|Type of site||Social aggregator|
|Available language(s)||Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish|
|Alexa rank||1,683 (April 2014[update])|
FriendFeed is a real-time feed aggregator that consolidates the updates from social media and social networking websites, social bookmarking websites, blogs and micro-blogging updates, as well as any other type of RSS/ Atom feed. Created by Bret Taylor, Jim Norris, Paul Buchheit and Sanjeev Singh. It is possible to use this stream of information to create customized feeds to share, as well as originate new posts-discussions, (and comment) with friends. Friendfeed is built on top of Tornado (web server).
The goal of FriendFeed according to their website is to make content on the Web more relevant and useful by using existing social networks as a tool for discovering interesting information. Users can be an individual, business or organization. Bloggers writing about FriendFeed have said that this service addresses the shortcomings of social media services which exclusively facilitate tracking of their own members' social media activities on that particular social media service, whereas FriendFeed provides the facility to track these activities (such as posting on blogs, Twitter and Flickr) across a broad range of different social networks. Some bloggers are concerned about readers commenting on their posts inside FriendFeed instead of on their blogs, resulting in fewer page views for the blogger.
The founders are all former Google Inc. employees who were involved in the launch of services such as Gmail and Google Maps. They include Paul Buchheit, Jim Norris, Sanjeev Singh and Bret Taylor. Venture capital agency Benchmark Capital is involved with the investment funding.
FriendFeed is based in Mountain View, California and had on average one million monthly visitors. Employees of FriendFeed created the Simple Update Protocol to reduce the load put on sites by aggregators such as theirs.
A user can configure their FriendFeed account to aggregate content from the following services:
- Locker, an open source alternative that aims to provide a similar, but more ambitious service.
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