New FriendFeed design launched... with an exciting new feature!

You might have noticed the new look for FriendFeed. We've been tinkering with a new design for a few weeks, and after spending some time in beta, it's finally ready for primetime.

One of the things we'd heard most from users is that you wanted to have greater control over what you see in your feed—whether it's separating out your family members' updates from your coworkers' or making sure you don't miss entries from a specific friend.

The new design offers friend lists to help you organize your subscriptions into groups. Now you can get updates from specific groups of people separately, or you can add an acquaintance to a list and remove them from your home feed.

There are lots of other improvements, such as being able to post photos directly to FriendFeed. We've also added a sidebar to improve navigation, making it easy for you to access your Friend lists and customize the Rooms you want to visit most often.

Finally, because everyone's FriendFeed experience is unique, we've added a way for you to view FriendFeed the way someone else does, with their feed and entries from all their subscriptions. You can use this feature by simply clicking the "[name] + Friends" tab on a person's profile page. For example, here's my FriendFeed. And here's Paul's.

I love using this feature to show my friends who are new to the service why I enjoy using FriendFeed so much — they get to see everything that's cool (that's public) that I see on my FriendFeed every day.

And one more thing...

Steve Jobs taught us no announcement would be complete without a compelling surprise to spice it up, so we are also launching one of our most-requested features today: duplicate detection.

When a popular story breaks, like the news about Wall Street this week, lots of people tend to share the same article. With this new noise-reducing FriendFeed feature, when multiple friends share the same link, the set of duplicate entries will only show up once in your feed:

We've heard lots of feedback from our users as we were testing out the new design, and we hope that this new version of FriendFeed will make it easier for you to read and customize your feed, and be fun to use too.

Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback on the design. As always, we're looking forward to your comments in the FriendFeed Feedback room.

17 comments:

lev said...

Great redesign - really think this UI is much more usable, intuitive and empowering.

Great work!!

Keith Shepard said...

That kitten is extremely cute.

Neil said...

The "related entries" feature is fantastic. So much so, I'm prepared to forgive you for the new sidebar :)

Thomas Hawk said...

Love the new design but miss some of the old greasemonkey scripts. Pagerization, the force refresh script, etc. Wish those worked with the new version.

Nice Fish Films said...

Wonderful work, congratulations to the whole team. The sense of real community is strong here. Thank you for listening.

Voyagerfan5761 said...

The duplicate detection is working pretty well, and I'm very happy that the new site has graduated to become the mainstream UI.

One thing: Can we please at least have an option of which side we want the sidebar on? I really really liked it better on the right...

Laura said...

I cannot friendfeed at home since this design launched. I'm on Firefox 2.0 on an old iBook OS 10.3.9

Can't post, can't expand longer threads, can't like stuff, can't comment. Some of it worked for me earlier tonight - after the design change but before beta looked all wonky.

Laura said...

OK, I rebooted and it's better now. The hazards of outdated gear.

Love the new site but the low contrast is very hard on the eyes. That combined with the distracting left nav makes it harder to scan and absorb info quickly.

Steffen Klaus said...

Very nice relaunch!

پیام said...

It's great, congratulations. I just hope some other services be added to FF, such as panoramio, google video, and some more.
Many thanks,
Payam

P.S. actually adding panoramio photos is possible adding as a "blog".

David said...

uh yeah, looks great EXCEPT that EVERYTHING i have posted in the LAST WEEK is now gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS SO MUCH!!!

Dan said...

hi David,

Can you please send your username to feedback@friendfeed.com? I'll make sure someone looks into this right away.

ernieoporto said...

Duplicate link detection is a good start. Duplicate topics will be the challenge. =)

Queen of Suburbia said...

I'mloving this site already! Just discovered you and I think we're going to be firm friends!

joshatkins said...

Love the duplication detection feature! It's awesome!

ageor said...

Great improvements!

Please give realtime view the standard view features (duplicates detection, hide etc.). Or, give standard view an auto-refresh capability.

I love friendfeed!

ageor said...

Great additions to an already great service, thank you!

Please consider giving real time view the features of standard view (hide, duplicates detection etc.).

I love friendfeed!