New Feature: MacRumors Forum Spy


macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
8,950 is pleased to announce a new feature for our active Mac forums.

The Forum Spy ( provides visitors with real-time updates of all new forum activity. This means you get instant updates when users post new messages on the forums.

The Forum Spy is open to everyone but registered forum users have additional options including:

• Excluding specific forums
• Hilight those on your Buddies list
• Ignore those on your Ignore list
• Hilight Subscribed threads

Forum Spy is based on the same technology behind MacRumorsLive and requires a modern browser with Javascript enabled (this includes recent versions of Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox).

So if you haven't been an active member of the forums, now's your chance to follow along and participate in the discussions.


macrumors god
Staff member
Apr 9, 2001
Tips for the Forum Spy

- Click on "Preferences" to exclude specific forums
- Links open in a New Window by default (Preferences has an option to change this)
- New Threads are in Bold
- Clicking the Thread title brings you to the appropriate post
- The icon (
) to the left of the Thread title brings you to the start of the thread
- Use your Buddy and Ignore lists
- A Check-Box Icon (
) appears to the right of threads you are subscribed to.
- Enabling Default Thread Subscription Mode will automatically subscribe you to threads you post to.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 4, 2006
Honolulu, HI
Useful...if you want to win the "first post" contest...pfft
I have a life to live.

[EDIT] Its actually growing on me now....damn thing, I'm finding I'm watching the updates instead of working! ;) [/EDIT]


Moderator emeritus
Mar 25, 2002
London, England
WildPalms said:
Useful...if you want to win the "first post" contest...pfft
I have a life to live.
Glass is half empty huh? :rolleyes: pfffft.


On a more positive note :) It is indeed a fantastic new feature, and has come a long way very quickly.

Jolly good job chaps! :D Tally ho!


macrumors god
Staff member
Apr 9, 2001
The contributors/demi's have been testing it for the past week, and despite some initial resistance/skepticism, people seem to love it.


Compile 'em all

macrumors 601
Apr 6, 2005
Cool feature to track activities on the forum. I would propose though to add a
play/pause button. Kudos for the job and have a nice day :).

Digg this


macrumors 6502
Oct 20, 2005
Sussex, England
This is great. I can simply open this page up and leave it on my dock all day while I work. Checking back to see what new news there is in the world of Apple!!


macrumors regular
Mar 11, 2005
Great Britain
Great feature this is amazing! Very useful to.

Something I think that needs to be done in my opinion is that the "skin" needs to be done, because a lot of it is the default vBulletin skin. (Sorry if it's off topic).

Great work overall ^_^


macrumors regular
Mar 8, 2006
Webclip material!

First thing I thought when I saw this was that this is going to be the first thing I put as a webclip on the dashboard with Leopard!

Love the feature guys.