Yet Another 16 Ways to Make FriendFeed Even Better List, Whew

Posted by admin | Posted in Iphone | Posted on 20-09-2010

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Yet Another 16 Ways to Make FriendFeed Even Better List, Whew

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Ok, so Jeremy Toeman’s excellent post about 16 ways to make FriendFeed better from yesterday has inspired me to make a list of my own. I’m going to try to keep these as short as I can because, well, I’ve got to get back to FriendFeed to hang out some more. Some of these may overlap a bit with Jeremy’s. If you want to find me on FriendFeed you can find me here.

1. Develop profile pages. Yes, profile pages are already there on the various services that FriendFeed aggregates, but it would be nice to actually have a place on FriendFeed where people could enter their profile data about themselves, links to other social networks not yet covered by FriendFeed, etc.

2. Learn my preferences from my sites. Now this may be Flickr’s fault more than FriendFeed’s, but i find it super annoying that even though I have my Flickr settings set to show me all content (even content Flickr labels 18+) that my contact’s 18+ content is filtered out of my FriendFeed experience. Is this just more censorship BS extending from Flickr or is this FriendFeeds’s fault? I want to see Merkley’s naked people damnit.

3. Develop a mobile version of the site. m.friendfeed on my iPhone would be awesome. As it is now it’s less than optimal on the iPhone and there are a few bugs (like the subscription’s box overlaps the text on the "me" tab). In the meantime Benjamin Golub is working on an interesting new mobile version. Louis Gray has a write up on it here.

4. Auto-reciprocation. Develop an option to allow me to auto-subscribe to everyone who subscribes to me. I like the noise. I can always filter it out after the fact using FriendFeed’s innovative "hide" feature. The bigger the net, the more great conversations and content I come across.

5. Smarten up the recommended list. Right now FriendFeed shows me a pretty static recommended list that does not page. In my opinion FriendFeed should develop an algorithm based on Friends of Friends. The more friends of my friends someone has the higher they should rank. This list should be dynamic and it should page so that I can indefinitely go surfing in there looking for new and interesting people to subscribe to.

6. Expand the stats functionality. Right now FriendFeed shows you the 10 people you find most interesting (based on your likes/comments) and the 10 people who find you most interesting (based on their likes/comments). I think FriendFeed should expand this list to show at least 100 of each. I think they should also have a section that show the top 100 for all time and the top 100 for this week. Having a "this week" option would allow you to better find new FriendFeeders to follow. Did I really just call them FriendFeeders? Yikes.

7. Rich text edit. This could be done by FriendFeed or by someone with greasemonkey. It would be great to be able to bold, italicize, and create links in FriendFeed entries and comments.

8. Auto replacement of imaginary friends. One of the nice things that FriendFeed has right now is the ability to create imaginary friends that you can follow for your friends who are not on FriendFeed yet. The problem is that when your imaginary friend joins FriendFeed you don’t know about it. If you do find them and subscribe, then it posts double entries, one for your newly added actual friend and one for their imaginary clone that you created. It would be nice if FriendFeed could simply auto-add any of your imaginary friends as actual friends when they join and then delete the old imaginary friend from your account.

9. Allow direct posting of mp3s on FriendFeed. Kind of like how Pownce does it. It would be great to share mp3s with friends.

10. Keyword filtering. Would love to be able to have anything with the words Obama or Mahalo filtered out of my FriendFeed experience. This way I could unhide Dave Winer’s and Jason Calacanis’ Twitters again. These two are super insightful but I sometimes get overwhelmed by things that I’m not interested in.

Likewise I’d like to be able to filter in certain keywords even if I’m not subscribed to them. If something mentioned photography, Canon, Netflix, TiVo, etc. It would be nice to see that conversation even if I wasn’t subscribed to that person.

11. Track Flickr groups. I would love it if FriendFeed could inform me anytime one of my contacts started a group conversation thread on Flickr. You can’t do this on Flickr and it would be a *great* way to keep up on the conversations that your friends on Flickr are starting.

