You might have noticed that FriendFeed looks pretty different today. We've just launched a whole new design, and a host of features and improvements that comes along with it.
We unveiled this look three weeks ago in beta and have been busy gathering feedback and making improvements. Here are some of the things you'll now find in FriendFeed:
Forget the refresh button. All pages now update in real-time. You'll see your friends' photos and messages stream in as they're shared. Comments and likes also get displayed as they happen.
More powerful share box
You can now choose whom to share items with. Post something to multiple feeds or to just a few friends. You can also now direct message anyone who's subscribed to you.
Use FriendFeed's advanced search options to create filters for easy access to the friends and topics you care most about. Choose from filtering options such as seeing only entries that have certain keywords or entries with a certain number of likes or comments.
FriendFeed by Email
And of course, we had to add something new to the beta... and so we're introducing FriendFeed by email!
Post new items to your FriendFeed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can post to groups by emailing email@example.com, and you can direct message your friends by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also choose to get your FriendFeed posts and comments delivered directly to your email inbox (see your email preferences), and even comment on entries simply by replying to messages.
While we've been testing this new feature, we've used FriendFeed groups to completely replace all our internal mailing lists. And we've loved it! It's been easier to share screenshots and links, and we've loved being able to post and respond to all entries from the comfort of our email inboxes. Try it for yourself instead of a mailing list.
And there's more...
As you spend time on the new FriendFeed, you'll notice other new things, such as:
- profile information
- more powerful "reshare" functionality
- you can now sign up for FriendFeed and find all of your friends with a single click from the FriendFeed homepage
- a "My discussions" feed that shows every entry you've participated in
- notification options for email, IM and our desktop notifier
- keyboard shortcuts for the most common commands
You might also want to check out our updated FAQ for things that have changed, such as groups. If you find a bug, let us know. And of course, we're still working on new features and improvements to this interface. As always, let us know your thoughts and comments in FriendFeed Feedback.