FriendFeed real-time: It’s Twitter-tastic

by Mathew on October 15, 2008 · 2 comments

Just in time for the U.S. election, FriendFeed — the “life-streaming” aggregator run by former Google engineers Paul “Gmail” Buchheit and Bret Taylor — has launched a real-time view that looks more than a little bit like Twitter, or like Twitter would if it had an auto-update feature (which it used to at one point, MG Siegler at VentureBeat points out, until the strain on its servers made it turn the feature off). Like some others, I confess I find it a tad vertigo-inducing, like watching the landscape rush past you on a train and trying to focus on individual objects. But for a small room with relatively few participants, I could see it being quite useful. More useful than Twitter? (assuming “useful” is a word you’re prepared to think of in association with Twitter) That’s hard to say. I’ve embedded the presidential debate room below so you can get a taste of what it looks like.

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    Friendfeed has just rolled out a new feature which gives us real-time view of our Friendfeed friends’ updates. Utilizing a technique that it calls “long polling” which practically eliminates to send a request for Friendfeed to update.Twitter appears to have an unassailable lead in users and their resultant Follow clouds in real time view.
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