The Perfect FriendFeed Desktop Client

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Posted 24 Nov 2008 in Geek Girl

Geek GirlI was looking for a better way to aggregate my social networking than a MyBlogLog widget – and I found FriendFeed.

FriendFeed enables you to keep up-to-date on the web pages, photos, videos and music that your friends and family are sharing. It offers a unique way to discover and discuss information among friends.

The goal of FriendFeed is to make content on the Web more relevant and useful for you by using your existing social network as a tool for discovering interesting information. You get a customized feed made up of the content that your friends shared – from news articles to family photos to interesting links and videos. And your friends get their customized feeds, full of the cool stuff that you’ve shared.

Think of FriendFeed as a one stop glance of what you have found interesting or noteworthy on the web – you add the social networks and websites you want to monitor, and FriendFeed does the rest. Read more about how FriendFeed works if you still need more information.

ChaCha Fance at Social Web Tools reviewed several desktop programs in search of the elusive ‘perfect’ FriendFeed desktop client. Her top pick was Eluma, but what kind of Geek Girl would I be if I didn’t check out the programs she reviewed for myself? Below you’ll find a link to each client along with my star ranking. I tested each client for 2 days each.

  • Alert Thingy A neat desktop application, but it was definitely missing some features. Runs on Adobe AIR. Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Twhirl While twhirl forces you to have 2 windows open – one for Twitter, one for FriendFeed, it still looks good and has a fun flavor. Rating: ★★★★☆
  • MySocial AIR – Worked okay on this machine but used up a LOT of RAM. Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • bTT by Sobees – Other than not liking how this one looked, it seemed to work okay, but it wasn’t as great as twhirl, IMHO. Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Eluma – ChaCha’s favorite, but this program took some time to set up and it had additional features I didn’t need. Rating: ★★★½☆

So for me, twhirl seems like the hands down winner – but I am sure as time goes on and FriendFeed becomes more popular, more desktop applications will be developed to fill the gaps lacking in this group of available software.

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  1. Very nice review & thanks for the link back! Since then, I’ve found a few other. My top pick is Feedalizr for now…… It wasn’t at first but they recently added some new features that makes it a top choice for me.

  2. atomi

    there is also feedalizr

  3. I’m definitely going to check out feedalizr, atomi! Thanks for the suggestion!