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Live Tweeting has replaced Live Blogging, if it wasn’t already obvious. I can’t remember if it was the latest Jobs MacWorld Keynote where it became apparent (because Twitter was much faster than MacRumors) or if was during one of the 25+ debates this past election season … all I do know is that Twitter has replaced blogs for instant information. It has ceased to be a microblogging platform. Twitter has become a macro-messaging dashboard.

Whether it is finding out the new relationship between SalesForce and FaceBook, the trade of Allen Iverson, or the untimely death of Tim Russert, information is being learned on Twitter more than any other medium. For it to make it to Twitter, it very often has to be broken by a (hopefully reputable) source first … but once that link exists, the chances of it going viral (assuming it deserves to go viral) is greater. Is Twitter even faster than Digg now? That answer is definitely YES.

While I wasn’t the biggest advocate of Twitter for a while, this particular use of the platform is transformative.

As many of you know, I do a lot of presentations for agencies, corporations and industry events. Recently I have been playing a word association game with Twitter while presenting. I ask the audience, “What’s the first word that comes to mind when I say ‘Twitter.'”

I started doing this because I had a very surprising experience at an agency. There is a small firm in downtown NYC that pretty much exploded in laughter when I pulled up the screenshot of twitter. So we went around the room and asked everyone what they thought? The words that were thrown out were: ridiculous, crazy, boring, waste of time, bird, etc. I don’t remember anyone in those events saying journalist, influencers, instant messaging, conversation, etc.

I’d love to be able to do it now, but due to time I’ll have to save my, “Why Twitter is Important” post for later and just point you towards HubSpot’s solid tome.

UPDATE: The untimely and unfortunate death of Barack Obama’s grandmother was spread on Twitter only seconds after it was broken on MSNBC and beat Reuters, CNN, Marketwatch, etc. to the news. It also beat Digg by a mile. I’m very saddened by the news and hope it doesn’t come across as callous.

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It’s going to be very interesting to see how this all unfolds… I remember when people started emigrating from Friendster to MySpace back in 2003 or 2004. It was very sudden … and it was Friendster’s fault. The site became too slow to even log on. That and the new shiny allowed you to add music and background images!!!! Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

The conversation about the emigration was even taking place on Friendster …

FriendFeed is being discussed heavily by the geeks and bleeding-edgers. Though it’s a very small group, it is very influential.

We will see how much buzz this site gets over the next two weeks when people return from their vacations.

I remember being riveted by the Wii’s rise on the blogosphere and keeping track of the stats. This is going to be a great case-study if we remember to record it.

I hope I don’t forget that FriendFeed is still only a tadpole in comparison … While I think it will be my nervecenter and could possibly steal some time from my rss aggregators, it hasn’t reached critical mass (or the mainstream) yet. Let’s see when the shark eats the whale

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It’s simple. Google should buy FriendFeed now. The longer they wait, the more the asking price will be. I’m not talking wait Friendster long … but the time is now to buy FriendFeed. If they don’t, Microsoft, AOL or Yahoo! should.

Google’s suite works the best with FriendFeed. The aggregator model of microblogging and lifestreaming is it. I thought it would come in the form of netvibes or iGoogle, but not everyone sees it that way.

PicasaWeb works incredibly well with FriendFeed … maybe just as good as FlickR, but I’m a Picasa guy since the Hello days when FlickR didn’t have a bulk uploader. But back then, just finding a free site to post photos to was tough enough. Yahoo Photos was around but you couldn’t link to any of the photos because the links kept changing. That was also around the same time when blogger stopped offering their Pro level of service which allowed photo storage.

Anyhow. Buy FriendFeed. It’s probably only a couple Billion, what’s the worst that could happen? This gives you the best application to merge all of the services you offer. It’s reactive and preemptive. Do it. Do it.

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A lot of Tweeters and bloggers have been pointing people towards alternatives like FriendFeed and Identi.ca. I am a user of both sites but I think there are significant differences between all three, and certainly the difference between identi.ca and FriendFeed as a replacement to Twitter.

Twitter does a decent job of keeping track of conversations and allowing groups of people to connect. identi.ca does a good job of allowing users to communicate with each other, but connecting and doing other sorts of control-settings are absent. The things both lack is the inclusion of the rest of your online life… kind of a big deal.

FriendFeed solves this problem and allows rich multimedia to improve the interface and experience. It does not include a terrific tool that lets you block parts of users lives you wish not to keep track of. It also doesn’t allow you to block friends of friends that act, and name themselves, like Trolls. It has done a great job of making a social network a microblog and lifestream at the same time.

I have a good sense that the creators of FriendFeed will be more reactive than those of Friendster and Twitter. If they act instantly, listen and see the needs before a quick competitor does, they may well lead Twitter by the end of the year.

I want to pay close attention to all of these statistics over the next few months. I expect that this month will bring in a great migration and unless Twitter responds with major upgrades, they’re toast.

If you haven’t taken a look at FriendFeed … do it. Take a look, get active, listen, and see how it can help our brands, our organizations and our continuing education.

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