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Distributed Social Activity Aggregator: Amplifeeder

Posted on 5.26.2009

It's not often that you see something as progressive as a lifestreaming platform available, and even more rare when it's open source.

Amplifeeder has caught the attention of pretty much everyone in the know the past few months and for good reason. It's both useful and unique.

The app is similar in functionality to Sweetcron, a PHP solution which was covered in Website Magazine several months ago. The difference is that Amplifeeder is perhaps the first app we've seen whose backend was developed in ASP.NET (runs on industry standard ASP.NET 3.5, SQL Server Express and IIS). There are quite a few hosted lifestreaming Web apps (Tumblr, Onaswarm,, Soup, Jaiku), but only a handful of solutions are available that can be hosted on your own server. Amplifeeder is perhaps the best on the market right now.

Users of the aggregator platform are able to combine their activity from different services (Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google Shared Items, Tumblr, Digg, Reddit, LastFM, Stumbleupon, Delicious, Upcoming, Mixx and many others) and style the themes as they see fit. There are actually quite a few impressive themes already, something which can't really be said for SweetCron. While using a lifestreaming app like Amplifeeder or SweetCron will not appeal to everyone, it is definitely an interesting way to present your social activiity.

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