So many "friends," so many "streams"…

October 16, 2007 at 7:50 am 2 comments

So many colliding streams, I’m nearly ready for social channel surfing.

channel_surfing

I blogged earlier about the one feature I really wish Facebook would address.  I’ve friended about 500 people in Facebook.  As I described in the earlier post, I’d like the ability to create, manage and publish to a variety of “friend populations” that I control.  Not all friends are the same, nor do I want to share the same media and or content with all my friends – and frankly, many of them likely could care less about much of what I share.  The current model sets up a lowest common denominator experience or shotgun approach when what I really want is to create and follow social channels.

So, not only would I like to be able to create and manage discreet channels of friends, I’d like to be able to toggle through and or subscribe differently to these different groups.  For example, maybe I have one group I want mobile updates for what they are doing, but others I only want to view on-demand.  Ok, this adds complexity and the use case may be at the margins today for how people are using FB, but it doesn’t seem that big a stretch for where this stuff needs to go.

Would love to know how others are handling this.  Heck, maybe there’s a slick way to do this in FB today and I just don’t know it!  Fill me in, quick!

Sean

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  • 1. Ken Puls  |  October 17, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Hi Sean,

    Funny thing, actually. I was thinking along similar lines yesterday.

    I don’t spend a ton of time on Facebook, but near as I’ve been able to make out, you pretty much get the option of a limited vs full profile that you can share out. I can control which of the hoard of extra applications ALL of my friends can see, and I can set up limited profiles,

    The problem that I have is that I cannot set the application viewing based on limited profiles. (I can turn off my wall, but not the extra ones that we keep installing.) Seems like a real miss there, as I may not want to share some of those apps with certain groups of friends.

    It’s definitely a versatile and popular platform, but there’s still room for some improvement, IMO.

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  • 2. erin  |  October 17, 2007 at 9:48 am

    try inner circle. I haven’t had time to figure it out yet but it is supposed to help manage the various circles of friends.

    meanwhile, i’ve been reluctant to add people to my facebook that I don’t really, really know. (I’ll add anyone to linked in.)

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