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.