The other day I recommended FriendFeed as an alternative to Mugshot for link sharing. Today I withdraw that recommendation.
It was clearly a mistake for me to recommend the service since I had never actually used it myself; I was only going off of the recommendations of others.
I was under the mistaken impression that it would offer the same features as the solution I’m using now (here on my blog), but it does not. It also suffers from some of the same issues that I complained about with Pownce and Mugshot.
In particular, here is my main gripe:
No ability to subscribe to a feed (or any other notification, as far as I can tell) of comments on previously posted items. This appears to include items posted directly in an individual’s feed as well as items posted in a “room”, etc.
Until this feature exists, FriendFeed is suffering from the same issues I have with Pownce – namely that it requires me to hit their site/app directly in order to check for updates in conversations. At least it’s a step ahead of Mugshot in that there are feeds for the initial items/links, but it’s still lacking the ability to track the follow-ups.
Also, while I do now have a FriendFeed account, I do not plan to add all my other stuff into it, for one simple reason (directly related to the above issue): you can’t follow the comment conversations. Therefore, I’d rather people not comment on my stuff there, since FriendFeed makes it difficult / inconvenient (for me and others) to follow. I would much rather do that here on my blog, where comment subscriptions are available on both a site wide or individual item basis. This is exactly what I want, and FriendFeed does not offer it.
Of course, I may have missed something. Anyone out there who knows otherwise, please let me know by commenting here.