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A “Friends List” on StackOverflow would be nice

I'd like to have feature like Twitter (I think; I don't use it) to follow a person and be updated on new posts by that person.

I do know that I can just click on that person's profile once every week or day, but I think an automated inbox-like feature would be better (it's like "subscribe" on youtube -- people could live without it, but it makes usage of the site more pleasant).

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possible duplicate of A "Friends List" on StackOverflow would be nice — one option that is mentioned is RSS feeds for users, which are available at the bottom of every profile. –  waiwai933 Jan 17 '11 at 7:14
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I don't talk about making friend, I don't care at all about that person, but I would like to benefit from his knowledge. –  IAdapter Jan 17 '11 at 7:18
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@01 Then the RSS feed, a reader and a lot of patience is what you need. –  abel Jan 17 '11 at 7:59
    
@abel I can follow a person per RSS? Can you say how? –  IAdapter Jan 17 '11 at 9:23
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Goto the user profile page and look for the user feed link, it's near the bottom, for eg my feed is meta.stackoverflow.com/feeds/user/150173 , add this to your google reader(or any other) subscriptions, then you will see updates the user makes in your reader. –  abel Jan 17 '11 at 9:36
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Plus you should change your name to something which has 3 characters, if you want to be notified of comments addressed to you. –  abel Jan 17 '11 at 9:38

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The SE sites are not social network sites. They are content oriented, not user oriented. So following a person won't be that useful.

You can follow a question (by making it a favorite).

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so why we have chat? I do know you can somehow explain it, but that doesn't make it right :P –  IAdapter Jan 17 '11 at 7:19
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I really dislike the attitude that because something is an A, it can't also be a B. And are you really telling me what I will or will not find useful? -1. –  j_random_hacker Jan 30 '11 at 11:29
    
I disagree that it wouldn't be that useful. I list several specifically useful benefits of such a feature (that aren't provided by RSS feeds) here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/886/… –  mahalie May 25 '11 at 18:57
    
if you follow a question, you'll get notifications? –  Florin Ghita Apr 6 '12 at 14:01
    
I get no notifications for followed questions. I honestly don't even know why I bother; sure they're on a list on my page that I can access in like 5 clicks, but it's not like I'm going to follow all of them by visiting them every hour. I have tons! –  Qix Dec 1 '12 at 11:34

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