FFholic provides search functions that can be used to find the most interesting folks to subscribe to at FriendFeed:
- Type in your favorite user in the search box in the top right
- Click the radio button for Users
- Click search
- On the search results page click on Has xxx estimated subscribers
After a short wait the search results show you the FriendFeed users following the person you searched on ranked by those who have the most subscribers. Using this search you only need to have one favorite person to find the FriendFeed users who also find your favorite person interesting.
Here are some searches to give you the idea:
- See who subscribes to GrowMap at FriendFeed.
- Robert Scoble is number one at FriendFeed; who are the most active subscribers to Scobleizer?
- Finding FF users by subject is not easy. Ernie Yacub suggested Michael Linton for his expertise on community currencies and open money systems. I doubt I’d ever have found that myself.
- Sean McBride shares his expertise on the Middle East. See Sean McBride’s subscribers.
- Some assist us in their choice of handles: bankwatch specializes in banking.
If you can find one active FriendFeed user who posts about your favorite interests you’ll be able to find more through them. The down side is we don’t know whether their followers actually SHARE anything on that subject; only that they also are interested in it.
I’m hoping if we keep suggesting it that one day we will be able to search FriendFeed by interest to find both the most popular items shared and conversations had AND subject matter experts by expertise!
That would greatly benefit all their users, create quality pages to bring in search traffic, and allow small businesses to offer their products and services directly to those who are truly interested in what they do.
It is still fast and simple to locate popular sites by subject in any search engine or on the StumbleUpon site. Simply search for +stumbleupon and +your interest. For example: Golf or Tennis or Ubuntu or Horses.
StumbleUpon really erred when they changed how they displayed sites by tag though. In the “old days” you landed on a page where you could read excerpts of the reviews, see how many other users liked them, and could easily identify which StumbleUpon users were experts in any subject.
Those pages were the most useful on StumbleUpon – and the ones advertisers would have gladly paid good money to advertise on because they absolutely would have converted. Apparently the new owners didn’t recognize what they had and eliminated them instead of monetizing them.
Whichever Social Networking Service decides to add the ability to quickly and easily find content and users by interest will become THE most popular Social Media service with both users and advertisers. I would love to provide beta testing and input for that service, spreading the word and recommending them to advertisers and users alike.
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