We are happy to announce a new design for FriendFeed that makes it easier to read your feed and easier to get updates from the people you care about most.
We are launching the new design today in "beta" to get feedback from all of you before we flip the switch to make it the primary FriendFeed interface. You can check it out at http://beta.friendfeed.com/, and share your thoughts in the FriendFeed Beta feedback room.
Some of our favorite new features are described below.
Friend lists enable you to organize your friends into groups. With friend lists, you can get updates from your family separately from your coworkers, or you can add an acquaintance to a list and remove them from your home feed.
You can also get best of day and best of week summaries for every friend list, just like you can for your home feed. A "best of" page for a friend list shows you the most popular entries among people in the list.
Create a friend list with the "New list" link on the right hand side of your home feed.
We have enhanced our share box quite a bit, and you can now upload photos with your posts. Our photo uploader lets you select and upload multiple files at once with no additional downloads required.
To upload a photo, type something in the share box at the top of your home feed. The photo upload link will appear when you start using the share box.
The most visually prominent new feature is the sidebar on the right hand side of the page. The new sidebar is designed to give you one-click access to the feeds on FriendFeed you care about most.
Now your favorite FriendFeed rooms are one click away from any page, and your closest friends are one click away with friend lists.
See other people's home feeds
You can now see a feed of a person and all of their subscriptions. This new feature is a great way to show your uninitiated friends what your FriendFeed experience is like, and it is a great way to find interesting people you haven't subscribed to yet.
You can find other people's home feeds by clicking a tab on their profile page. For example, here's my FriendFeed.