SNUM

Social Network User Mapper

What is it?
Social Network User Mapper (SNUM) is a Firefox add-on that will tell you what social networks a user belongs to while browsing the web.
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How does it work?
Here is an example: You are viewing someone’s twitter page. With the extension installed, it will automatically tell you what other social networks a user belongs to in the status bar of the browser:

Snum demo 1

You then right click to get a list of the networks, and left click to navigate to the site:

Right click to navigate to the social network

You can also right click the icon and get additional info:

Snum demo 3

The add-on utilizes dandyId to perform the reverse lookup. If the user has not set up a dandyId account, the Google Social Graph api is then used. The results of the Google api can vary, so it is better to define your own identity by creating a dandyId.

Where do I get it?:
You can Download right here.

How does it really work?
It recognizes a social network site and strips out the username in the url. It then utilizes the dandyId api to lookup the user’s other social networks. If the user does not have a dandyId, the Google Social Graph api is used.

17 Responses to “SNUM”

  1. Sara Says:

    This is great, Jim! It’s been submitted to our API contest. Great use of reverse lookup!

  2. Guy Rintoul Says:

    Love the concept :) Obviously, DandyID needs to get more traction for it to be truly useful (i.e. get to a stage where the majority of those on multiple sites have a DandyID profile) but it looks good.

    • jim.richmond Says:

      Thanks for checking it out! I agree DandyId does need some more acceptance, but it sure does make tools like SNUM easier. I was thinking about looking into Google’s social api to fill in the gaps…

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  4. Anooj Says:

    Good Idea, I think I have seen a graphical version of this idea too somewhere … but this is simple and smart …

  5. Flor Plott Says:

    I was trying to get the feed for the RSS for this site but it is not displaying in Google Chrome. Any ideas?

  6. mutuelle Says:

    i will surely try this add-on. thanks for the link

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    I always am very interested in his work, thanks.

  8. toblakai Says:

    Hey, will there be an update for SNUM for Firefox 4.0?

    Also, would you consider making the extension available for Chrome/Opera (they both have similar extensions API)?

    • jim.richmond Says:

      I was actually planning on shelving SNUM soon. DandyId (one of the api’s SNUM uses) seems to be declining in popularity and Google Social Map (the other api) isn’t too accurate. It was nice project but I don’t have the time to justify another version.

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