.

Here’s the problem, and Muhammad Saleem expressed this as well, that the essential part of the information, the conversation, is now not only on the source article but on FriendFeed as well.

This disconnect doesn’t solve the information overload problem, it just exacerbates it.

Yes, I agree, it’s nice to see all my friends’ stuff in one place.  Yes, this might be a good way to catch up on things.  However, even with just 100 people, the RSS feed becomes such an info dump that I just have to hit mark all read and move on.  I don’t have time to filter through all this stuff.

I haven’t tried SocialThing yet (need an invite, if anyone has one to spare)–Muhammad likes it for the conversation in context aspect of it–so I don’t have a comparison point yet.

This all makes you wonder if all the media we’re creating is hurting or helping us connect with each other?

FriendFeed discussion (my picks of the good stuff):

Let’s see where this all goes…

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