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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How Microsoft Might Take on Google

Furrier.org is claiming that Microsoft is planning to eek out Yahoo’s search engine business and, furthermore, that it plans to purchase Facebook. In light of Facebook’s efforts to block Google’s access to its data, this could make a lot of sense.

With the link between Google and Facebook broken, Microsoft could very well attempt to exploit the assets of Yahoo search, including its expert staff, to establish two pokes in the fire: search and social web.

Microsoft probably understands that in order to remain in the game, it will have to dominate social media. We’ll have to see how this story develops because it could one of the biggest stories of the decade.