12. Direct messaging. It would be nice to have a new tab at the top of my FriendFeed page for direct messages. Right now you have a friend, me, and everyone tab. A fourth tab that allowed people to direct message each other would be nice there as well.

13. A super simple FAQ/guide for the newbie. FriendFeed can feel a little intimidating at first touch. Until you learn how things like "hide" and "filter by service" work, you can feel a little lost. A lot of talk about FriendFeed going mainstream gets bantered about but FriendFeed will have to have a super easy FAQ/guide to get people up to speed on the service. Michael Gartenberg recently joined the site but thinks it’s too complex for many users.

14. Find Friends by geographic region. I’d love it if FriendFeed could show me a list of everyone who is on the site from the San Francisco Bay Area. There’s a strong liklihood that I’d want to follow a lot of these people.

15. Show me the top imaginary friends on the site. If someone goes through the work to set up an imaginary friend, they really have to find value in following that person. These would possibly be some of the most interesting people to follow on FriendFeed. I’ve added about 100 of my favorite photographers on Flickr and Zooomr. I’m sure other people would benefit from also subscribing to them. It would be cool to see a list of recommended imaginary friends just like actual recommended users on the site.

16. Do my chores. Take out the garbage, wash my dishes, make my dinner, babysit my kids, mow my lawn, wash my dog, answer my phone, read and respond to my email, do my work out for me and take my wife out for expensive dinners. If FriendFeed could do all this, well, then I could spend a hell of a lot more time on FriendFeed. Just kidding about the take my wife out for expensive dinners part, of course, I can do that one myself. She’s on FriendFeed now too by the way.

Related posts: 10 FriendFeeds Worth Following, Why FriendFeed Will and Won’t Hit the Mainstream.

The day passed in Soft Silences.

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary

words with friends

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Yesterday came pretty close to being a perfect day. I went to visit a friend whom I don’t see nearly as often as I’d like. She made us a delicious picnic lunch, which we ate at a nearby Forest Preserve, followed by a lovely walk. That would have been enough, but we went back to her house and sat on the back porch in the sweet air, talking and having fun. And THAT would have been enough, but we decided to play a game of scrabble and sat in the dusk, drinking white wine and clicking our scrabble tiles. Ahhh.

Is there a list of allowable Scrabble words available online?

Posted by admin | Posted in Board Games | Posted on 19-09-2010

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Question by whatsinhisboxers24: Is there a list of allowable Scrabble words available online?

I enjoy playing Scrabble but my dictionary is over ten years old and as such out of date and my vocabulary is somewhat limited! I can’t afford to buy the Official Scrabble Players dictionary. Is there a word list (pref. UK) available anywhere online that I can browse/download for FREE?
I should add that I want a list that I can download to print off and keep with the board game so that when I play with my son we can reference the list and improve our game. Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by Ifeelyourpain
Try an online dictionary site. I believe any word in the English language is an allowable Scrabble word, so any online dictionary site would be sufficient.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

A List of Board Games That Have Become All Time Favorites

Posted by admin | Posted in Board Games | Posted on 13-09-2010

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A List of Board Games That Have Become All Time Favorites

Selecting the top, most sought after board games to play online can be a difficult task. But if we take some time to ask around, popular titles begin to show higher than others. Although some people may find some of the titles in the list unappealing, this article attempts to show how the majority feels. There are timeless classics that practically define the word “board games’, as well as some newer titles in different game genres (word, abstract, German-style, and more).


Learning to play chess online can be relatively simple, if you are only interested in the basics. However, moving up the ranks can take a lifetime. Regardless of your preferences for playing chess online, the game is both entertaining and challenging. It has survived the ages to become an all time favorite.


This game has become a synonym for the word Board Game. This should not come as a shock, since monopoly is considered to be one of the most successful games of the genre. The real testament of its success lies in figures. Monopoly has sold more than 500 million units since it was first released at the time of the great depression.


Scrabble is a game that needs little to no introduction. Statistics show that thirty percent of Americans keep a game of scrabble in their home. This should be proof enough of the established presence of this board game. Thus, by popular demand, scrabble has made is place in the list of all time favorites.

