Post to Friendfeed, Twitter, and the “realtime web” in 3 seconds flat from your WordPress blog [tutorial]

To make a realtime WordPress (self hosted) blog:

Two plugins and one checkbox on Friendfeed:

1) Get Wp-sup. SUP is the protocol that updates Friendfeed, kindly developed by Friendfeed. It’s an instantaneous ping the moment a post goes up (one second) INFO: Check out this FAQ page, where you can also test the manual update of SUP. Also see the Google Code page.

2) Media RSS makes sure your images are in enclosure tags so Friendfeed can wrap its pretty head around them. If you have three mp3 files in your post, they will show up. First image is slapped in there too. For an example see this MONEYDICK mp3+image post translated to Friendfeed style.

3) Notify twitter when your blog is updated by checking the “Post my FriendFeed entries on Twitter by default” to the “Advanced Twitter Settings” page. Now the instantaneousness of Friendfeed hits twitter.Three seconds to twitter reference of your blog post. See below:
3.1) Extra sauce: Show Friendfeed comments on your blog with “Friendfeed Comments.”

Become an Enabler (of the realtime web)

RSS doesn’t need to change, it just needs some patching.

There’s crazy talk coming out of Mr. Gillmor about RSS dying, as though there’s something wrong with it. There’s nothing wrong with it. It will continue to be the protocol for those who read blogs. Steve Gillmor’s sensationalist post (replete with Beatles photos) didn’t make much of a point against RSS except that he doesn’t like non-fulltext feeds (and he has a lot of “Friends” on Twitter). But his major complaint with RSS is that it’s not realtime:

…realtime has swept past the field as though the rest were sleep-walking. Realtime is the time for artists, for interpreting the stream and sending deeply nuanced signals with humor, music, respect for the dialogue but none for the chattering of the false debates of the cable networks. (via)

I defer to Dave Winer who developed RSS for a response:

…RSS is as dead as HTTP and SMTP, which is to say it’s alive and kicking. These protocols get widely implemented, are so deeply ingrained in the infrastructure they become part of the fabric of the Internet. They don’t die, they don’t rest in piece. They become the foundation for everything that follows. via:#

But RSS does have limitations. If you’re a content creator, you use an RSS or ATOM feed. Because users don’t know when you’ve posted content, you offer Email subscriptions, or you post your content on Twitter with Twitterfeed. Twitterfeed updates every 30 minutes… hardly the ‘realtime’ web.There’s really no faster way than to integrate with Friendfeed or a WordPress Twitter plugin like “Tweetsuite.”

So what’s the fastest way… I’m talking 2 seconds… to get your content posted on Twitter/Friendfeed and in front of the eyeballs of whoever gives a damn?

The Future

When Twitter Search gets it’s makeover, perhaps the clunkiness of RSS, (when paired with Friendfeed) will truly create a functional real-time web. We don’t yet have the search figured out for ‘now’ but it’s happening slowly.

Friendfeeders–who are now getting used to the realtime nature of content, don’t always play nice with Twitterers. Users like Robert Scoble have forsaken Twitter for the dynamic true realtime conversational nature of Friendfeed: Imagine commenting on a twitter post as naturally as commenting on a blog post!  Content creators like scoble in the realtime web must help lead the charge for content creators to post their content on Twitter+Friendfeed as it happens. Only with SUP + RSS + Twitter + PersonRank-enabled Twitter search will we have an Internet where realtime happens.

An unsubstantiated rumor of Twitter’s power:

Jayaram told of being in the Twitter offices in San Francisco on March 30, when the Twitter engineers noticed that the word “earthquake” had suddenly started trending up. They didn’t know where the earthquake was. Several seconds later, their building started to shake. The earthquake had been in Morgan Hill, 60 miles south of San Francisco, and the tweets about the shaker reached the office faster than the seismic waves themselves. (via)

Note: this post will appear immediately after I post it for my twitter/friendfeed followers, but will be lost and forgotten, even if I schedule it for the Pacific Time lunch break.

The Twitter


There’s been a lot of talk about ‘the twitter’ recently. My advice to people who don’t know what it is: don’t let someone else tell you what it is, try it out! But stay away from the real shaq, for he will only make you question the nature of cinema.

The End of Solitude [must read]


Got an extraordinary kick in the pants from William Deresiewicz’s article in The Chronicle titled “The End of Solitude: As everyone seeks more and broader connectivity, the still, small voice speaks only in silence.” He writes of how text messaging, myspace, facebook, and twitter have eliminated idleness, personal time, and self-reflection. We have forgotten how to be alone:

But we no longer live in the modernist city, and our great fear is not submersion by the mass but isolation from the herd. Urbanization gave way to suburbanization, and with it the universal threat of loneliness. What technologies of transportation exacerbated — we could live farther and farther apart — technologies of communication redressed — we could bring ourselves closer and closer together. Or at least, so we have imagined. The first of these technologies, the first simulacrum of proximity, was the telephone. “Reach out and touch someone.” But through the 70s and 80s, our isolation grew. Suburbs, sprawling ever farther, became exurbs. Families grew smaller or splintered apart, mothers left the home to work. The electronic hearth became the television in every room. Even in childhood, certainly in adolescence, we were each trapped inside our own cocoon. Soaring crime rates, and even more sharply escalating rates of moral panic, pulled children off the streets. The idea that you could go outside and run around the neighborhood with your friends, once unquestionable, has now become unthinkable. The child who grew up between the world wars as part of an extended family within a tight-knit urban community became the grandparent of a kid who sat alone in front of a big television, in a big house, on a big lot. We were lost in space.

Link to article

It’s part anecdotal, part philsophical, and 100 percent dead on.


A scientific approach to Myspace’s Failure

Liveblogging the VP debates…

902: Here we go…

tweets here.

Biden’s first attack regarding McCain’s flip flops on the first day of econ crisis is met with pretty feisty talking points from palin.

9:09: I think american’s are craving something new and different. *giggle* – Palin

9:10: Joe six pack: “we need to say never again will we be exploited again” … “demand strict oversight” blah blah blah.

“We need to take personal approaches to managing credit.” says palin.

Biden responds with Obama’s prophesy of the sub-prime problem.

Palin is telling stories. Biden is talking politics.

9:14: Biden is rocking now. Talking voting history.

follow @slate on twitter : for some good times.

Biden seems very calm, speaking well like he’s been doing this a while.

9:18: 5,000 for health care, ability to cross state lines for care are her ‘details’

9:19: 95% of small businesses would not be required to pay more for taxes says Biden. McCain points out some particulars of where the tax credit for healthcare comes from. 20 million will be dropped from health insurance. “The ultimate bridge to nowhere” !!!!!

9:21: Lotsa mention of Exxon Mobil tax credits from Biden.

9:23 wtt gonna make shure the people of the alaska are gnn come frrst

here’s some tweets: