I’m going nuts trying to straighten out all my social media feed publishing and get rid of the duplication and circular references. Check this out:My Twitter is updating my Facebook status and my Windows Live Messenger status is updating my WL Profile status but my Twitter status is also updating in my Windows Live What’s New feed (but not the status). My Twitter is appearing in my Facebook news feed via Friendfeed so it’s there twice –doh! Then my Windows Live blog updates are publishing to Friendfeed but they don’t always show up so I post them individually in Facebook (nicer formatting too) and then delete the automatic Friendfeed update (if it appears at all). But now that I just added Friendfeed and Twitter to my Windows Live Space in custom HTML modules I realized it’s posting Windows Live blog entries (so they are there twice), not to mention the duplicative Twitter updates that are now on Windows Live in three places… OK. So now I’m asking, “What are all these services really for?” That’s the only way to straighten all these flows out.
- Facebook is for personal blogging and lifestreaming (commenting on the delicious things I consume on the web), and my other services should feed into it but not duplicate
- Windows Live is for public blogging and photo sharing (even for personal photo sharing – the experience is vastly superior to Facebook and you can use privacy settings)
- Twitter is for public micro-blogging
- Friendfeed is for public lifestreaming but only on topics of general interest (like politics or social media) and not the typical personal minutia that is Facebook
So now I’ll take Twitter out of my Friendfeed which will make it much more consumable for my fellow social media discussers, but I wonder if anyone on Twitter is missing my Friendfeed and Windows Live blog…Got it? I’m not sure I do. Maybe I should make a diagram.Twitter -> Facebook and Windows LiveFriendfeed -> Facebook and Windows LiveWindows Live -> Friendfeed and FacebookThat still leaves one circle with Windows Live and Friendfeed but I can live with it since its only a side module that also includes other stuff. How are you managing your mingling feeds?