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This is a good answer, but the feature you mention sounds to me like it is useful because it is a productivity feature (avoiding time creating accounts and switching tabs in a browser), not really used for socialization.

Like when telephone lines were introduced, they were a massive boost to productivity. Even if they could be used as a social feature within companies, it was not why they were useful there.

Not really. What you're talking about is OpenId/some sort of OAuth. The parent comment is talking about mixing the activity from a bunch of projects into one.

Of course gitlab projects do have RSS feeds, so you could use that I guess.

OpenID etc. do not avoid having to switch tabs into another site.

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