Characterization of FriendFeed - A Web-Based Social Aggregation Service

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Executive Summary

Many Web users have accounts with multiple different social networking services. This scenario has prompted development of "Social aggregation" services such as FriendFeed that aggregate the information available through various services. Using five weeks of activity of more than 100,000 Friend-Feed users, the authors consider questions such as what types of services users aggregate content from, the relative popularity of services, who follows the aggregated content feeds, and why. With the increasing popularity of Online Social Networking (OSN) and content sharing services, many Web users have accounts on many of these services.

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