Saturday, January 3, 2009

Finding your Twitter friends on FriendFeed

One of the things I want to do with this blog going forward is more how-to posts. Short and quick things that show you how to do something new. It won't be my sole focus, but it does seems to be an activity that makes sense for this format. Plus, these sorts of posts have been very popular in the past-- just giving you more of what you seem to want.

That said, here's a quick tip to help you find your Twitter followers on FriendFeed. As you know, I'm a big fan of FriendFeed, but for a lot of people getting started can be a bit of a hurdle. It can feel like a ghost town until you get your network constructed. So let's fix that. This nifty little utility, Twitter-to-FriendFeed Contact Sync is designed to help you find your contacts from Twitter that are also using FriendFeed.

The way it works: first you enter your Twitter user name and password. I know, trusting your password with a 3rd party site is risky. I don't, however, use a password on these social networking sites that I use anywhere important. Neither should you. If you use the same password on Twitter as you use at your bank-- THEN DON'T DO THIS SORT OF STUFF. Don't be stupid, okay?

Once you've given it your Twitter info it goes to work mining your Twitter friends. Depending on how many friends you have this can take from a few seconds to several minutes to complete. The result is this list of your friends:

Then you enter your FriendFeed subscription info and remote key. If you don't know your key it will find it for you-- couldn't be easier. It mines the two lists and brings you back these two lists showing which of your friends are using both services:

Then just look down the list, and choose who you'd like to subscribe to. You'll still have some other work to do in FriendFeed getting your new subscribers into their correct lists, but that's a topic for another day. Hope this helps you to begin to either get started with, or to enjoy FriendFeed all the more.


Eli Sagor said...

This is great! I've been looking for something like this. Thanks Kevin for sharing and for the instructions.

Anonymous said...

You might also want to change your Twitter password to something else BEFORE putting entering it into that utility. And AFTER you are done, change it back. Not a complete solution to the security problem, but at least nobody can stumble on your real password in that application's log file or whatever.