FriendFeed, A Smarter Way to View Your Contact’s Flickr and Zooomr Photos

Friend Feed, A Smarter Way to View Your Contact's Photos

I’ve been using FriendFeed for a couple of weeks now and absolutely love it. FriendFeed allows you to subscribe to FriendFeed accounts set up by your friends that aggregates all of their Flickr and/or Zooomr photos, their blog posts, their Twitter Tweets and Pownces, plus about 30 other social sites where people might post data.

You can selectively hide info that you’re not interested in on a single post or whole site basis. I may love someones Flickr photos for example but hate their Tumblr posts and so I can filter those out.

My favorite part about FriendFeed is how it handles photos. It’s so much smarter than Flickr or Zooomr. With Flickr when you go to look at your contacts photos you can either choose to see their last 1 or 5 photos. With Zooomr it’s their last 5 photos through Zipline.

The problem is that people oftentimes upload more than 5 photos at a time. I know that I do. And I hate it when someone uploads more than 5 photos at a time and I have no idea without manually going to their stream to investigate. So a lot of great photos that I’d like to see by my friends end up getting buried.

FriendFeed handles your contacts most recent photos much better. With FriendFeed they show you 7 photos from a recent upload session by your friend (not 1 or 5), what’s even better though is that they have a little icon button if your friend uploads more than 7 that you can click to expand the thumbnail out and see the rest of them. Awesome!

The problem though is that a lot of people on Flickr and Zooomr aren’t on FriendFeed yet. If you are a contact of mine and are on FriendFeed please drop me a comment with your FriendFeed page. This is where I’m going to be spending a lot of time looking at my contact’s photostreams in the future. If you aren’t on FriendFeed yet, consider signing up for it. Even if you don’t use it this will allow your friends who do the ability to see your Flickr/Zooomr photos over there.

FriendFeed does have the ability to build “imaginary” friends even if your Flickr/Zooomr pals don’t sign up. I’ve set up a bunch of these already for some of my contacts, but that’s a lot of work and I’d much rather just add you if you have a friendfeed account.

If you’d like to add me and my photos on FriendFeed my account is here. Leave yours in a comment and I’ll add you.

If you’d like to look through my contacts to see if there are other people you might want to add you can do that here.

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  1. seibu1 says:

    Hey Thomas, thanks for posting about this awesome new service.

    I set up an account after reading your post:

  2. Stig says:

    I’m giving it a try too:

    It doesn’t seem to be a very used service among my friends, but maybe someone gets inspired now, like I did here:-)

  3. Greg Furry says:


    I have tried friendfeed but can’t quite get into it for the simple reason of there is no mobile version. I have been using socialthing and like the iphone version.

    I have a few invites if anyone wants to check it out. Of course now that I mention it, it seem to be down at the moment. I guess that is why they call it beta 🙂

  4. One good thing is that if you have contacts on Flickr that you wish would join FriendFeed but they won’t or haven’t yet it’s okay because you can create “Imaginary Friends” on FriendFeed and add their Flickr account, blog, & feeds, etc. That way you can use FriendFeed to keep up with your contacts posts even if they don’t join.

  5. bikejohn says:

    I like FriendFeed too. I don’t follow as many people as you but I like that it aggregates blogs, Flickr, Twitter and such.

    My feed is

    Take care,

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the “heads up” on FriendFeed. I too find the contact photo viewing functionality on Flickr somewhat limiting.

  7. Eric says:

    I set myself up on there but no one else I know is actually using it yet. Still, feel free to add me – it does get my flickr photos at least.