FriendFeed Redesign: The Future of Real Time Web?

FriendFeed has generated a good bit of buzz since the companies inception because the founders came from Google. Paul Bucheit, the driver behind the company, was the creator(well, basically) of GMail and has continued to prove that he is a visionary with the latest FriendFeed update. Basically FriendFeed took some of the best parts of Facebook and Twitter – many of which had been stolen from them so they really were only taking them back – combined it with a better conversation format, a better look in my opinion, and a host of powerful tools.

Perhaps the most interesting feature is that FriendFeed is literally real time. In other words unlike Facebook and Twitter where you have to hit refresh – on FriendFeed you only have to sit there and wait for the posts and information to flow by. It really heralds the future of social networking on the web in my eyes, although it remains to be seen if non-techies buy into that idea any time soon and if they can keep up with the flow of information. It can be somewhat overwhelming.

Regardless, FriendFeed’s beta which is available at FriendFeed Beta is something you need to check out!

My main question is how are they going to make money? They haven’t said and I am not sure that enterprise features like companies such as Yammer could ever work for the real time web. After all enterprise instant messaging is already the real time web, especially if you use powerful tools such as Brosix Enterprise Messaging which according to many categories in the is the best IM client for business clients everywhere.

In other words FriendFeed needs to look more at measuring consumer sentiment in the real time and data mining that for companies rather than enterprise options.


Skype Fan Here

Skype has enormous potential and really should be seen as one of the clear winners of web 2.0. People tend to allow Skype’s success to be obscured by just how much eBay paid for it many years ago but currently it has hundreds of millions in revenue – it also seems to be profitable. The service is now making its way on to phones which is great to see for fans of the product.

One of the reasons I believe that Skype should continue to grow is that my own Grandmother, who is not tech savvy, has become a die hard fan of the service. I had to download the service, set up her account, and show her how to use it.

With that said she LOVES it and uses Skype to talk to her grandchildren, including me.

If my 62 year old Grandmother uses Skype then it has a future!

It will be most interesting to see how it makes the transition to mobile phones. Vodafone creating a Skype-based phone was in the news today, for example.

They are trying to break into enterprise messaging but my interest in them as far as enterprise goes is not in line with their free product. When it comes to business I like to keep personal and public apart which is why I tend to prefer Brosix Enterprise Messaging. For more information on Brosix go to