Like all social media networks you want to start with your home page. Add an image, fill out your bio and add some of the RSS feeds to your other networks if you have them by clicking the add services link. Don’t feel like you have to put them all up right away, you can add more later. You might want to think a bit about which profiles you have you want to be your core and open for discussion. You can also link to the RSS feeds of feed readers like Google Reader or Netvibes and share your favorite feeds through FriendFeed.

You’ll also want to set up your email and IM settings. You can get daily or up-to-the-minute alerts when you get new “subscribers” or someone comments on your post.

Once set up, do some searches for keywords you are interested in, names of people you’d like to connect with, organizations or brands you’d like to hear about, or email addresses of people you’d like to invite to join you.

Once you’ve got a bunch of fascinating information flowing into your FriendFeed page, don’t panic. There are tools to help stem the tide and make it easier to browse.

Lists

When you first sign up all your incoming feeds go into your home feed. Here you can quickly scan the most recent news and respond, but you can have as many lists as you want.

I create one for friends, family, top posters and for each of the different areas of interest. I also have a sort of “A List” for clients and people I want to make sure I don’t miss.

Filters

Sometimes somebody is at an event and live blogging it or on a rant about something on one of the services and swamping your feed with stuff you just aren’t interested in. You don’t have to stop following them. Just set a filter to hide the info from that person for a while. You can also hide particular feeds, though I’m not sure why you’d want to do that one.

Now let’s say you are fascinated by a new application and you want to hear everything that comes through FriendFeed about it. Do a search for it (iPhone app) and create a new list of all the people talking about it.

Groups (aka Rooms)

FriendFeed rooms recently changed to being called groups, but you’ll still hear references to both. These groups have a lot of uses. They can be just for fun, to talk about particular areas of interest, for groups of organizations to talk among themselves. You can choose to make your group private and decide if you want people to be able to vote on things or comment as well.

If you set up public rooms you accept a certain level of responsibility to keep them populated with interesting people and information for them to discuss. You have to feed the conversations or the room goes quiet and nobody comes there anymore. If you moderate this well, people will look to you as a resource and hey, you’ll BE a resource. Cool huh?

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