FriendFeed has released a new feature tonight in their usual cavalier method - no lead up or hints and a short email in the inbox explaining how to find it. Bret Taylor explained to me what they’ve turned on this evening:
We just released a real-time version of FriendFeed in beta. In the new real-time view, comments and posts will appear at the top of your feed as quickly as they arrive. You can view your home feed, all your friend lists, and rooms in real-time.
The real-time view of feeds can also be embedded in other websites (the FriendFeed Feedback room is embedded in the blog post above). The feature is well-suited for live-blogging, and we hope this embed functionality will make that easier for all the bloggers that use FriendFeed.
As Bret said, given the popularity of FriendFeed and the ability to remotely embed a room, I can easily see how this is going to take off as a common method of liveblogging (and even give my favorite liveblogging platform CoverItLive a run for it’s money).
The live view works for every list and view on FriendFeed, but so far only really seems to be truly useful for rooms where there’s live coverage going on. There might be other uses where this could come in as a handy view, but none are springing to mind at the moment. The main downside to this view is that the threading that most of us love FriendFeed for completely disappears.
In a situation where constantly arriving updates can be beneficial (like an event-based room), this won’t matter as much, but for the rest of the site, the trade-off might be a bit much.
FriendFeed has set up a room tonight for the live coverage of the debates. You can see it there at the site, or you can particpate by way of the embed below.
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