On the Shoulders of Giants: FriendFeed Applications

There is a lot of information passing through FriendFeed. The web interface is useful up to a point, but sometimes people feel they are missing interesting items, or they just do not like the interface. There are a lot of applications trying to make things easier as well as a wealth of Greasemonkey scripts. This list is meant only to be a list and not an endorsement of any of these applications.


Gridjit is a web client that is currently in private alpha. Originally designed for Twitter, and now with support for FriendFeed, it presents your timeline into multiple columns.

Alert Thingy is an Adobe AIR desktop client designed for FriendFeed, but now supporting Twitter and Flickr.

Twhirl is another desktop Adobe AIR client. It has heavy adoption from the Twitter crowd and is gaining ground among FriendFeeders. It can also post updates to Jaiku and Pownce.

bTittleTattle by Sobees is a Windows-only desktop application with support for both FriendFeed and Twitter. It looks very different than any other application listed, as it conforms to the Sobees customizability of all their applications.

MySocial 24×7 is a Firefox plugin that loads as a sidebar. If you live in your browser, this is a decent option. Even though it is a FriendFeed client, it does support replies to tweets being posted back to Twitter.

FriendFeedMachine is a web client that presents your timeline with information popping out in separate modal windows. The main differentiator here is the ability to tag friends as “good friends” so that their activity is grouped in a separate list.

NoiseRiver is a web client that targets your interests in order to give a unique presentation of the timeline items. You adjust keyword interestingness and friend interestingness, and the items are displayed with green or red highlights depending on the similarity to your interests.

mioNews is another web client that displays your friends activity in an interface similar to most email clients. You can group users in folders and create a topic by entering a search keyword. This is for people who do not want to miss anything and are extremely organized.

Feedalizr is a desktop Adobe AIR client that supports posting to FriendFeed, Twitter, Flickr and Jaiku.

FF To Go is a mobile phone client that was created prior to the iPhone interface developed by FriendFeed. Many mobile FriendFeeders still feel that FFToGo is the better application.

ffapps.com has an interesting list of stuff, mostly Greasemonkey scripts at this time.

Moopz is yet another web client with a twist. There is a sidebar with the popular posts, a tag cloud as well as a list of quiet posts.


FriendFeedMachine, NoiseRiver and mioNews were reviewed on Mashable by me. They were focused on due to the different features they offered on top of the standard FriendFeed activities.

Louis Gray has a introduction to mioNews as well as a FriendFeed Friday Tip focused on NoiseRiver on his blog.

Corvida at SheGeeks has a review of bTittleTattle focused solely on the FriendFeed integration. There is little mention of the other parts of the Sobees suite.

Sarah Perez has a review of Moopz on ReadWriteWeb. She includes an interesting idea of Moopz almost being a “fair version of TechMeme”.

This is only a list of the applications that I have found up to this point. As I find reviews of any, I will include them here as well. If you know of any additional tools or reviews, please send them my way and I will update this post. I hope this gives you an idea of what applications are there to help with your FriendFeed addiction.

5 thoughts on “On the Shoulders of Giants: FriendFeed Applications

  1. Wow!!! This is getting to be wayyyyy out of control! Yes I am 47 years old and past the prime age, but…I still like to stay updated on the latest stuff. I am a busy working woman and I can barely keep up with mu space and checking my RSS feeds on a daily basis much less all the other stuff!!! Do you have help for those of us that need to streamline!!!???


  2. You’re awesome!! I need to streamline where I can!!! THX. Someone will come up with an all-in-one at some point!!!!


  3. @JPhil
    I will add Feedly as soon as I can. I knew I was forgetting a few.

    Well, keeping up with the likes of FriendFeed, Twitter and the rest is a full time job, just not mine. An all-in-one client would be interesting, but they will always have drawbacks. The best thing is to pick which applications have the best reward for you.


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