FriendFeed, A Better Way to View Your Flickr Contact’s Photos and Faves
Over the course of the past two months I’ve been increasingly getting into FriendFeed, a new service started by a few ex-Google employees. FriendFeed is a service that aggregates all of the basic places that your friends are publishing to on the internet on one site. When you look at someone’s FriendFeed account it will include their Flickrstream, their blog, their Twitter account, and any of about 30 other services.
But even if you don’t care about all of the other services where your friends are publishing and *only* want to use FriendFeed to browse Flickr photos, it’s still a *much better place* to do this than Flickr itself.
When you add someone on FriendFeed, every time they publish photos to their Flickr account you see them all. On Flickr when you look at your contacts/friends most recent photos you only get to see the last 1 photo or the last 5 photo depending on your settings.
What this means is that you are missing many of the best photos from your Contacts and Friends on Flickr. When I upload, for instance, I typically upload 10 photos at a time. What you see are only my last 5 photos on Flickr. You miss the rest. They get buried.
Not on FriendFeed though. When you subscribe to my FriendFeed account you get to see the last 7 photos from any upload session of mine (or any of your other contacts) but then FriendFeed has a little plus sign that you can use to expand any photographer’s photos beyond the most recent 7 and see them all.
The problem with Flickr’s current view of your contact/friend photos is that unless you stay on top of it *all the time* you inevitably miss photos that you would have liked to have seen. FriendFeed solves this problem for you by ensuring that you get to see *all* the photos that your friends upload, not just some of them.
Even better though, at FriendFeed when you subscribe to your friend’s Flickrstream you not only get to see all of *their* photos. You get to see all of the photos that they fave as well. This is simply an amazing feed of photographs.
The problem with discovering photos on Flickr is that Flickr’s “Explore” is weak sauce. I get bored of the photos there. How many times do I want to see sunsets and birds and whatever else the overall Flickr population seems to promote.
Instead with FriendFeed my friends become the arbitrators of good taste. Have you ever noticed how awesome the photos that snailbooty faves are? These are not photos you are going to find in Explore generally speaking. With FriendFeed, you essentially turn your friends into curators who present you with their gems that they find from Flickr every single day.
But what if the person that you want to follow is not on FriendFeed? What then? Easy. FriendFeed allows you to make “imaginary friends.” Simply create an “imaginary friend” and point it to your favorite Flickr photographer/faver and you will begin to see all of their photos and faves just like they were on the service.
Even if you don’t care to watch your friends photos and faves you still may want to sign up for FriendFeed anyways. Why? Because *other people* are using it and it is one of the fastest growing sites on the internet. It is simple to set up your own FriendFeed account and this will ensure an even broader audience for your photos beyond what Flickr can offer. FriendFeed is where I’m finding the majority of the photos that I look at on Flickr anymore.
Come check it out. My FriendFeed account flitered for Flickr is here if you want to add me. If you are on the service and a Flickr user please add your FriendFeed account as a comment to this post — or the post on FriendFeed. I’d like to make sure that I’m following you there as well and that way others that view this post can add you as a contact too.
Finally, if you want to browse FF for existing Flickr users that you might want to add and follow, you can click through this link here to filter the service and only show you Flickr user’s photos.
Of course, none of this could be possible without the generosity of Flickr’s open API system which makes all of this possible.