How does FriendFeed work?
FriendFeed aggregates all of your activity from the sites you choose using web crawling technologies similar to those used by search engines. For most sites, all you need to provide FriendFeed is your username, and the FriendFeed crawler will automatically find and broadcast all of your public activity on that site. For other sites, or for services that contain private data and require special forms of authentication, FriendFeed takes advantage of the APIs provided by those sites to collect your activity.
- Can I keep track of friends that don’t use FriendFeed?
Yes, you can use our “imaginary friends” feature to see what your friends are sharing on some services, even if they aren’t FriendFeed users themselves. For example, if you know your friend’s Flickr username, you can create an imaginary friend with that Flickr account, and every time your friend publishes a photo to a public album, you’ll see it as an entry in your feed.
You can only use FriendFeed’s imaginary friends feature to see the public information your friends share.
- How else can I access FriendFeed?
You can view your FriendFeed in your iGoogle homepage or read it in a feed reader. Our Atom feed contains all comments, likes, and thumbnails, as well as detailed Media RSS tags so you can get as good of a FriendFeed experience in your feed reader as you do on the FriendFeed site. You can even get your entire FriendFeed — comments and all — delivered to your inbox. If your feed is public, you can also use our blog widget to embed your FriendFeed in your homepage or blog.