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Social Aggregators – So many to choose from!

Posted by Paula on March 3, 2008

In January I was busy playing away with the private beta, Lifestrea.ms. Although a great concept, it is a mighty quirky site. In fact, I still haven’t figured it out! So, I have searched a bit more at the different aggregators out there, some are in beta, some have become recently released, and some can just be used as an aggregator but probably aren’t meant to be!!

Jaiku is currently still in invite beta only. I just checked and I have 10 invites available if anyone is interested. Jaiku is an aggregator that is also a bit Twitter-like and has groups that you can join. The groups look like they could be a great thing that sets Jaiku apart, but from the ones that I had interest in, all that the group consists of is a place where a bunch of people can sign up for an RSS feed of whatever the group creator has chosen. Yes, you can talk within the group, but it was not that common in the areas I was interested in. I even noticed that group creators seemed to have ‘spammed’ the good ideas of what could be groups by including their irrelevant RSS feeds for the members to receive.

Tumblr isn’t really a social site aggregator, but can be used as one. From what I’ve seen, I believe that Tumblr is supposed to be like a blogging platform, but you can plug in up to 5 different feeds (without having to bend over backwards for the Tumblr Gods). For blogging, there is no place to leave comments, so this is good if you just want people to be able to follow whatever topic you are covering. Of course, my topic is me! ๐Ÿ™‚

And the last one I will talk about today is FriendFeed which has recently come out of beta and is my favorite social feed aggregator at this time. (You know a woman always has the right to change her mind later! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Among the many different reasons to love FriendFeed is that you can add feeds directly from 27 different sites, plus your own RSS feeds from your blogs. You can go through and add friends the old fashioned way, or, if you are unable to find your friend in FriendFeed, you can make an imaginary account where you can add the feeds you want to track. You can add your imaginary friend’s Digg account, Twitter account, and many others and feel as though they are right there with you! This is so you can still keep up without having to send out yet another invitation to your friends who are probably close to having you committed for joining all of these crazy sites! ๐Ÿ™‚ Another neat function of FriendFeed is that you can ‘Like’ a Tweet, Digg, or post of other users on FriendFeed. You can also leave comments on the various posts. You don’t have to be friends with someone to like what they posted or to leave a comment about it. This is truly a social site for social networking.

I know there are several other aggregators out there…. I’d love to hear which ones you like!


2 Responses to “Social Aggregators – So many to choose from!”

  1. chvnx said

    I love Twitter and Tumblr. I also tried out Pownce recently but I am not a big fan of the templates. They are just way too over crowded for me.

    I post non-stop at chvnx.com since I switched to Tumblr. Itโ€™s so easy to use and it serves my needs perfectly. I donโ€™t have a niche and posting random junk using Tumblr works so smoothly.

    Although Twitter and Pownce are similar (both are social presence sites) I find that Tumblr is different all together. It offers so much more all while seeming so much simpler. I recently read on some random blog that Tumblr was probably going to receive the same ammount of attention in 2008 that Twitter got in 2007.

    Only time will tell!

  2. Thank you so much for your thoughts, Chvnx!

    I have Tumblr, but I don’t visit it much, I absolutely love both Twitter and Pownce. I like the interaction you can get with Twitter and Pownce that you don’t get with Tumblr!

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