With social media and the social graph becoming more outstanding sources of news and information, a new service called FriendShuffle is looking to make it easy to browse through what your friends are sharing.
FriendShuffle.com is a very simple service that allows you to randomly shuffle through links liked by your Facebook friends, using Facebook Connect.
Once you connect FriendShuffle to your Twitter and/or Facebook account, all you have to do is click “Shuffle” and you’ll be shown either links that your friends have “liked” on Facebook, or links that your friends on Twitter have shared.
That’s really about it. Every time you click Shuffle, you’re taken to a new webpage. FriendShuffle displays which friend shared the link and how long ago they shared it.
You also have the option to like a webpage as well, which automatically shares it on your Facebook wall and Twitter account.
While it’d be nice for the service to be more up-front about the fact that it tweets and updates your Facebook status on your behalf, the sharing feature makes perfect sense.
It’s a similar concept to the random discovery engine StumbleUpon. With StumbleUpon, you train the site to know your interests and when you hit the “stumble” button, it will show you random content that other StumbleUpon users have thumbed up. You can also connect with other users and share links directly.
StumbleUpon recently introduced Facebook integration so that when you review a site on StumbleUpon you can select to post the same message and link to Facebook.
It previously allowed the same functionality for Twitter. The Twitter integration is not currently operating but StumbleUpon help staff have told me that they are working on restoring it.
However, with StumbleUpon you have to friend people separately to either Facebook or Twitter. Also it only serves content that has been submitted specifically to StumbleUpon. While FriendShuffle deserves kudos – it’s a clever idea to provide a random discovery engine specifically for the Facebook ‘like’ button, which is now ubiquitous.
FriendShuffle doesn’t beat StumbleUpon, but that doesn’t seem to be the point. instead, it’s more like Flipboard, which aggregates the links your friends are sharing into one simple interface.
FriendShuffle’s simplicity makes it enjoyable to use, but we’re interested to see what the service does next to make it easier to discover the content shared by your social circles. [FriendShuffle via Mashable and ReadWriteWeb]