Benefits of installing the Friendfeed Facebook application
Most of the times I do not bother installing facebook apps of services I am using because they have the tendency to do ‘more’ stuff than the original intent. Also I try to be very careful about what I do to my profile(s) and set up ‘information flow rules’ in how I put information somewhere.
Friendfeed is a collection of your streams, or in my case the streams I find ‘worthy’ enough to be displayed as mine. Meaning I will not give you my every Upcoming entry, nor Amazon wish list entry etc, and I will heavily try to avoid duplicates. Up until now that meant routing my twitter updates to status updates on my Facebook profile, as it makes sense but for example not include my jaiku stream in Friendfeed because jaiku just receives my twitter updates.
And while friendfeed has a lot of relevant features missing, I somehow like them and I see how they improve their offering.
The (un) expected benefit
I basically installed the Facebook app because I wanted the Facebook profile link in my friendfeed profile plus wanted to have a look at the way it displays in my profile.
It puts all the entries of my friendfeed page into facebook and while I would have preferred to have an option of a ‘clean’ feed without liking / comments, I can see why they provide it. I added this to my facebook profile because it makes sense to show what I am doing in other spaces.
I did expect to be able to find the friends on Facebook who also use the service, and to be able to subscribe to them. Which it did, and I now doubled the number of people I am subscribed to – in other words, roughly a third of my facebook friends seem to be on Friendfeed with the app installed.
What I did not expect was the automated subscription (nice) plus the subscribing back – it seems as if everybody who has installed the app on facebook now is automatically subscribed to me. I have a hunch that they did not get the information via mail like they would have gotten if I manually subscribed to them (bad), but they should see me suddenly popping up in their friendfeed.
So if you like an easy subscribe / subscribe back, use the facebook app. If you rather would not like to see it pollute your profile, just remove the box afterwards, but make sure to add a link in your “profiles in other spaces” section in facebook, because people like myself love to explore where you are in other spaces.
Different for example to the stumbleupon facebook app, where I up until today do not know how to subscribe to my friends without spamming everybody else, this is a nicely done and usable facebook application! :)