FriendFeed Groups – the Fast Track to Content & Community

Want to hear a secret? How would you like a major shortcut to finding information that you are interested in as well as connecting with others that might like to subscribe to within Friendfeed?

Welcome to Friendfeed Groups.Picture by Grzegorz Łobiński

Groups in their simplest form are a feed generated by contributions from multiple users. “Think of it as a mini FriendFeed for a particular subject or group of people. Everyone in the group can share stuff with each other and leave comments that others in the group can see.” (see FriendFeed’s Help Page on Groups).

Groups are commonly formed around a particular topic or common interest so they are a great place for you to begin discovering within FriendFeed. To get started visit the Find Groups page and you’ll find a list of popular groups as well as a search box. Try searching for whatever interests you. Here are a few groups you might consider

  • All Things Google – Google news, apps, features, and Easter eggs. Everything related to Google (the company and its products)
  • Apps – Share news, reviews, questions & updates about your favorite desktop, phone & web apps.
  • The Bloggers Discussions – all about blogging
  • Funny Pics and Videos
  • iPhone – Got an iPhone? Join, discuss, and share the latest tips, tricks, and news.
  • Twitter – Great room to discover apps, discuss features, and catch related news

You can also create your own groups (these used to be called rooms so you will hear both terms, they mean the same thing).  Click the “Create a Group” link in the top right hand corner of the FriendFeed Groups page. Groups can be Private (only the people you invite can view and post), Standard (you post, anyone can comment), or Public (anyone can post or comment). Give your group a name, choose the type, and presto you are now a group admin.

Groups are really flexible so beyond topical rooms here are a couple of ideas to get you thinking:

  • Created a Branded Group – Create a group for your website or organization. Then import your RSS feed, Twitter feed, and then share items manually as well. It’s a great way to communicate to a target community
  • Created a Vanity/Brand Monitoring Group – Create a group that helps you monitor your brand or name across the internet. Import a Twitter Search RSS feed, setup a Backtype account with an alert and import the alert RSS, setup a Google Alert and import the RSS feed. Voila now you have a single container to monitor mentions across the internet.
  • Create a Room for Live Blogging – Are you covering a live event or conference? Rooms work better than multiple blog posts or even Twitter. Create a Group for the Event and then you can embed the Group directly to your blog. This is probably the best live blogging solution I’ve seen and it allows people to interact real time.
  • Create a room to accompany your broadcast, podcast, or LiveStream – Create a room so viewers/listeners can ask questions and leave comments. Great for real time interaction as well as comments and info when you are off-air. (Credit Leo Laporte with popularizing this method. Go to live.twit.tv and you’ll find a link to his TWiT Conversations Room)
  • Create a “I’m Going to Blog this later” Room – If you are a blogger this is a MUST. Create a private room and when you find something that you are going to write about simply share it to your private room. It works better than bookmarks because you can add images and personal notes as comments. If you collaborate with others this is even more essential because it allows you to discuss upcoming posts and submit ideas and editing remarks.

Finally, Groups are a great way to find people. When you find a room start subscribing to people who shared interesting content and if you want to find more just click the “# subscribers” link in the top right hand corner.

Groups really take FriendFeed to the next level so get involved by joining and creating your own Groups.

7 responses to “FriendFeed Groups – the Fast Track to Content & Community”

  1. orangejack says:

    Nice overview. I've been playing with groups (since they were rooms!) and have learned a few things I'd like to mention.

    I have a brand monitor room as well but there's a better search criteria for twitter I use: -from:orangejack orangejack. That search looks for all mentions of my brand but leaves out my personal tweets from orangejack.

    The 'blog this later' room is an interesting idea. Do you delete the item once you've acted on it? For stuff like that I need the ability to check it off and not lose it.

    One room I created last year that has been helpful is the Hurricane Room: http://friendfeed.com/hurricane It pulls in data from various hurricane sources including NOAA and even the Red Cross from their response teams. It's been quite helpful especially as storms approach.

  2. tsudohnimh says:

    Thanks for the good tips. That's a good suggestion concerning the Twitter
    search and the Hurricane room is a great idea.

    For the “blog this later” room I usually just added a “posted” comment to
    the end of it but you could delete it as well.

    Thanks for reading and I really appreciate your comment.

  3. Tsudo says:

    Thanks for the good tips. That's a good suggestion concerning the Twitter
    search and the Hurricane room is a great idea.

    For the “blog this later” room I usually just added a “posted” comment to
    the end of it but you could delete it as well.

    Thanks for reading and I really appreciate your comment.

  4. Rob Williams says:

    Nice overview. I've been playing with groups (since they were rooms!) and have learned a few things I'd like to mention.

    I have a brand monitor room as well but there's a better search criteria for twitter I use: -from:orangejack orangejack. That search looks for all mentions of my brand but leaves out my personal tweets from orangejack.

    The 'blog this later' room is an interesting idea. Do you delete the item once you've acted on it? For stuff like that I need the ability to check it off and not lose it.

    One room I created last year that has been helpful is the Hurricane Room: http://friendfeed.com/hurricane It pulls in data from various hurricane sources including NOAA and even the Red Cross from their response teams. It's been quite helpful especially as storms approach.

  5. Keith says:

    Thanks for the good tips. That's a good suggestion concerning the Twitter
    search and the Hurricane room is a great idea.

    For the “blog this later” room I usually just added a “posted” comment to
    the end of it but you could delete it as well.

    Thanks for reading and I really appreciate your comment.

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