Use FriendFeed to Consolidate Your Social Networks

With all of the social networks and information feeds available today, it can be hard to keep track of everything. FriendFeed is a social network that lets you consolidate your information sources in one place so that others may follow your accounts, such as your RSS and Twitter feeds, more easily. You can also follow the accounts of others in one feed as well. Think of it as a big funnel for your information.

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To start with FriendFeed, you have to create an account and import your information:

  1. Point your browser to FriendFeed.

  2. Click the Create An Account button and enter your name, e-mail address, and password.

    Click the Create My Account button when you're finished.

  3. FriendFeed can search your address book for friends already using FriendFeed.

    If you want, let it search an online address book of your choice to find other users.

  4. Enter the information for the services you use.

    You can choose from over 50 services, including your blog, your Facebook account, your Twitter account, and more.

Now, all of this information is accessible from the URL http://friendfeed.com/YOURACCOUNTNAME. You can choose to make this feed public or only available to your friends and chosen readers.

Once you have a FriendFeed account, you can access it from more locations than just your browser. The service gives you multiple options for reading from wherever you are. Follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your FriendFeed account and click the Tools link in the upper-right corner.

  2. Scroll down to the Access Your FriendFeed heading.

  3. Click the source you want to use and follow the directions from there.

    You can choose from IM notification, a feed reader, a Facebook app, an iGoogle gadget, an e-mail digest, or an iPhone interface.

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