Google Reader Gets More Social: Here’s Who to Follow

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Just days before Facebook acquired FriendFeed, I talked about why FriendFeed is (was) an important tool. Either I was completely wrong or prescient – you decide.’s future may be in question – but the social mode it brought onto the web will likely become more ubiquitous as the social web continues to evolve. Which is why I still believe it’s an important tool.

Enter Google Reader (GR). I’ve always thought that RSS could become a powerful social tool if the right features were added. It seems that the Google Reader team is doing just that. Perhaps we’ll see a more FriendFeed-like Google Reader evolving. We will just have to see. The Google Reader team ( @GoogleReader) has its work cut out, but I suspect they’re working towards turning Reader into a powerful social informational tool.

For now, if you’re interested in “following” some smart people in your Google Reader, here is a real-time list of Google Readers from FriendFeed:

Oh, and you’re certainly welcome to follow me on Google Reader :)

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Why FriendFeed Is An Important Tool

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Today I saw a tweet by  @BonnieRN to  @bthenextstep asking why he uses FriendFeed. Most of the people I know on Twitter don’t use FF (unless Twitter gets nailed by a DoS :) I decided to help her understand over on FriendFeed and I’m embedding the post here.

I think the point about ePaitents is worth noting by those who are interested in developing ways new media can be used in health care. Those of us who are Twitter addicts (and that’s not such a bad thing), need to appreciate that there a billions of other people in the world who have completely different perspectives – people use new media in their own ways. And we need to appreciate much more fully the role cultural differences play in how people use technologies and the communities they spur.

In fact, those of us who are serious about improving health care (online or away from the keyboard) have a duty to transcend our own habits and echo chambers. New media changes everyday – like Ferris Bueller said Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

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Where’s the Money in the Real-time Web?

For all the talk about social media and the Real-time web, very few ventures have made a dime from the services they provide. Raw real-time streams by definition offer no immediate curation – and if they do, it’s you who does the curating. Paying yourself isn’t a business model. So where’s the money? Ironically,  Twitter helped to reveal a simple map:

  1. Data is infinite.
  2. Information is scarce.
  3. Wisdom is rare.

There’s no money in #1 or #3. Nobody pays for freely shared data and wisdom is selfless.

#2 is your only chance. Invest your efforts there.

Money is information, information is money. Both are hard to come by unless you’re lucky – and good luck, like wisdom, is rare.

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