@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.