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I tried this too for a while, but it was just too disjointed to be of real value to people. And to import from FriendFeed in the way described (a sidebar widget has been doable for a long time) doesn’t seem to help much. Especially since the majority of FF content still comes from Twitter.

Nonetheless, figuring out ways to make all sorts of Social Media activity, that, while useful and increasingly inevitable/necessary, does take time away from writing “old-fashioned” blog posts, is a key concern:

For a while I played with the idea of adjusting Twitter Tools “Digest” feature to create more intelligent short posts on the fly using hashtags (e.g. #s for start, #e for end, #t for title, etc.), but the reality is that most of your Twitter followers would not take too well to such extended soliloquy.

So the problem remains, one idea I have seen is the integration of a mini-blog like Tumblr or Posterous into the main blog as shown in this example http://longtail.com under “Tidbits”. Pretty smart, and I might try this out myself.

One thing that greatly disappointed me was Google’s recent announcement that they were shuttering GoogleNotebooks for the most part. In my view a big mistake, since some version of this form of quick capture (some of the other similar bookmarklets tend to be somewhat slow by comparison) if integrated more fully with other properties (Blogger comes to mind…), could have stolen the show.

So I’d say the race for the ideal short/rapid publishing platform is still on. Twitter and FriendFeed mentions seem from their length constraints more apt to be used as a form of commenting, as in the “social comments” system you guys just launched.

Drawing you social media activities back into your own blog is important both from a ROI on time spent, as well as an archiving/authorship perspective.

While you may not retain too many exclusive rights to your stuff once it’s posted on a 3rd party site on the internet, at least you should be able to access it even if some 3rd party services were to e.g. go out of business (or were to capriciously kill your account.. it’s happened to some real Internet celebs already).

It’s sort of like a reverse “Facebook overly broad terms of service”: I hereby declare that I retain the right to world-wide performance of my Twitter tweets, asf. … 🙂

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