In the post, How our digital lives are spreading out, Scoble dotes on FriendFeed and in a separate post said that his new blog design will be heavily influenced by FriendFeed, whatever that means. If he likes it any more, he would marry FriendFeed, talk about an unholy union. BTW, is Scoble migrating his online presence from his blog to FriendFeed an example of “Decentralized Me” or rather “Centralized Decentralized Me”?
All joking aside, his post got me thinking about whether FriendFeed is all that Scoble gushes about. I can see FriendFeed’s appeal for someone like him, a tech pundit and blogger with his own company fully immersed in the web 2.0 lifestyle doing a zillion things at one time. But what about your average user, Joe Blow, who enjoys watching the occasional video, rarely if ever posting a video, probably doesn’t have a blog, maybe has a MySpace or Facebook profile and well, generally not all that interesting to anyone else other than his friends and family. To which I say, Friendfeed isn’t really all that interesting to him, at least not in the same way as someone like Scoble.
The way I see it, services like FriendFeed and Twitter are particularly meaningful for someone who is well-known in his field, has a lot of followers / readers, and a desire to further extend his brand online. For the average user who doesn’t have much of an audience, it quickly becomes boring for him to friendfeed or twitter. However, the value of FriendFeed to an average user is keeping abreast of his favorite online personality activities. What say ye, FriendFeed and Twitter users.
BTW, how does Scoble keeps tab on 16,000 people? Talk about information overload.
I must have been channeling Scoble when I wrote this post (or maybe I stole his speech for Next Web Conference) but here’s what Scoble said per Techcrunch post Live From the Next Web (2008): Day 2
Kicking things off is Robert Scoble, who is talking about the new digital divide: People with friends and people without friends. The old digital divide (rich versus poor) still exists. But the new digital divide is a consequence of how social software works. You have a better experience on Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, Upcoming or even Google Reader the more friends that you have. But if you don’t have any friends, the experience really sucks.