Facebook Killing Off FriendFeed

Remember FriendFeed? It used to be a live social media network popular with librarians. The Register reports that Facebook is killing it off in one month. As of April 9th the service will disappear and it appears that content posted to the service will not be transportable to other formats/networks.


FriendFeed *is* a social network popular with a fairly large group of library people. It isn't in the past tense until April 9, by which time the group will probably re-form somewhere else.

If you go by what the company actually says: 'The number of people using FriendFeed has been steadily declining and the community is now just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we've decided that it's time to start winding things down."

It is the correct tense. Just because some people still love it doesn't disguise the fact it's a fraction of what it was. Was. Past tense.

That's great thinking. So when a person's, say, 75 years old, since their lifespan is a fraction of what it was, it's appropriate to speak of them in the past tense? I assume you also refer to LPs in the past tense, since sales are a TINY fraction of what they once were--even though they've been growing for some years.

It is no longer popular. Hence it is closing. It's the walking dead.
It's dead behind the eyes and just the body of your dead grandfather now.
Until that then turns to dust on the 9th. Once something has a defined deathdate you can publish the obituary. It's a very common thing in the technology world.

People and LP's don't have a defined deathdate and they will physically exist even after they stop breathing or being sold. Friendfeed won't.

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