Why you should add the Twitter service to FriendFeed

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If you signed up for a FriendFeed account, and use Twitter, but haven’t added the Twitter service, there’s just one more thing you need to do: add the Twitter service.

Why?

FriendFeed is a Twitter client, among many other things. One of key differences between it and other Twitter clients is it’s a web application that runs at scale, and so it siphons Twitter content from different, much stronger stream (technical details) than clients like TweetDeck or Tweetie. But it needn’t grab all updates, only those of users who’ve opted-in. If you signed up for FriendFeed, but haven’t add the Twitter service, your updates drift by, unnoticed by FriendFeed and its users.

How to fix it:

  1. Log into FriendFeed, then go to http://friendfeed.com/settings/services
  2. Click “Twitter” image 
  3. Type in your Twitter username, & click “Import Twitter”: 
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    (Now, if your Twitter updates really are protected, I think you’re doing it differently, not necessarily wrong, and feel free to Cancel at this point.)
  4. If you have multiple Twitter accounts, you can add some or all of them to the FriendFeed river in the same way.

That’s it, you’re done.