So confusing is the Higgs boson that in 1993, UK Science Minister William Waldegrave challenged physicists to produce an answer that would fit on one page to the question: What is the Higgs boson, and why do we want to find it? Similarly, we have had public competitions to explain string theory in two minutes or less.
Like me, you may have had difficulty explaining Twitter to a colleague or relative who asked you
Why are you wasting your time on this?It's not any easy question to answer, and like many people, I've struggled with it in the past.
How much more difficult then to explain FriendFeed. Unlike Willie Waldegrave, I'm not offering cases of champagne to the person who leaves the best description of FriendFeed in a comment below. But I still need to understand FriendFeed properly. I think we all do, as FriendFeed points the way to whatever Web2.0 is evolving into.
After I spent a long time writing this post, I think the prescient Loic Le Muir has answered the question: