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@celia Good article. I like the idea of neighborhoods and wish I were on a Hometown fork, but hadn’t thought of them in relationship to Plus’s Circles.

What I was hoping Circles were when the came out — and would still like — is sort of the opposite direction. When I follow someone I want to be able to say “I’m interested in your tech stuff but not the sports stuff” or whatever. So rather than the author picking *who*, they pick a tag/category and I pick which to follow.

@celia It solves a different subset of the problem out of the gate, but I think it’s a good starting point. You could imagine a system where I can set a given tag to be invite-only or local-only or whatnot.

The big downside is it’d require authors to tag things, or a big enough set of their posts to be useful. I think it’d be worth it, but it’s an extra barrier to creation, which is anathema to social networks.

@jens @celia Not in my experience. I did give up on Plus pretty early on, so maybe they added something later, but initially it was all the wrong direction.

@a Yes, that is exactly how I would like tags to work. I post mixed english and german content - personal, tech and political - and people who follow me might already be annoyed by this, so I am considering to create alts...

That downside can easily be mitigated by making it opt-in and client-side only, i.e. the interface you use could perform such filtering and if the author does not tag a post you could configure to always or never show it, whatever fits.

lamenting Google Plus's Collections (again) 

@a that is more like Google Plus's #Collections, which was introduced later (and imho too late) in its lifetime.
It's probably the feature I miss the most from #GooglePlus, and I've previously gone into more details about why I miss Google Plus's Collections

Being able to filter a profile based on a list of predefined hashtags on the author's profile was a step in the right direction, but it's still a far cry from what #GPlus Collections was.

There's still plenty of times I wish I could only follow someone's tech posts, while opting out of their shit posts.
(And no, filters are not a solution, because those don't work on a per-account basis, and rely too much on keywords.)

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@a @celia
Btw this is the same issue why content creators on other platforms have multiple YouTube channels and the like. I am suprised that there has not been a proper solution to this so far (YouTube could become a lot more handy by providing subchannels, but then again, I might as well leave it and help develop the feature within free software).

@janek @celia I helped build a video sharing site (vaguely YouTube-like) which allowed a user to create multiple “channels”. I agree it’s a good idea, but it also got very little use. I imagine most places decide it’s not worth the complexity.

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