Yesterday friendfeed launched it’s ‘rooms’ feature. The “who’s who” of the Social Media crowd were there rubbing virtual elbows and commenting back and forth on each others “shares“. In fact, the first Social Media room was created by Muhammad Saleem within hours of the launch.
The rooms are very easy to set up. Just click the ‘rooms’ tab on the top right of the friendfeed page. A useful option is the ability to make the ‘room’ either private or public. I think it has great potential as a collaboration or Brainstorming tool. It’s also fairly easy to invite current friendfeed users, or contacts from other services. The Bookmarklet also makes it very easy to share valuable content within your groups or your main friendfeed.
The basic idea behind friendfeed ‘rooms’ is to set up ‘mini feeds’ of contextually relevant information which encourage interaction between the ‘room’ members. Allowing other like minded members to comment and share as well. I believe the intention is to create “mini micro blogging communities”, but this quickly becomes like being stuck in a tiny elevator with 50 people talking across and over each other. Just as with friendfeed, ‘rooms’ need filters or some other method of information management.
I really like the concept behind friendfeed. Although sometimes, it’s a bit like a time draining event horizon. I have found A LOT of great articles, videos, photos, posts and people. The thing is, it’s too noisy. The information comes very rapidly, too rapidly to manage.