It has been very cool to see conferences use Twitter so their participants can communicate in real-time. It is perhaps this use of Twitter that has sent the service repeatedly over capacity. We know that investors are pumping money into Twitter, but the impact of that money hasn't yet been felt. Miracles cannot occur overnight. So what do we do? Yesterday, some of my Twitter friends announced that they were moving -- perhaps temporarily -- to FriendFeed. It only took 1-2 people to make the announcement in order to get more of us to go with them. I didn't have a FriendFeed account until yesterday, but now have one setup and am getting used to it. It is very different from Twitter and not a Twitter replacement. For example, you can post to Twitter from a number of different devices and services, but the same may not be as true for FriendFeed. (I'm saying that based on a Twitter conversation this morning.) FriendFeed has a blog and they've been posting tutorials in the blog, for example:
- Ross's FriendFeed Tutorial #1: Using FriendFeed's "Hide" features
- Ross's FriendFeed Tutorial #2: Email Pictures To FriendFeed Using Mail2FF
- Ross's FriendFeed Tutorial #3: FriendFeed Rooms
Is FriendFeed "in" and Twitter "out"? Who knows. Personally, I hope that Twitter gets its act together. I -- and others -- like the service. Many people are just figuring out how to use it. And its great for conferences. For now, I'm using both and if my friends decide to abandon Twitter, I may have to do too. How useful is a social networking tool, when none of your friends are there?
Originally posted in eNetworking 101: The Blog.