Friendfeed Search Everywhere

Feedly mini now integrates friendfeed and feedly search results into Google Search, Yahoo, MSN, Wikipedia, Amazon, eBay and more. Here is how it works:

Let’s imagine that you go to Yahoo and search for iPhone

Yahoo Search Overlay

As you can see, feedly mini does a parallel search for iphone on both friendfeed and feedly/Google Reader and notifies you of the results using a small popup.

search popup detailsIf you click on more results, you will expand the popup and show up to 6 results:

search popup expanded

The value here is that I can in context of existing search engines get a quick look at a) what are my friends and people I trust have to say about this keyword and b) what do my favorite sources have to say about this keyword – all this without me having to change my search behavior.


Why integrate with Friendfeed and not Twitter?

Because the friendfeed search engine is much more powerful: the number of links and comments associated with entries allows us to quickly separate the signal from the noise. The fact that the friendfeed engine allows me to both search within my network of trust and beyond it makes much more resilient to spam. Finally what is really nice about friendfeed is that one can search for tweets but also many more types of entries which we think results in a much richer experience. [note: @scobleizer, @leolaporte, @stevegillmor have made that argument for a long time – think of this as a proof of concept of what they have been talking about]

How do you pick the friendfeed results?

For each keyword, we do two queries on friendfeed: one within the context of my friends, with likes:1 and comments:1 and the other within all friendfeed with likes:3 and comments:3. We use a very simple function to score returned entries:

var dayAge = Math.ceil( ( new Date().getTime() – ffEntry.lastModifiedDate ) / ( 24 * 3600 * 1000 ) )
ffEntry.score = ( ffEntry.likes.length + 3 * ffEntry.comments.length ) / Math.log( dayAge );

Entries from your friends are always ranked higher than the entries from people you do not follow. This is just a simple way to allow newer entries to compete against older entries. Also we only show entries which are less than 30 days old.

Which search engines do you support?

We currently support Google Search, Google News, Google Blogs, Yahoo Search, Youtube Search, MSN Search, Amazon Search, Twitter Search and eBay Search. If you would like to see more search engines added, just @feedly us and we will add them in.

I find this very annoying can I turn it off?

Yes. In the feedly preference page, there is a Search Overlay knob which you can use to turn it off. Please let us see if you would like to see more options.

Note: when the pop up is displayed, clicking on anywhere on the page will make it go away.


All the integration is happening in real-time on the client. We do not track or save what users search for. For more information, you can look at the feedly privacy page.

This is available now as part of 1.2.247. Here is the friendfeed thread we are using to track your feedback.

Update: The problem with some links opening inline in the small popup has been fixed in 1.2.248.

Author: @feedly

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11 thoughts on “Friendfeed Search Everywhere”

  1. FriendFeed has less users today than it did last October, according to Comscore. Co-founder Paul Buchheit says that isn’t accurate (and I believe him), but it’s clear that the service hasn’t grown much in the last few months.

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