Posts Tagged ‘aggregator’

Ping.fm And The Social Media Duplication Problem

July 25, 2008
Ping.fm

I just got a beta signup to Ping.fm, so I’ve been trying it out over the past half hour or so. Essentially it posts a message to all your microblogging/status update services at once from one place. Here’s my first post:

“hoping I’ve successfully added my identi.ca account to ping.fm”

And indeed I have! It’s easy to set up. Now it’s just a question of deciding (carefully) which services to use it for.

And herein lies the rub. Because my use of ping.fm and other social media/web 2.0 services raises a related problem which could soon make signing up to any more services counterproductive: that is the problem of information duplication, also “noise“.

Every time I update ping.fm, it sends that update to Facebook, Twitter, Identi.ca and Tumblr (at the moment). However, I’ve set up twitterfeed to post all my tumblr updates to Twitter, so that will repeat information on Twitter – not good. To make matters worse, Twitter and Tumblr posts also appear on my Friendfeed, leading to further reduplication of information.

And so on. It turns out – surprise, surprise – that the more social media/aggregation services you use, the more complicated it becomes to manage your online lifestream.

Happily, you can customise Ping.fm to a certain extent to ensure that only certain types of update are sent to certain services. So you can, for example, set ping.fm to only sent status updates to Twitter, Facebook and Identi.ca, whereas microblogs and blogs are reserved for WordPress and Tumblr.

This is good to an extent, but it does mean you have to think carefully about the services you use if you’re into lifestreaming on Friendfeed etc. and you don’t want to piss off your followers.

How about you? Anyone else who compulsively signs up to new web 2.0 aggregation services and gets deluged by repeat info – leave a comment and let me know how you deal with information overload.

New On Tumblr

June 22, 2008

Tumblr logoI blogged here about tumblelogs a long time ago.

Now I’ve finally signed up for one. Here’s mine: Lost and Found

I plan to use it for shorter, more frequent posts, pictures, songs and links which deserve a little more comment than you can give on del.icio.us. This blog will remain of course, but I’ll try to post longer, more in-depth articles, reviews and comments.

Of course, if you’ve been reading this blog recently you’ll know that I’m into web 2.0 services which aggregate all your content in one place, so you may never need to visit my Tumblr blog at all. But please feel free to catch up with me on Friendfeed and Swurl.

Lostmoya on Swurl

June 21, 2008

Ah, the endless search for that perfect web 2.0 application which will aggregate all my online content once and for all and let me get on with my bleeding life for a change instead of searching endlessly for that perfect web 2.0 app… etc.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, Swurl!

It says it’s in beta at the top of the page, so it’s clear we’re firmly in web 2.0 territory before we even start. Swurl claims to make your life easier by bringing together all your online stuff in one place, kind of like Friendfeed.

In fact, there’s really not a lot of difference between the two that I can discern after a brief play-around with Swurl over the last half hour. Swurl does appear slicker, particularly when it comes to adding friends: it automagically finds all the friends from the services you add (e.g. twitter, youtube, del.icio.us) and sticks their updates in a separate tab. Whereas on Friendfeed you have to find and follow friends using that service.

Bizarrely, Swurl even accepts Friendfeed as a source for your consolidated online presence, which probably makes it some kind of meta-meta-mashup. My head’s hurting…

Anyway, here’s my Swurl profile if you want to check me out or whatever it is you kids do these days.

Friendfeed: Aggregate All Your Feeds Into One

May 7, 2008

In my ongoing quest to find the ultimate Web 2.0 utility I’ve just started using Friendfeed.

Friendfeed logo

The idea is simple: you subscribe for an account then add the feeds for a bunch of social bookmarking and networking services you already use, like del.icio.us, reddit, youtube, twitter, last.fm, etc. Friendfeed then monitors all your activities and publishes them in one place. Here’s mine.

If you’ve ever found it difficult to keep track of everything you’re doing online then that’s useful enough. But it doesn’t stop there. What’s even more interesting is that you can add friends see all their feeds alongside yours.

At the moment I don’t have any Friendfeed buddies 😦 so my Friendfeed actually looks identical to my individual feed. Over the next few months I’ll be working on my Facebook buddies who already use social bookmarking sites to try and get them to adopt Friendfeed too.

Incidentally, it’s also really easy to add people already using Friendfeed since it automatically publishes everyone’s activity into one mega-feed. So you can scan through (or search for something/someone in particular) and quickly add them.