Announcing the Friend Surfer

When you visit your WordPress.com Dashboard you’ll see a new link on the menu called “Friend Surfer”. This handy little tool is where you can keep track of what your friends, acquintances and enemies are saying from the comfort of one single page.

There’s a small textbox on the left hand side of the page where you can add new contacts. If you’re not familiar with anyone here on the site, try any or all of the following for a good read: scobleizer, donal, lorelle. It’s important to realise that you’re adding usernames, not blog addresses. “donncha” will work, but “donncha.wordpress.com” won’t!

Since it’s impossible to subscribe to private blogs through a regular RSS aggregator you can view the private blogs you’re a member of on this page too. They’re listed separately from your contacts for ease of use.

Shortcuts

There are a few shortcuts you might like to know about.

  1. Click on the number next a username and the page will only display posts from that user. Click the number again and the page returns to the full posts display.
  2. You can use the ‘j’ and ‘k’ keys to skip forwards and backwards through the posts on your friend surfer. Press ‘i’ to jump right up to the top again.

Give the Friend Surfer a spin and remember to leave some feedback if you have a great idea to make it better!


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  1. hools

    Nifty, folks! I’m diggin’ the keyboard shortcuts especially.

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  2. lukesequeira

    cool!!

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  3. flirtydancing

    Great feature! WordPress is really developing into something even bigger and better real fast these days. Woho! My needs are pleased.

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  4. Kevin Guertin

    Neat! Now I just have to get friends! :P

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  5. adam

    excellent, i’ve wanted this for a long time.

    question, though. how do you find out a person’s name if it’s not the *.wordpress.com name? for instance, i keep getting ‘friend not found’ when i try to add ‘thealternakids‘.
    is there only one name for all the blogs a person has?

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  6. journeytomom

    This looks great. I just added several of my favorite WordPress bloggers and voila, I could see all their latest posts from the past 12 hours – all in one place.
    Thanks for all you do!

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  7. Ujwala

    really neat feature. thank you. I’ve tried it out with two names and it’s working just fine.

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  8. engtech

    I haven’t tried it out yet… but when we’re looking at other wordpress.com blogs would it be possible to have “Blog Info >> Add to Friends List” from the top menu bar? (like Add to Blogroll)

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  9. silveira

    Interesting…

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  10. icedmocha

    This is a great idea and will make it easier to keep up with WordPress friends. Thanks!

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  11. GS Defender

    I’ve just seen this pretty new feature.

    Really cool, thank you :-)

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  13. donal

    Thanks for the plug. I’ve managed to add your blog but it won’t let me add laubschr (http://laubschr.wordpress.com/) an excellent photo blog. It says user not found.

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  14. kudou

    ahh, this is really handy. :D
    life made easier. ^^

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  15. Pradeep

    Wow a community and networking option..pretty cool… What next…:)

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  16. MadMark

    Great Feature again!!!

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  17. axewielderx

    Was this needed? If people do not know how to bookmark or add to their blogroll,how useful is this really?

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  18. scientaestubique

    I would be great if you could integrate some kind of search with this, I love it, but it’s not intuitive.

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  19. Χρήστος Μόρφος

    Great feature. Cool, easy, useful, excellent.

    It doesn’t work with my username – I didn’t expect that since everything is in my dashboard, but I am writing it down so that other users are not going to spend their time uselessly.

    Thanks, again.

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  20. Rushi Vishavadia

    Ahah WordPress-spy finally!

    j/k will give it a whirl though

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  21. livingjourney

    Now that is a good add on!

    Thanks guys.

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  22. taraden

    Pretty neat. One question though…. if a user has more than just one blog… how would you add the other blog to your friend surfer? Or is that possible?

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  23. katsarov

    That is great :!: Thanks :)
    I love you ppl :D

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  24. Jano

    wow :D even new stuff on my birthday hehehe

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  25. biologyfool

    Might be useful if I read private blogs. Otherwise, why bother, feeds are so much more comprehensive (I know you’re trying to take over the blogging world, but there are quite a few people(!) who haven’t switched to WP.com).

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  26. Rami Nasser

    This a great new tool, thanks wordpress!

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  27. sockrebel

    does this mean that i can now monitor the moves of all my “friends”?

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  28. scrunchyy

    This is a good feature! thank you very much!

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  29. sulz

    c’est trés cool! now i don’t have to keep clicking on my links to read my friends’ blogs. it’s a different angle to the tag surfer which is excellent!

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  30. Yaser

    Interesting, Thanks!

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  31. Ben

    Thar’s a nice idea. A different way to check out what’s going on with the users you like. I like a lot.

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  32. bonnieq

    It would be so easy to add those in our blogroll IF you offered some sort of link to that blogroll. Otherwise, it means going back and forth, back and forth, to add everyone to the friend surfer. Hope you can devise something that would allow just a click and everyone in our blogrolls are added to our Friend Surfer. :)

    http://bonnieq.wordpress.com

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  33. Alun

    An ‘add to friend surfer’ link under blog info on the WP bar would be helpful. It saves having to guess that ajcann is the username for microbiologybytes.wordpress.com and similar.

