FriendFeed Hack for Immediate Feed Item Updates

Update: Apparently I’m blind and need to pay more attention as you will see after reading the first comment. In any case, I still think this tip is useful for people. This has now been downgraded from a hack to a tip.

So how often do you upload a photo to Flickr or bookmark something on only to wait patiently for it to appear in your feed while continually refreshing your browser?

FriendFeed definitely seems to have varying timeframes when they poll services to add items to your feed. Twitter seems to often happen very quickly, while other services can take quite long. I don’t have details on their methods for polling services, but I do have a hack to speed up the process that I will share with you.

  •  First off, upload a photo, bookmark a page, or add whatever content to a service you’ve added to FriendFeed
  • Go to FriendFeed and click on the “Me” tab to bring up your profile
  •  Click on the “Edit/Add” link under your Services listing
  • Click on the service you added something to
  • When the service screen comes up click on the “save changes” button
  • Now when the page reloads your new item should appear



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  1. Huh? Hmmm. 1) This isn't a hack. 2) Wonder what that button which says “Refresh feed” does?

  2. I've been doing this for so long I never noticed the “refresh feed”. I'd swear that link wasn't there when I first started doing this. In any case, thanks for the clarification, albeit in your slap me in the face with a fish kinda way.

  3. Heh. Acknowledged. Suppose I could have been a bit more friendly about it. 😉

  4. “So how often do you upload a photo to Flickr or bookmark something on only to wait patiently for it to appear in your feed while continually refreshing your browser?”

    Haha, well, I love me some lifestreaming, but seriously, never 😉

  5. For what it's worth Mark, I've been wondering how to refresh feeds on demand as well. I didn't know there was a link to do that. It must have been a very recent addition to the interface.

  6. Ok, this was bugging me a little so I decided to research a bit more. I know that FriendFeed offers a changelog so I decided to search it. If you look here you will see an item with the description “add service refresh and also improve delete a bit” you will also see “change to 'Refresh feed'”. Both of these added on 5/13/08. So best I can tell that's when they added this. Ahh…I'll be able to sleep much better tonite.

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