Plumbing on the web

Social Media Plumbing:

Flow chart

A post by Robert Scoble made me have another look at rooms in FriendFeed. I set things up over the weekend, and decided to document it, to maybe succeed in explaining what this is all about. Here’s my situation:

  • I post content on various social media sites through various tools
  • I want some of that content to appear on my own website
  • I switch platforms quite often, or start using them in a different way, so keeping it up to date should be easy

So I decided to start a FriendFeed room with content that I want to appear on my site1, and use their feed widget to then display it on my home page. It still took some effort (to get the styling how I wanted it), but it’s done, and here’s how.

Connecting the pipes

The schematic picture2shows how things connect:

I surf the web and come across pages or sites that interest me.

I collect all the stuff in a FriendFeed room from various sources:

My next steps will be to set up similar aggregators other collections of life streams, to feed into other places. And to draw some more pretty pictures on how it is all connected 🙂

1 My website runs on Drupal, which could aggregate things directly, but Drupal still rarely delivers the “should be easy” part, and I wanted to move forward with content, not code or config.

2 I’ve made this scheme in Xmind, a mind-mapping tool that recently went (partly) open source. I’ll post the source file soon.

Update: the source for the image is now attached.


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  • Anonymous says:

    Excellent idea to document it. I get lost too as to what links where. Will do the same


  • […] Early 2009, I started using Friendfeed as a way to aggregate various sources of web links to share. August that year, Facebook bought FriendFeed, ripped out the innovators, and left the site to bleed to death. (I’m sure it felt less dramatic to the fine folks who built it.) […]

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