FriendFeed vs Jaiku

30 June 2008

I've been looking at FriendFeed a bit this weekend. They seem to actually roll out new features, and I have a feeling that feeds may update more often.

Development is very important to me, because I get bored looking at the same old application for too long, so this thing could be interesting. Jaiku, in the meantime, hasn't seen any interesting changes in months, and feed retrieval feels slower and slower.

If I jump, and my friends don't right away, it's OK, because I've already created them as imaginary friends on FriendFeed, meaning I added them with their feeds, so I can still see them. I've also managed to hook up a few 3rd-party apps, like IMified and FF-to-go. After figuring out to ignore friend-of-friend traffic, I think I may be able to use FF-to-go without it burying me in reading.

I ultimately still want a more distributed system to do this stuff, but this thing may address the current pain points I have with Jaiku. We'll see if I stay here or not -- I always hear that ultimately, it comes down to where your friends are.

Emerging Technology Conference at MapQuest

28 March 2008

I'm organizing An Evening of Emerging Technologies at MapQuest in Lancaster, PA on 23 April 2008.

It's a free open space conference, so join us to hear about technology in our region and to share your own experiences. Click the link and register today.

Imagine No Religion

19 February 2008

There's a Billboard War going on in some spots around the United States. One particular site is in Chambersburg, PA -- that's a relatively short drive. I'd love to go see these billboards in person.

How do you demonstrate support for this message once you're there?

If I Implemented a new Jaiku

09 January 2008

Jaiku's getting boring, since they don't actually update anything, and now, they seem to just be letting it fall apart. Maybe I'll need to move soon.

A true Unix philosopher would find just the right tools for each part of the job and pipe them together. Is that Twitter for microblogging, and Tumblr for full aggregation of all my content? Do I care about the community that has gathered around Jaiku? Leo Laporte concludes that you just have to go where your friends are, but I think I may just be able to point my RSS reader at my friends.

The key features of Jaiku to me are:

What else is important?

I think that otherwise, I'd enhance my system with:

Those are the features that are important to me, but unfortunately, I don't actually get around to coding anymore, so I'll just have to wait for someone else to do it.

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