Facebook has made good on its promise to expand the site’s “Mini Feed” feature, allowing users to import data from popular external services like Del.icio.us, Flickr, Yelp, Digg and Picasa.
Content aggregation, pulling in posts from a wide range of sites, is the current hotness among social websites and Facebook’s new features are in many ways an answer to services like Plaxo Pulse, FriendFeed and Iminta which offer similar capabilities.
But since Facebook is already more popular than the dedicated aggregation sites, the new features mean Facebook’s competitors face an even tougher fight for users.
However, despite the fact that you can pull data into the mini feed, Facebook’s importing support is still a limited. For instance, if you’d like to pull in your Flickr or Picasa photos and have them show up in you Facebook photo albums, you’re out of luck. The images will show up in the mini feed, but that’s it.
Flickr’s new video upload options are bit limited with a ninety-second cap, but sometimes limitations inspire interesting new ideas — like the “long portrait.” Long Portraits are simply short video clips that attempt to capture the “essence” of a person and still fit the limitations of Flickr video.
Create for the idea goes to the inventive folks over at Photojojo who were inspired by this post from Jason Kottke.