FriendFeed API: Extend and improve FriendFeed

We are very excited to announce the launch of the FriendFeed API, which enables developers to interact with the FriendFeed site programmatically. It's designed to make it possible for anyone to improve FriendFeed or integrate FriendFeed into other applications. You can develop a FriendFeed interface for a mobile phone, build a FriendFeed widget for your blog, or develop an application that makes it easy to post photos to your feed from your iPhone.

If you are a developer, you can get started immediately at the FriendFeed API documentaion. We have also released Python and PHP client libraries to make it easier to get up and running.

If you are a non-techie, you can learn more about what the API does and how you will interact with third party FriendFeed applications by reading the FriendFeed API user FAQ.

Since the API is new, it is a work in progress, and we expect to make a number of changes in the next few months. Developers can send us feedback in the FriendFeed developer forum.

We would like to thank the folks who took the time to send us feedback on earlier versions of the API, particularly Benjamin Golub, DeWitt Clinton, Eran Hammer-Lahav, and Dave Winer. We haven't yet implemented all of their suggestions (OAuth is coming!), but we wanted to get it out to all of you for feedback in the meantime.

We are eager to see all the innovative applications people will create with the API. Happy coding!

30 comments:

Corvida said...

Soooo AWESOMESAUCE!!!

Matt Galligan said...

Great news guys! Congrats! You've sure been on a roll lately...

Look forward to hacking around with it...

Lisa McMillan said...

I love it when interesting companies open their product up to the developers. Looking forward to seeing what happens. I hope I can find the time to get under the hood myself. Great work guys!

Roovno Media Pvt. Ltd. said...

I love friendfeed.Great idea.

Ujj said...

oh yeah hell yeah.. trying it now..

engtech said...

Friend Feed Stats is really cool. I had a lot of fun digging through the numbers:

http://internetducttape.com/2008/03/26/most-popular-web-apps-by-friendfeed/

thomas said...

Just finished the bot for popurls; infos: http://pophub.com

funkyboy said...

Awesome! I will implement friendfeed support in my dekstop application, Posty.

peternomad said...

Brilliant service, however my feed from jaiku doesnt seem to update at the moment. And the @username while it works brilliantly on twitter sends you to @username.jaiku.com/username regarding @:s on jaiku =o, I love seeing FF grow every day =o) Cheerios!

Lambert said...

I really like your service. But from my point of view, there's a problem: feeds with greatly differing posting frequencies.
In part, you already solved this. You make bundles of series of entries. But what about different frequencies of services in general? Take, for example, my FriendFeed account ("lambo"). My last blog entry (on http://log.netbib.de/archives/author/lh/) is from several weeks ago. But this feed is much more important to me and my readers than my del.icio.us-bookmarks or my Google Reader shared items. Right now, on FriendFeed nobody gets to see this last blog entry, because it's buried under many bookmarks.
What about generating an overview of the latest 2-3 items from the less frequently updated feeds?

Nick Halstead said...

Hi Guys, great job on the API - we have already implemented it (on the dev server) so that fav.or.it can share back to FriendFeed - http://blog.fav.or.it/2008/03/26/friendfeed-support-added-to-favorit/ Only question I have is there a way to show up the service that is sending you this data? would be great to have a little fav.or.it icon show up next to any links we send you.

Thomas said...

Great news. Thanks a lot!

Jigar Shah said...

Cool...Javascript API and Json will change lots of thing.
Sevice Iocn is really needed because it makes service identification quick in feedreaders. And finally....add more services like Facebook and MySpace.

Nick Halstead said...

Coverage from Mashable of our use of the API

http://mashable.com/2008/03/26/favorite-friendfeed-integration/

Bret Taylor said...

Jigar: the service icon is now available in the API output. Thanks for pointing out this to us.

Dmitry said...

This is great, I wrote a scraper for hypem.com in 15 mins. But it would be better to be able to modify the action description from the default "posted a link" to some arbitrary string (e.g. "X liked a song on hypem.com")

Pheebs said...

I LOVE FRIENDFEED!

Consider adding Deviantart, Myspace, LJ, Bebo, etc!

Graham said...

It doesn't matter what you add. If I have to enter my friends manually when they're available automatically on socialthing, I know which one I'm going to use. I'm not going to randomly guess people's usernames for friendfeed or enter every single username manually. This should be automatic, the data and external API's exist.

Ontario Emperor said...

Looking forward to someone developing a FriendFeed interface for a mobile phone. While I can *read* FriendFeed pages on my mobile phone, I can't comment on FriendFeed entries, or say that I like them.

Roovno said...

Embed FriendFeed Widget in your blog - http://www.bloggingbytes.com/embed-friendfeed-widget-in-your-blog/

alex said...

Good Job!

M`kay... now I`m waiting for this:

- CoComment for FF

- my Wikipedia-Contributions for FF

- FF on map or globe like twittervision or mymypchat

How about that? :-)

William said...

MojiPage just released a mobile widget using the excellent FriendFeed API.

You can see a demo widget being used here.

Steve Murch said...

Great API! It was a pleasure to use version 1.0.

Today, BigOven.com became the first foodie social network to support FriendFeed. Now you can alert your friends when you rate a recipe highly, post a photo, a cooking video, or more!

See the post here:

http://www.bigoven.com/cs/forums/p/5244/6958.aspx#6958

FriendFeed team -- great work on this cool service. We'll do what we can to promote the use on our site, which is about 1 million uniques a month and growing nicely (but not quite as fast as FriendFeed!)

- Steve Murch

Steve Murch said...

I wrote about BigOven.com's new FriendFeed support (which is now live) on my blog.

Would welcome any feedback.

Steve Murch said...

We just announced it here:

press release

Ro11z said...

is there anyway to get bebo support and a bebo app to show my feed on bebo?

ruiaf said...

This enables things like: http://code.google.com/p/django-friendfeed/
:) neat

TimOOn said...

Nice job !

Using my friendfeed pulse @ http://www.patricealbertus.net/fr/contact.php !

Patrice Albertus

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terminals-blocks said...

I will implement friendfeed support in my dekstop application, Posty.