I've created another screencast. This time I take on creating FriendFeed imaginary friends. One of the things I hear most often from people as to why they don't want to try FriendFeed is, "All my friends are on X." Where X is usually Facebook or Twitter.
The beauty of FriendFeed is that it is an aggregator so your friends (and you) can pipe their information into FriendFeed from a variety of sources, and you only have to go to one place to see it. But that doesn't work so well if your friends don't use FriendFeed. To solve that problem FriendFeed allows you to create imaginary friends. Basically, you can follow them as if they were really using the service. It's actually very cool.
There are three use cases for imaginary friends:
- Staying up with people who don't use FriendFeed
- Following people where you don't want them to know you are following them. Yes-- stalking
- Creating hybrid friends-- combining several feeds from disparate sources into a single feed
If you've been thinking of moving to FriendFeed, but haven't because your friends don't use it, then perhaps imaginary friends is just what you've been needing to make the leap. Give it a try.
NOTE: Be sure and watch the HD version of the screencast. It was rendered in HD and it is far more viewable than the lower quality default formats.
Also, YouTube tells you this is a little over 9 minutes long. That isn't right-- it's actually 6 minutes. This was my error. I've replaced the video with a sparkly brand-new clean version.