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  34. ashan

    Ace! Love this feature. ^^

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  35. Rakesh

    So thats why the wordpress team was silent throughout this month.
    Great work Donncha.

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  36. aku

    I’ll give it a try.

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  37. blaze

    So it’s just like the tag surfer except with your friends blogs etc? I love this idea guys. Doesn’t appear to be working for me yet though I’m sure you’re still ironing out some bugs etc.

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  38. gondolier

    !!
    great function.
    it’s help to connect the wp citizen.
    thanks.

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  39. Ice9

    Nice!

    This keeps me from having to surf an ungodly amount of pages just to see who’s written what. Nice job, again

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  40. aspotofblogger

    Neato! Thanks for the great little tool. WordPress does it again!

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  41. Michael Sync

    Nice one.. I love it.

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  42. oraclewalkin

    This seems another exciting feature!!

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  43. The Eternal Wanderer

    Wow!! This is a fantastic tool! I like…no I LOVE it.

    A request though… is it possible to shift the “Incoming Links” list to the Blogroll tab, since Blogroll deals with links?

    Anyways, thanks for all the hard work, WordPress! Keep it up!

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  44. Chittaranjan

    Hmm..though it sounds complex at first, it sure is a nifty feature. Previously I used to visit the blogs via moi Blogroll or open them in new tabs to check them out! But Now I can see the new posts my ‘regular-reads’ have made all in one page.

    You Rock!

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  45. Sathya

    Wow Great !! I Was just thinking the other day as how to keep track of good content on wordpress without adding it to BlogRoll.
    Great idea (and Tx for the quicky shortcut keys !!!)

    Note : just a little query , what is the easiest way to add a blog that has its own Domain name, for eg I was trying to add this blog but webworkerdaily returned – user not found. Am I missing something !

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  46. worddrow

    Will immediately check this out!
    First post! LOL!

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  47. Zeezat

    Wow! A great surfing experince!

    You guys at Wp rock!

    Thanks thanks..

    Best Smile,
    Zeezat

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  48. Luthfi

    greet, does it just work for blog at wordpress.com?

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  49. Wengistein

    Enemies? *Gulp* This should be interesting.

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  50. Helena

    This new feature is FANTASTIC! It solves all of my problems as the Tag Surfer feature does not work for any of my blogs :-( . This new feature will enable me to stay informed about what is going on in the other blogs I like… Thank you!

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  51. Daijinryuu

    Some people may feel a little paranoid with this feature. I would rather not have people be able to see what I leave on other pages, personally.

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  52. Eowyn

    Niceeee:)

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  53. scientaestubique

    I also wish I could delete, I just added the wrong Robert Scoble.

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  54. astasia

    Thanks! Nice idea!!!I must try it….it’s a lot that we didn’t read wordpress news!!
    Astasia

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  55. theonlineblog

    Thanks for the service. I love the dashboard.

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  56. blayde

    Cool feature, can keep track of all my enem… ahem friends posts

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  57. kjenzz

    yay! this is great!! ;) cant wait to try it out.
    it would be cool if we could also see who added us as friends.

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  58. badpixel

    I have to find one~ now

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  60. yeolchae

    Well done. A nice addition

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  61. gpessia

    :) e vai

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  62. grinder

    Cool feature… WP rocks!!!! \m/

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  63. Livio

    Unuseful. You better add favion changing feature.
    I know, that you’re still developing it, but release it :D !

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  64. بهمن

    Really nice idea ;)

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  65. ceeque

    What an interesting idea and a gud `un too!! :-)

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  66. noisedoctor

    to quote one of my favorite plays, {proof}:”In order to have one’s friends take you out, you must first have friends.” or something like that. I guess I need to come up with some friends to fill up my Friend Surfer, huh? :D

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  67. Sha

    Brilliant! Lets me keep track of everyone’s page from the comfort of one page.

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  68. maique

    i’m so glad i gave up my hosting plan and decided to move here.
    things get better all the time, thanks.

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  69. Brian Alexander

    awesome since rss doesn’t work for me all the time.

    -BRian

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  70. Kichigai-san

    Thanks, guys, that feature is very useful for me! =)

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  71. Dennis Pater

    to cool
    thanks a lot ;)

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  72. curlykarl

    The ‘j’ and ‘k’ surfing is kinda cool :)

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  73. annoxero

    great, this one looks nifty indeed.

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  74. enrike45

    Excelent!

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  75. mermaid632

    its nice to see constant improvements. im glad i found you wordpress.

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  76. chaidir

    great feature!
    thanks bro!!

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  77. bhooi

    Nice improvement, excellent work…

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  78. fafe

    This really sounds good :)

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  79. nightstorm41

    Sounds good to me. Will check it out.

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  80. Evey

    I’m new and still developing my page, I can check that sooner i’m sure.Good Job WordPress

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