swurl

No, that image isn’t from a redesign or another blog, it’s from Swurl.

Swurl is a site that’s similar in functionality to FriendFeed, but up’s the ante on dsiplaying the data. You can aggregate all your services into a blog-like page display. Check out my allaboutduncan.Swurl page to see what I mean.

I like the way everything is displayed. Flickr photos are automatically displayed as slideshows, Twitter posts are formatted to look like “comments”. Each type of content is unique looking. It’s easy to tell what is coming from where.

swurl-timeline

Also, Swurl has a nice timeline feature that shows all your activity per year. It’s a little large when you have a lot of photos. Ideally, you should be able to drill down by month as well. Maybe that will be added in the future.

I can see myself using this a lot if more of my friends/people I follow signed up. It’s nicer looking (and easier to follow) than FriendFeed. You can comment on anything. Overall, it’s very nice looking and worth checking out.

FriendFeed - Keep track of Your Friends and Family

FriendFeed is a pretty cool new service (currently Beta testing) that allows you to create a page or feed consisting of many of the services you use. Check out my FriendFeed to see an example. That’s basically all the sites I use, consolidated into one page that anyone can view. At the bottom of that page is an ATOM Feed Link that lets you subscribe to a feed of that page, effectively updating you anytime I use one of those services.

They also have a widget you can embed on a web page. I tried posting that here, but the formatting isn’t quite ready. Long URLs or post titles break outside the box. Similarly, the ATOM feed is pretty unformatted and doesn’t read that well. These are both things I hope will get improved in the beta process.

They currently support a lot of the popular services, with more being added. In addition to the ones I’m using, they also support Twitter, Jaiku, Zooomr, SmugMug, del.icio.us, Picasa, NetFlix, Pownce, and a few others.

One last cool feature is you can create “Imaginary Friends.” This lets you group feeds and services from your friends under one feed, even if they aren’t using the service. So, I can create a friend feed and have all that person’s content in one place.

Carter and I had lunch with the Nashville KNI crew today. It’s been a while since I’ve seen these guys, so it was cool to do a quick catch up. Although with Carter along, he did most of the talking. The funny thing is, at almost 4 years old, he fit right in with the rest of us. He was talking Transformers (even old school ones), Ninja Turtles, Batman, Star Wars, Ratatouille and everything else. It’s always fun for me to watch others interact with him. I’m so used to the things he does and the mannerisms he has, seeing others react to it, really points them out.

Daniel picked up on Carter’s willingness to talk and was “parenting” right away. He was enticing Carter to eat “one more bite” before he would reveal his favorite Transformer.

I wish I had seen Michael’s Yewknee Redesign before meeting up so I could compliment him in person. It’s a great looking revision that gives the content much more room to breath. Not to be modest, but I think usability/communication is the most important thing that Michael and I learned at MTSU in the graphic communication (now called Media Design) program and I’ve no doubt that it is also one of the key factors (along with Daniel’s illustration skills) that have propelled them both to web rock-star status. Great friends that I should really try to see a little more often.