Using Friendica as a Content Aggregator

Frien­di­ca is a pow­er­ful tool, not only for social net­work­ing; but also for a vari­ety of oth­er pur­pos­es. The usage I would like to dis­cuss today is con­tent aggregation.

There are many ways to aggre­gate con­tent on the web; but Frien­di­ca has some­thing that none of the oth­ers have. Frien­di­ca not only allows you to aggre­gate con­tent; but it also allows you to inte­grate that con­tent with social net­work­ing con­tent from a vari­ety of sources. Gen­er­al­ly aggre­ga­tors only aggre­gate RSS feeds; but Frien­di­ca has been cus­tomized to han­dle a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent kinds of con­tent, not just RSS feeds.

This means you can look at all of the lat­est posts from your favorite web­sites, via their RSS feeds, while also see­ing the lat­est from your social net­works (Frien­di­ca, Twit­ter, Iden­ti­ca, Youtube, Face­book, etc). This is a valu­able tool for effi­cient­ly keep­ing up with the flow of infor­ma­tion from web­sites you fol­low and social net­works that you are part of.

The process of inte­grat­ing the con­tent from web­sites you want to fol­low, is sim­i­lar to how you might add a con­tact to your social net­work. In fact, on Frien­di­ca, the posts from web­sites you fol­low, appear in the same way as post from your social networks.
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