Settlers of Catan

Most of the success of this board game is basically due to its design. The game features random settings for each event, requiring that participants have a great deal of skill and luck. If you are the kind of person who enjoys strategy games, building and conquering territories, than this is the game for you.

Chutes and Ladders

This is an all time favorite for kids. Adults seem to enjoy it as well for the nostalgia, bringing back happy memories of their childhood..

Tigris and Euphrates

This is another favorite for strategy game lovers. Starts in a setting that resembles the dawn of civilization between two clashing dynasties, where players start off to build their empire. The features skills on managing trade, agriculture, government and religion evenly to become the victor. The game has won first prize in the 1998 Deutscher Spiele Preis. But even then, this game is already a winner for me.

Puerto Rico

A building game set in the colonial era of the Caribbean. The object aim of the game is to gather points by building infrastructures or shipping products (such as corn, sugar, coffee, etc.) to the Old World. Strategic management is the key to this game while assuming various roles (settler, builder, mayor, craftsman, etc.) in every round.


This is a lighter board game, similar to bingo. This is an all time favorite everyone can enjoy since it does not require that the players know how to read and write.

So that makes up the list as I see it. You are welcome to find the board games you like the most, depending on the genre of your choice.

Enjoy all your favorite board games online. Play board games titles that have survived generations like chess and other free board games at

Its the same board you know and love on the big iPad screen. But with iPad technology, SCRABBLE becomes a whole new game. Shake to shuffle tiles. Touch to zoom in and out on the board. And drag and drop to lay down letters. All you have to do is put words together — and iPad even helps you do that by giving you a hint for the best word. Play the way you want with customizable game rules and multiple difficulty levels. And follow your progress with game and score stats tracking.

Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Words With Friends: App Pushes It’s Way to the Top 100 List

Posted by admin | Posted in Iphone | Posted on 26-06-2010

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Words With Friends: App Pushes It’s Way to the Top 100 List

Have you ever enjoyed Scrabble? There are many imposters to the incredibly popular game, but few have managed to bring a good port to the iPhone. However, it seems as though even Scrabble themselves cannot compete with the almighty Words With Friends. We consider Words With Friends to be the greatest word game app available for the iPhone due to its incredible features, as well as the cleanliness of the graphics and interface.

Opening the app allows the user to type in their email address, to choose a username, and begin playing online. One of the best things about the app is the ability to challenge friends to a game, as well as anyone on the planet that has the app. This application is one of the most popular apps in the App Store, and with good reason. Thousands of users have given this app five-star reviews, as can be seen in the review section of the App Store. If you see a group of people on their iPhones, chances are they are playing Words With Friends together. This Scrabble port is great for anyone from someone looking to kill some time, or someone looking to spend a few hours on the game. Either way, you do not have to be an expert gamer to enjoy this game. All levels of users can have fun with this app.

Words With Friends is a whole lot of fun, and allows the user to remember why they enjoyed Scrabble so much in the first place. Its current features and the polished graphics make the game one that everyone should have.

However, the game is not without its downsides. Some features are left to be desired. There is no built-in dictionary to check your words, so the user is left to guess if a word is correct. If a word is not correct, the game will display an error message. In addition, there is no way to track how well you are doing against other players of the game. This feature would be welcome for people who are extremely competitive, and want to get the absolute best score possible.

Although the game has a few downsides, it is easy to overlook these because the game is so high quality in all other areas. The game is an extremely great price at .99. However, if you are unsure about spending money on the app, a light version is available with ads. This is one of the greatest applications available on the App Store, and is a fair price. Still, there is no reason to not try the lite version, as it is free.

If you are looking for a fun game to play with your friends, or just a way to pass the time, Words With Friends has all of the features you need to make your iPhone gaming experience fun. The sheer amount of positive reviews on the app store show that this app is one of the greatest ever made, and is here to stay. Thousands of users of this game cannot be wrong. Words With Friends is an application that no iPhone or iPod Touch user should be without. Make one of the best download decisions you have ever made, and download the application today.

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