The man who made Gmail says real-time conversation is what’s next

Paul Buchheit built the first version of Gmail in one day. Then he built the first prototype of Google’s contextual advertising service Adsense, in one day as well. Now he’s working on a much-watched startup called FriendFeed that he believes just brought to market the next big form of communication online: flowing, multi-person, real-time conversations.

“The open, realtime discussions that occur on FriendFeed,” he says, “are going to become a major new communication medium on the same level as email, IM and blogging.” That’s a pretty ambitious claim, but Buchheit has the credibility to make it.

Twitter and FfriendFeed are the real time web, Facebook is close. Email and Google Search are not. That’s the difference.

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