Just One Question on Friendfeed: Who Are You People?
Like plenty of digerati, apparently, I’ve discovered FriendFeed, a sort of social media- and feed-sharing aggregation service where I can “follow” a bunch of people’s doings, whether they post stuff on Twitter, Flickr, or a number of other services. It’s all a bit too much for me right now—possibly for the reason Alexander van Elsas mentions, which is that all these items lack intention. But the fact that I can now see the entirety of what the five dozen or so people I follow are posting is pretty handy, especially with the filtering of services you can do on each person you follow.
What I can’t figure out is why so many people I’ve never heard of are following me. Frankly, given the nature of how I post on various services—which is to say, in bursts followed by long periods of nothing while more pressing work and play beckons—I don’t think I’m providing much of anything worth paying attention to.
But even if I were, I’m not sure why these people care about what I’m doing. “Black Olive,” “B.T.,” “Santosh Maharshi”—who are you? The one thing FriendFeed lacks that I crave is a mandatory bio for people who are following you. I mean, if they’re interested in me, I might be interested in them, but it’s hard for me to tell if I don’t know whom they are. And apparently, there’s no real mechanism to tell me why, either.
So how about it, Bret, Paul, et. al.: Any way you can give us a way to know who all these fans/spies/voyeurs are?