FriendFeed is too much info

May 2nd, 2008


One of the key topics (I think) in my Casual Privacy talk last week was the importance of “context” in privacy and sharing. That some people have trouble understanding how fundamental context is to all social interactions was my primary take away from SG Foo, and I’ve been preaching it quietly where I can.

All by way of saying, I made one of my rare visits to FriendFeed this evening, and I was reminded that I consistently regret it. Breaking down those contextual walls means I consistently like the people I find there less then I did when I was able to interact with them in isolated manners; fire walling the aesthetic from the technical from the political from the personal.

We need routing not aggregation.

5 responses to “FriendFeed is too much info”

  1. bitmonk says:

    This is really interesting. I agree, the reason I have embraced FriendFeed and Plaxo is the control over publishing and aggregation, but I feel constricted in listening to scrobbled tunes, adding items to amazon wishlist, etc.. now. We need a way to say that we want to share something.

    Brilliant! 😀

  2. bitmonk says:

    a PERVASIVE way!

  3. Phil Wilson says:

    Could you use OAuth on a feed? Depending on the requestor, they get different entries? Initial auth stage followed by a redirect to a unique URL which is a subscribable feed?

    Alternately, if a feed was available over XMPP, use Data Forms to prompt the subscriber to tick which bits of a person’s life they want to subscribe to? “You want to subscribe to Phil – which bits? [ ]Life [ ]Bookmarks [ ]Work” (or whatever)

    but really you’d want the subscriber to have to do as little as possible, whilst getting the most value, so for people you know, doling out links based on context you know them might work (defaulting to a generic subset). I have no idea how to do that context bit yet btw :) Maybe use a field in Google Contacts, so the subscriber has to enter the email address you know them by?

    End of random thoughts :)

  4. Ha! This is a much more eloquent way of describing what I’ve been feeling about Twitter recently, which is that I rarely tweet because I rarely have something I want to say to everybody. I’ve sort of chosen the professional realm for my tweets because that’s what made the most sense, but I don’t see it being widely useful until things can be filtered (aka. routed).

  5. xian says:

    plus a million