Today, BigOven.com became the first recipe sharing site to support FriendFeed(tm), a free, and rapidly-growing social network aggregation service.
(Please send beta feedback here, thanks!)
What does this mean, and why is this useful?
About FriendFeed: At the simplest level, FriendFeed shows you a single "stream" of all your web activity. For instance, every time you post to your blog, it goes on your FriendFeed. Every time you upload to YouTube, it goes on your FriendFeed. Every time you upload to flickr, every time you use twitter… you get the idea. It’s a single-stream announcement/discussion service.
My FriendFeed is here: http://friendfeed.com/stevemur.
You can subscribe to the ones you want, and leave the ones you don’t want at any time. With FriendFeed, you get a single "streamed" view of your, or all your friend’s web activity — whether that’s posts on blogs, flickr photo uploads, YouTube video uploads, twitter messages, etc., and now BigOven activity.
You can subscribe to your friend and family’s streams, seeing their activity as it happens, seeing a single consolidated view of it all, and staying in touch with things they like and don’t like. It’s rather like Facebook’s "what are my friends doing" feature, but on steroids. It’s been broadened, to more of a cross-application, vendor-neutral version of it.
You can see my FriendFeed here: http://friendfeed.com/stevemur, or one of the much more connected people around these days, journalist/blogger/opinion-maker Robert Scoble, at http://friendfeed.com/scobleizer. Robert has recently written that now that FriendFeed has arrived, he’s blogging less, and FF is rapidly becoming the place he turns to in order to find out what’s happening on the net and amongst his friends.
The news is that starting today, BigOven.com, the social network about food with 92,000+ users, is part of the fun.
Once you do a quick setup (only about 2 mins), every time you post a recipe, or upload a photo or a video, or rate a recipe highly with 4 or 5 stars, BigOven will automatically add it to your personal FriendFeed stream if you take just a moment to tell it to do so. These streams can then be shown to your friends, placed on your blog, your Facebook profile, or many other places. It’s a great way to alert friends and family when you do something interesting on the web. FriendFeed is completely free.
And it’s simple!
1) You’ll need a free FriendFeed account. Get one here.
2) After you’ve created FriendFeed account (and have a BigOven.com free membership), visit www.bigoven.com/friendfeed to tell BigOven which alerts to send on your FriendFeed. Simply check the boxes you’d like to send.. that’s it! (You can return to this page at any time either via the direct link, or your "My Settings" area, which can be reached from your chef page’s "Edit My Page" button.)
(Note that BigOven never sees your FriendFeed username and password, only the "RemoteKey", which is public, and can be reset by you at any time.)
After you click "authorize", your friends will see your stream like this:
Learn much more about FriendFeed at C|NET.