Is Twitters email format costing you followers?

I was clearing out the list of folks I follow on Twitter today (the dead accounts, marketers etc..) when I got to thinking about the emails that both Twitter and FriendFeed send out when you subscribe to someone (or they subscribe to you).

Look at the two images below. The first is the email I received from Twitter when @moxygen followed me today and the second, is from FriendFeed when shravan subscribed to my account.

Take a good look at both pictures and tell me if you agree that the emails from Twitter are so sparse that you’re unlikely to follow somebody back. You’re more likely to just ignore the email!

Yet FriendFeeds email provides you with a wealth of information that can sway you into hitting that “subscribe back” button.

Moxygen Twitter shravanmishra FriendFeed

Is Twitters email format costing you potential subscribers?

Easy way to synch who you follow on Twitter and Friendfeed

I’ve been on Friendfeed for a while and have to admit to now using it all that much. I think much of that has to do with the hassle of finding the accounts of the couple of all the people I’m following on Twitter.

Well that may change soon as courtesy of Eric over at InternetDuctTape there now exists a program called “Twitter 2 Friend Feed Importer” which will plough through al the people you follow on Twitter and add then to your friendfeed account using Googles Social Graph API.


It keeps track of who it has added over time. If you unsubscribe from someone using the web interface, they won’t be added again next time you run.

It uses Google’s Social Graph API to try and find connections between accounts on Twitter and Friend Feed (since Friend Feed doesn’t provide a good autodiscovery mechanism). You can play with the Social Graph API here. Unfortunately, this can be hit or miss. It works great on some people, but not so well with others.

It comes down to whether or not the person has been setting up XFN and FOAF links between their services. It shows a big failure in the social graph API. People who have claimed their accounts using Technorati, Claim ID or MyBlogLog are easily linked — others, not so much.

The program itself is still very basic (has no GUI) and as Eric admits, it’s a bit hit and miss but did successfully manage to locate a few of the people I’ve been following on Twitter and had failed (due to boredom and the monotony of searching for usernames) to locate.

Thanks Eric!

coComment starts monetizing, may charge for premium service

coComment (a service which allows you aggregate your blog comments from all over the web) have finally started to monetize their service. I didn’t realize it until I was commenting on some blogs today and spotted the advertising scrolling through the coComment window.

In that time, we have transformed what was a concept into a company with a very different (and much larger) product set, built a team of 22 people and acquired over 1.15million users.

However, in all that time, we’ve not made a cent/penny/grivna in revenues nor have we sought to do so. The funding from coComment has come solely from its investors.

They’ve also hinted that soon you may be able to remove adverts (which aren’t currently targeted) from their service by paying a fee of $5 a year for an ad-free service.

Considering how unobtrusive the advertising is in the coComment window I’m not sure if I would be purchasing that. I mean, c’mon how many people actually subscribe to someone else’s co-comment feed? Aren’t we all on friendfeed digesting everything?

We have therefore started running advertising on the site, in our feeds to others sites and in coComment windows. I know, of course, that most people would prefer to see advertising-free services but the reality is, of course, that ultimately we cannot provide the service to you without generating revenues.

I also want us to offer our users the opportunity to have an ad-free service for an annual fee of $5.

Here’s a screen grab of the advertising in question in action in one of my comment boxes. Of course you can always see it in "reality" if you choose to comment on the post!