To Beta Services: LET ME DELETE MY ACCOUNT!

If it’s one thing that annoys me more than incomplete releases of services (beta’s done half-assed), it’s not having the option to delete my account! Honestly, it doesn’t take me that long to know whether or not I’ll continue to use a service. I know what I’m looking for, what I’m trying to achieve, and what tools would and wouldn’t be conducive to the end result. That’s how I am as a person and I’m a nit picky about my specifics.

Nevertheless, service after service after service is being released with no option whatsoever to delete my account. Why?!! I seriously don’t understand why. For numbers? What kind of service counts inactive users? Not a trustworthy one in my eyes.

So, to Fav.or.it, Facebook, Tanglr, Socialthing!, and FriendFeed, yes you FriendFeed, add a freakin’ account deletion button. Follow Shyftr’s example with the subject matter! I know you don’t want to lose users, but as I asked before: What good is an inactive user?!

This open letter isn’t nice because this isn’t rocket science. A damn account deletion button isn’t anything new and should be available FROM THE START! I don’t WANT to email ANYONE just to get out of your service. Provide that hospitality and consideration from the get go. People will always want to unsubscribe from your service whether you like it or not. Allow us that convenience!

****UPDATE It seems FriendFeed does have an account deletion button, it’s just not all that noticeable.

Corvida, sorry if we don’t make the functionality more obvious, but you can delete your account at http://friendfeed.com/account/…. We link to it from, among other places, the privacy policy, but we clearly need to make it more discoverable. – Bret Taylor

I really like Bret Taylor!

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Socialthing! Pay Heed If You Want To Compete

Techcrunch has a great review up of the new kid on the block Socialthing! and warns FriendFeed to watch out! Techcrunch states:

Socialthing! officially goes into private beta today and will let in the first 1,000 TechCrunch readers who use the invitation code “TechCrunch” to sign up (you’ll have to wait a few days to get your account, however).

I used the invite code and got my account activated within seconds. Techcrunch’s review of Socialthing! ends up being more of a compare and contrast of both services.

While FriendFeed actually requires users to create their own list of friends on FriendFeed, Socialthing! realizes you probably don’t want to create yet another list of your friends. So instead of asking you to do more work, it automatically detects who your friends are on the social services to which you belong.

Robert Scoble always said the comments section is where it’s at. This article is no exception! In the comments section, numerous complaints about missing features (that FriendFeed already provides) have been brought up over and over. Not only is Socialthing! behind in terms of how many services you can add, but forces you to hand over your precious credentials; something FriendFeed doesn’t ask for.

Everyone who knows anything about what’s going on in tech news, knows that this has been a pretty touchy subject for a while. So much so that companies (Google) are releasing contact API’s so that users don’t have to hand over their credentials. I recall one blogger (I want to say it was Marshall Kirkpatrick) tweet on twitter that they were no longer handing over their Twitter credentials for new applications and services. What did founder and CEO Matt Galligan have to say? “@marshallk thanks…since we’re doing stuff with friends lists we need auth…we too hate having to give over passwords

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Did RSSmeme Forget You?

As of yesterday, Benjamin Golub, creator of RSSmeme, has added a great new feature that I’m sure many have asked about (myself included): “You can now register your own Google Reader shared feed with RSSmeme.”

Interestingly enough, this wasn’t a feature that Golub intended to add because “RSSmeme crawls the web looking for feeds“. He also thought the registration feature was “superfluous”, albeit for a good reason; most people who asked about/for this feature had already been added into the site’s database.

So what made you add it Golub?

I used to find 100s of new feeds a day but that number has dropped significantly in the last few days (have I found you all?) so I reluctantly added a submission page.

It turns out this is actually a good way to find out if you are already in the system.  If you are unsure you can just submit your Google Reader shared feed and RSSmeme will redirect you to your page (and add you if you aren’t already there).

Logical enough. Though, I think it should’ve been added from the get go for the same reasons you’re adding it now. Better late than never they say!

Read It For Yourself [via] Benjamin Golub’s Blog

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FriendFeed is THE Next Big Thing

FriendFeed Social Aggregator To me, FriendFeed is already a big thing, and after less than 48 hours on the site it has a permanent bookmark on my Firefox Bookmark Toolbar thanks to Louis Gray’s article about FriendFeed opening up and an invite from Gray to try out the service.

WHAT IS FRIENDFEED?

FriendFeed enables you to keep up-to-date on the web pages, photos, videos and music that your friends and family are sharing. It offers a unique way to discover and discuss information among friends.

Sign up for FriendFeed, invite some friends, and get a customized feed made up of the content that your friends shared — from news articles to family photos to interesting links and videos. FriendFeed automatically imports shared stuff from sites across the web, so if your friend favorites a video on YouTube, you get a link and a thumbnail of the video in your feed. And if your friend likes a news story on Digg, you get a link in your feed. FriendFeed makes all the sites you already use a little more social.

It’s also fast and easy to start discussions around shared items. On FriendFeed, you and your friends contribute to a shared stream of information — information that you care about, because it’s from the people that you care about.

Yeah I copy and pasted from the website. Who better to explain a service than the developers themselves? =P

Nevertheless, FriendFeed is a social network aggregator. Other services that you can pull information from and share include twitter, your linkblog, your website’s RSS, GoogleTalk (for status updates), del.icio.us, ma.gnolia, flickr, picasa, vimeo, netflix, jaiku, last.fm, pownce, reddit, tumblr, zooomr, ilike, amazon, and a few more.

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