In yesterday's post we identified a good reason to get started with FriendFeed - to help create and extend your brand online. We will discover many other good reasons and uses for FriendFeed, but first things first. This post is about opening your FriendFeed account.
It's extremely simple, even for those of us with middle aged children! In fact, I think it's more difficult to explain than to do.
- go to FriendFeed home page and click 'Create an account'
- enter the usual registration details, and click 'Create my account'
Tip: if you are wondering about 'nickname', its going to show up in your FriendFeed url so keep it friendly. Also, as you can use your 'nickname' to log in later, make it easy to type
- After you click 'Create my account' you will see something like this:
The 'Find Facebook Friends' is a way to keep your friends on Facebook and on FriendFeed in synch, and also to display your FriendFeed feed on Facebook. Even if you use Facebook, I suggest you don't use this feature at this point - it's a distraction and you can do this later.
As to finding friends from your address box, it's quite straightforward, and it might be fun to see if anyone you know is using FriendFeed. But it's something you can always come back to later and that's what I suggest.
So the bottom line is a recommend that you simple click 'Skip this step'
- at this point you should see a lineup of people along these lines:
These are current FriendFeed subscribers that FriendFeed suggests would make good friends for you. It's unlikely you know them, although you may have heard of some of them. So, why would you subscribe to any of them?
The short answer is - 'it can't hurt', and I suggest you subscribe to one or two of them (but not more at this point). The presence of a friend or two on your feed will help you to see how everything fits together.
- when you have subscribed to one or two new friends, click the 'Next: See your FriendFeed!' button.
That's it - you should be looking at your own FriendFeed feed. Don't worry if you're confused by what you see! We're going to explore a bit in the next posting or two, to see how to navigate around this new service, and to begin to put it to good use.
Bye for now,