Remember FriendFeed?

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I do. It was great. It's a shame it fell into obscurity and was eventually closed down.

After months of private beta testing, FriendFeed opened to the public in early 2008 to enthusiastic response. Louis Gray, an early adopter, saw the potential for a new kind of social networking. “[W]e can expect the service to grow tremendously,” he wrote, “kicking off the next wave of social networking services aimed not at posting busy profiles, but instead, aimed at collaboration, sharing and communication.” Tech and Web 2.0 journalists flocked to the site, using it as a kind of proto-Twitter to find breaking news and distribute their own stories.

The rise and fall of FriendFeed, the social network that brought you the ‘Like’ button by The Kernel