Friendfeed is at its core, a content aggregator, but it is transforming into so much more. It’s becoming an online buffet of social media. It will satisfy any virtual hunger one may seek. It’s a smorgasbord of social interaction, and it keeps you coming back for more. It satisfies even the most insatiable appetite for social networking.
Beyond just being a content aggregator, it’s the community aspect that appeals to me the most. The community is comprised of people from all walks of life, age, professions, etc. What separates this social community from the rest, is the active participation from what some call,the “A Listers” or “Virtual Heros“. The virtual heroes are one of the essential ingredients that is building this robust community. They start, create, share and provoke the stimulating content that drive this community. The other great aspect of this community is that anyone can participate and be heard immediately, what I call “instant social gratification”. We all need a healthy balanced diet. Too much of one thing is not healthy. On Friendfeed the balance in the food chain is that there is plenty of lesser known voices to fill the void. These smaller ,lesser known independents, or what some call the “Z Listers” are the other crucial ingredient that make participating on Friendfeed so rewarding. Friendfeed’s simplicity is that it makes the playing field equal for all to engage and participate. If you apply the the five c’s of social media. you can reap the rewards.
The community on Friendfeed is quick to reward others as well. Rewards come in the form of likes from your subscribers, foafs and potential new virtual friends waiting in the wings. Lesser known bloggers are getting a chance to be put on the radar, and share the spotlight with the virtual hero’s of the community. A rewarding moment for me was getting a notable mention from one of said “virtual heros” back in June. More recently today the spot light was shined on Five obscure blogs that sparkle. So lesson learned the more you contribute to social media, the more you will get out of it. Stay involved with the community and the community rewards you.