The big change is Friendfeed now operates completely in “real-time,” so as friends on the network post things, or comment on your items, the page auto-refreshes with the latest changes.
There’s also a host of minor UI improvements that were warmly received. For example, comments on an item are no longer “orphaned” on the site, and there’s a better overall design. (Read a comprehensive review of changes.)
But so far we don’t see anything which will break Friendfeed out of its rut as a niche social network.
Fans of Friendfeed really love Friendfeed (even going so far as to buy a dedicated monitor just for tracking Friendfeed updates), and it’s great for the service that hardcore users seem to like the redesign. But for the rest of us, there’s still nothing new there to encourage us to revisit our little-checked Friendfeed accounts. And for Friendfeed to grow, that’s what we wanted to see.