Fraidycat

Follow from afar.

  • Extension for Firefox: Download

    (v1.0.3, released 8 Nov 2019)

  • Extension for Chrome: Download

    (v1.0.3, released 8 Nov 2019)

Fraidycat doesn't access websites as you visit them. It asks for permission to access all websites because it is fetching websites in the background (without using your credentials).

Fraidycat doesn't communicate with a central server - unless your browser syncs Fraidycat's settings to a central server.

Too many apps, too many accounts to tap on to get to someone. Tap Twitter to read someone on Twitter; tap Instagram to read someone on Instagram. Give me a break. It all used to be one giant network! (Still is?)

How am I supposed to follow the hundreds of people I want to keep up with? I want to keep up with people, not apps - there aren't good tools for doing this...


Fraidycat is a browser extension for Firefox or Chrome. (Just those right now - it's brand-new, quite experimental.) I use it to follow people (hundreds) on whatever platform they choose - Twitter, a blog, YouTube, even on a public TiddlyWiki.

Hit Fraidycat's button and the main page comes up.

There is no news feed. Rather than showing you a massive inbox of new posts to sort through, you see a list of recently active individuals. No one can noisily take over this page, since every follow has a summary that takes up a mere two lines.


You can certainly expand this 'line' to see a list of recent titles (or excerpts) from the individual - or click the name of the follow to read the individual on their network.

And, if you are logged-in to your browser, Fraidycat will sync your follows between your different computers.


Tags and Importance

Follows are arranged by tag (text - I like to use emoji) and the tabbed bar on Fraidycat's main page lets you select a tag to view.

Follows also have an importance: real-time, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. These indicate how frequently Fraidycat should check that individual and moves follows off the main page if they aren't real-time, where you can view them periodically on your own.