Found via a tab on the Facebook homepage, Live Feed loads up all of the stories from your friends and updates the list in real-time. The feed is available in Log Mode (seen above) or the more traditional Full Stories. When one of your friends does something, Live Feed slides everything down, making room for the new story, which fades in. The stream is very cool to watch roll … Read more
FriendFeed has just made available a new look for users who want to give it a spin ahead of its launch to the general public. Users who visit beta.Friendfeed.com will see the slightly new look that may not seem all that different from the old version, but frequent users will notice a slew of updates the greatly improve the service's social experience.
One of the big new features is the inclusion of photos. You can now post a photo, not just text or a link. Previously the service would pick up photos from some items like from … Read more
AOL's People Networks division, formed when the company acquired Bebo, has picked up a new friend: Socialthing, a Boulder, Colo.-based start-up that aggregates social feeds from sites like Digg, Twitter, and Flickr.
The acquisition has not yet been completed, but is close to it.
No financial details have yet been released regarding the acquisition of Socialthing, which falls into the same niche as FriendFeed and is still in private beta. The company is a new one; it emerged out of Boulder's TechStars incubator and had its official launch party at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in … Read more
You can now filter the items in your Facebook News Feed depending on what you're hoping to check out, thanks to a cool new drop-down menu. Previously, you could sort the list by a few Facebook mainstays: status updates, photo-related updates, and "posted items."
The filter additions, originally reported late last night by TechCrunch, are events, groups, fan pages, several applications that differ by the member (my filter offers me the option to search by the "Bumper Sticker" application, which I have never installed but which I guess a fair number of people on my … Read more
On Monday Joop Dorresteijn, contributing editor at The Next Web, unveiled a vulnerability in Google-owned feed tracking service Feedburner that lets anyone with some basic copy and paste skills and a Netvibes account pump up their blog subscriber numbers into the hundreds of thousands.
The "hack" is a two step affair, involving first tweaking an OPML file that lists your subscriptions, then subscribing to said feed in a simple feed-aggregation tool like Netvibes or My Yahoo. The data will then be fed through Feedburner's counters overnight, with the freshly increased numbers showing up the next morning.
Google … Read more
Web-based RSS feed aggregator Spreed is casual reading's worst enemy. A speed-reader extraordinaire like Robert Scoble might enjoy it as a way to dig through even more stories a day, but at its heart it's kind of like visiting an aquarium with one of those moving sidewalks; you're still seeing what you came there to see--you just don't have the luxury of taking your time.
Time is actually the key focus of Spreed. It centers on a speed-reading player that will only show you three or four words of a story at a time, and in … Read more
If you are a San Francisco resident considering solar panels, now is the time for action, says Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity, a start-up that leases panels to homeowners.
Since the city solar-incentive program came into effect in July, it has become financially viable for even small energy consumers to install solar-power systems.
The San Francisco incentive covers between $3,000 to $6,000 for homeowners to install solar panels, as well as $10,000 for businesses and nonprofits, and $30,000 for nonprofit affordable housing. The program runs for a decade.
This initiative, together with a state rebate program … Read more
Depending on the day, the hour, the minute and the effects of my last pedicure, I change my mind about Facebook.
Why does Facebook think I may have changed something more?
My sex, for example.
I'm about as technical as the rules of Red Rover. I don't get particularly excited when someone invites me to bite their vampire or suck up their karma.
But I have had to seriously question myself and my life-choices when I received the following notice, splashed across my Facebook page.
It is headlined WHICH EXAMPLE APPLIES TO YOU?
The next line reads: Right … Read more
This top-notch feed reader will devour your RSS and Atom feeds, though some users might find it too basic. Snarfer keenly follows the "keep it simple" adage in every function. An uncomplicated, uncluttered interface follows a generic layout of left-side listed entries and a central preview pane. Set your browser to recognize Snarfer as your feed catcher and you'll find the program has already entered the link from the clipboard into your add-feed dialog.
To save an entry, simply drag it to a Save folder. E-mailing an entry and other basic functions are available in the context … Read more
Mippin, a mobile feed reading service I looked at back in late 2007, has undergone a world of change in the last 10 months. On Tuesday night, the site is launching a new version aimed specifically at iPhone users--a growing segment of the market which will soon be even larger with the forthcoming release of the 3G model.
This new version follows in the footsteps of older iterations, but has been tweaked to fit the screen a little better, as well as deliver an overall performance increase in page load times. The company has also laid the groundwork for an … Read more