Follow from afar.

  • Extension for Firefox: Download

    (v1.1.10, released 29 May 2021)

  • Extension for Chrome: Download

    (v1.1.10, released 29 May 2021)

  • Linux: Download

    Or for Debian/Ubuntu: fraidycat_1.1.7_amd64.deb

    (v1.1.7, released 24 Sep 2020, no online sync)

  • Mac OS X: Download

    (v1.1.7, released 24 Sep 2020, no online sync)

  • Windows: Download

    (v1.1.7, released 24 Sep 2020, no online sync)

  • Source code at Github

Fraidycat is a desktop app or browser extension for Firefox or Chrome. 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.