Looks like FriendFeed is set to get more of its influence on Facebook as the social networking site promoted FriendFeed founder, Bret Taylor to the position of its CTO. We had reported the acquisition of FriendFeed by Facebook for $50 Million back in 2009. Bret has been the man who has tried to make it simpler to Facebook anyone, not sure how many have actually benefitted though.
If I be not wrong, I had stated that the social network is adopting more and more from FriendFeed. It’s evident, I mean ever since the acquisition, we have seen more FriendFeed like features, for example the Like button, share, comments, etc. In fact the reworked Facebook has a lot coming in from Bret’s brainchild. Given that there is a lot of influence of FriendFeed on Facebook, Bret has rightly been given the long vacant CTO position, where he will be able to more easily bring in FF ideas and further improve the Facebook platform. In email from Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO defines Bret’s role as follows:
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Alright I should stop yelling at Facebook and the problems it has with security, etc. Why? Because FriendFeed has a vulnerability, call it being influenced by Facebook (I know I am being skeptical about the social network). The bug lets you make FriendFeed posts as any one by sending a message via email. The proof is someone making a post as FriendFeed’s founder, Bret Taylor. FriendFeed has been quick at taking action and shutting down email posting to the service.
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FriendFeed had earlier launched themes to make FriendFeed better looking (the duck hunter). I guess that wasn’t enough so the team decided to let its users practice their own creativity and make their own. Select Custom theme, upload a background you would love to have (as ugly as you want to get), modify color combinations and there you have it. You might consider that theme to be the best piece of art or might be knocked in to senses by a friend who says it’s
crap not so nice and needs to changed. Jokes apart, the idea to let users create their own themes always sounds good and might just have its users all excited.
It had to happen, something closer to FriendFeed after Facebook acquired it. The social network has released a simplified version of its service called Facebook Lite for a few lucky users. The idea is to make Facebook more lighter and faster which I guess needs to happen, but from what the reports states, it is more closely associated to Twitter. I am not sure on what and how it is, for I haven’t been able to access it, however from the screen shots its appears to be a bit of both FriendFeed and Twitter. I am not sure how this is taken by all, but I appreciate it happening as it makes things a lot simpler (as it appears) but at the same time it kills the very purpose of what Facebook is on the Web at the same time making it more accessible on Mobile devices.
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While Google is trying allure to use more of its Book Search by offering free Sony e-book readers, its Reader team waved goodbye Ben Darnell. He had been a key member of Google Reader team and will now be a part of FriendFeed. This is the first key hiring by FriendFeed in over a year and Ben will lend his expertise at data storage and scalibility.
Real time is what almost every service is trying to integrate it in some way. However FriendFeed is running ahead with the idea and it all began with its redesign. Today it also put that real time-ness into its search, meaning that whatever term you search will show results that are updated with the latest updates associated to your search query. What’s more important is that you can also share and embed the search in your blog and it updates in real time as well. You can see one below:
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