Since going public last month, FriendFeed has made numerous advances in functionality and service support. In March alone, there have been six posts on the FriendFeed blog, some containing news of multiple enhancements and/or additions to the service. Here’s a run-down of all the improvements FriendFeed’s made in just one month.
The first thing to happen was a speeding-up of the service. Bret Taylor posted “FriendFeed is now a lot faster” on March 11, and indeed the site was blazingly fast from then on. It still is. The joke at the time was that a new Ethernet cable sped it up (FriendFeed thread), but the truth is that there was a lot of code tuning, caching, and a new indexing scheme added (FriendFeed thread, changelog entry).
Three days later, feeds for comments and Likes were added. March 14 was the day you could finally “See the stuff your friends commented on and liked“. There were also some nice statistics added: Comment and Like totals for both the past week and all time became available in the bar on the right of every user’s profile page.
On March 17 (yes, another three-day interval), FriendFeed got search! Not only could you now see your friends’ comments and Likes, and not only was the site now blazingly fast, but items previously lost to the ether could now be found again. (I call the addition of search the “Googlification” of FriendFeed, because nearly every Google service has a search box.)
Between the addition of search and the next update, there was a one-week reprieve. It was good to have a rest from FriendFeed update stories because it made the next announcements all the more wonderful. March 24 saw a boatload of updates. First of all, there were five new services added (Disqus, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Seesmic, and SlideShare). Second of all, there were numerous bug fixes. Third of all, FriendFeed got the ability to post back to Twitter! Commenting on a tweet in your feed gave you the option to also send the comment as an @reply via Twitter.
As if all that wasn’t enough, the FriendFeed team launched their API the following day, on March 25. Since the launch, third-party developers have released a WordPress plugin (which can be seen in action on CodingExperiments.com) and a statistics site, with an Adobe AIR application rumored to be on its way.
So, in short, FriendFeed is making humongous strides in advancing its service. They sure turn around features a lot faster than Google… Here’s to another month of FriendFeed advancement!
Oh yeah, it can’t hurt to plug my FriendFeed page while I’m talking about the site, can it? 😉