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Video of app in action



I created this app because I wanted to see what my friends and co-workers were doing on StackOverflow. I was previously going to their profiles to see what they were asking, answering, and commenting on because most of the time I found what they were doing was interesting or relevant to what I was doing.

This app is for anyone who visits StackOverflow using their desktop browser and has 'friends' they would like to follow on StackOverflow.




Google Chrome extension http://goo.gl/ooE34

Mozilla Firefox extension http://goo.gl/3Pnqa

Bookmarklet http://goo.gl/FkuQW


Desktop browsers via Google Chrome extension, Mozilla Firefox extension, and bookmarklet




App was built on the Kynetx platform using KRL (Kynetx Rule Language)

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    Cool! I'm psyched to try this out. :)
    – Alex
    Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 19:40
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    +1 for the first KRL app around - quite interesting :) Are you going to publish the source and/or is Kynetx considering to provide an 'official' Stack Exchange KRL library, i.e. in the spirit of the integrations for Amazon, GData, OData et al.? Commented Dec 23, 2010 at 16:29
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    Thanks @Steffen. I do plan on publishing the source once I clean it up a bit more. As for the integration, because KRL now has the beginnings of modules (goo.gl/y3SDS), I am currently converting the app over to use a StackExchange module a buddy of mine has built. : ) Thanks for adding the krl tag.
    – Mike Grace
    Commented Dec 23, 2010 at 22:09
  • @Steffen Opel - does this work. how do you add people in your list. I only see options when brings up a screen that says domains which only had stackoverflow.com
    – leora
    Commented Dec 26, 2010 at 23:11
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    @ooo - the extensions don't work for me currently either, neither in Firefox nor in Chrome: both are showing an endless loop of self closing popups with the message FriendOverflow - Thanks for being logged in; disabling and enabling the extension in Chrome disabled it entirely now, so we'll need @Mike to jump in here with information/analysis. Commented Dec 28, 2010 at 12:22
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    @ooo & @Steffen, I'm sorry to hear that the app isn't working for you. I tested it again this morning and created a screencast of how it works. Do you have cookies enabled and are you logged in to StackOverflow?
    – Mike Grace
    Commented Dec 28, 2010 at 17:28
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    @Mike - thanks for adding the screencast, quite helpful in understanding the intention! For my part the problem has indeed been a mixture of 3rd party cookie and script blocking (you seem to require dropbox.com?!), enabling both resolved the issue; blocking 3rd party cookies triggers the mentioned endless loop, blocking dropbox removed the UI buttons (and in turn any clue regarding the intended functionality, see comment by @ooo), so obviously both would benefit from a more graceful error handling depending on how much this is intended to be a Kynetx showcase app as well ;) Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 21:36
  • Thanks @Steffen. The Dropbox stuff is my resource files since it makes quick development easy as I am still developing it and will move the resource files to a better location soon. Thanks for the feedback and I will look into seeing how to more gracefully handle these issues.
    – Mike Grace
    Commented Jan 4, 2011 at 22:35
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    you should consider pulling in the new network-wide profiles as well: blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/04/stack-exchange-network-profiles Commented Jun 10, 2011 at 6:23
  • I love that idea! The app needs a major refresh also. Thanks for the suggestion!
    – Mike Grace
    Commented Jun 10, 2011 at 17:44
  • @MikeGrace, just wondering what's going on with this addon? I tried it with FF 10.0.1 and it isn't supported. Is the source for this plugin anywhere that others could check it out?
    – slm
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 14:56
  • @slm, I haven't tested it yet but you may be able to get it to work from apps.kynetx.com/installable_apps/1009-FriendOverflow I built the app on top of the Kynetx platform. I still like the idea of what I did but it needs to be overhauled and updated severely.
    – Mike Grace
    Commented Feb 21, 2012 at 20:46
  • @MikeGrace, OK I'm getting a little bit further. I was able to install the Kynetx Firefox plugin, and then install the FriendOverflow plugin on top of it. I'm getting the FriendOverflow on the main page, when I click it I get the box that says I have no friends 8-( with a link to you, I click that but the user details page is missing the FriendOverflow button. Any hints on how to debug would be appreciated. I like the idea of this plugin and would be willing to spend time trying to get it working with a little help/guidance.
    – slm
    Commented Feb 21, 2012 at 22:33
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    @slm, good to hear that you made it through the install process. The "follow" button probably isn't showing up on user's profiles because the markup of the page has probably changed. The app will need to be updated to work with the new markup or changed to not rely on page markup.
    – Mike Grace
    Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 21:17
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    @MikeGrace You might wanna try out StackEye. StackEye allows you to follow your favorite users and you get their notifications in extension popup. Just checkout the screenshots here Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 3:44


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