I’ve commented before that Friend Feed makes for a really sweet Twitter client because of the way it threads replies and how easy it is to reply to another user. The only problem is trying to find all of your Twitter contacts on Friend Feed.
I’ve written a program that uses Google’s social graph to find the links between Twitter users and Friend Feed users. Download the program, run it, enter your passwords and watch it find and subscribe to all of your Tweeps on Friend Feed.
It keeps track of who it has added over time. If you unsubscribe from someone using the web interface, they won’t be added again by the program.
“Friend Feed” week seems to be continuing at IDT. But don’t worry, there’s a team of trained attack Bonobo monkeys prepared to take me into a dark alley and beat me up and make me suffer if I don’t stop talking about Friend Feed. What can I say? This is what it looks like when a web app gets people excited. I’ve put together two more Greasemonkey scripts to add features I want in Friend Feed.
RSS is one of the most useful tools out there for moving information around on the web. Recently the concept of “micro-blogging” status updates has become very popular with applications like Facebook, Twitter and Pownce. The only problem is that it is a pain to update many sites at the same time. It is better to pick one and broadcast RSS to the others. I’m going to show you how to broadcast your Facebook status to Twitter.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Twitter Facebook App now lets you control your Facebook status from Twitter. This tip lets you posts your Facebook status in Twitter. Using them together is a very bad idea.
How to Find the RSS Feed for Your Facebook Status
This is actually the hardest part.
- Login to Facebook
- Click on Profile tab
- Under the Mini-Feed heading click on See All
- Click on Status Stories from the right hand column
- Right click on My Status and copy the link
Filtering Your Status with Yahoo Pipes
I’ve put together a Yahoo Pipe that filters your status. This isn’t necessary, but it makes the status updates look a little bit better in other applications like Twitter. It removes your name, and changes the link to go to your profile instead of the individual status. Feel free to clone it and tweak it some more.
Eric is washing his cat.
is washing his cat (from Facebook status).
and the feed link is set to your Facebook profile.
- Go to this Yahoo Pipe
- Copy your Facebook status RSS feed
- Click Run Pipe
- Click on Subscribe
- Right click on Get as RSS and copy link
You can now put this filter RSS into TwitterFeed, your blog sidebar, etc.
- This Yahoo Pipe gave me the idea for filtering Facebook status
- Michael Pick for his instructions on how to find your Facebook RSS feed (he’s the source of the screenshot above)
StumbleUpon and Tumblr are both interesting forms of micro-blogging, but I’ve been getting more into Twitter. Twitter lets me surf other people’s streams of thought (like a super micro-blog-lite with 140 characters or less per entry). You view all of the your friends/contacts “tweets” as a stream. What’s funny is when completely unrelated tweets can appear connected because of the random positioning of technology.