Fail Bird

The tubes are still a flutter with the ongoing FriendFeed vs Twitter debate. As only an industry as egotistical as ours could do, the focus has now shifted to the amount of followers and subscriptions. Comparing the two services, some power users have noticed their FriendFeed network is building out much faster than it did on Twitter. Allen has a nice video up, it breaks down why they are seeing such high conversion of followers.

Let’s also not forget that when people like Calacanis or Scoble simply use the site they gain followers. All it takes is one of their many followers to “Like” or comment one of their postings. In some cases when they do this FriendFeed will broadcast their entry out to their friends as well. You see this in the form of “_____ (a friend of _____) posted…”. This feature alone drives tons of new subscriptions in a very viral fashion.

Myself, I’m at 863 followers on Twitter and 198 subscriptions on FriendFeed. About 1/4 of the network, what type of ratios are you seeing?

Oh and enjoy the new Deep Twit above, this one is titled “Fail Bird”.

Update: Just found Scoble’s post on participation, check out the stats he provided.

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  1. Nicole Says:

    Oh, that is beautiful. Poor birds. Keep em coming funny man. ;)

  2. james s Says:

    hilarious video. I love the comment: only in an industry as egotistical as ours…

    The layout of Friend Feed seems to add to the ability to grab friends faster – I can actually see multiple users around a comment / conversation – if I like what they say, I subscribe to them. Not so easy on twitter. Plus I can see a lot more info about people on FF. Its just a more open neighborhood to connect, share ideas and respond to those ideas, and to see others doing the same thing, or so it seems to me…

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Published: July 6th, 2008