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Myles Orme

Myles Orme

June 27 2011

Using Lists with LFM to limit exposure

Most people I know on facebook have lists of friends and they publish status updates to these different lists, and announce their presence online selectively.

You don't want your Mum knowing everything you are doing.

Any equivalent?

Edit: I've changed the title - having attempted to re-phrase and get to the heart of what I am thinking about - and now I've deleted the post that intended to extend the discussion because I still am not clear enough! #anahita #social #development

Are you sure about that?

I think the lists are mainly used to filter the news feed rather than assigning a list as a privacy setting to a status updated.

ps: there are other social networks for doing things that Moms aren't supposed to see :)
Really like the way Google+ is doing with their circles > https://plus.google.com/up/start/?sw=1&type=st

Very nice
Seems like Google is also doing privacy based on social graph. I am interested to see how it will turn out.
Andy Nash
Andy Nash
June 29 2011 Permalink
Yep - me too. I was looking into the rumours yesterday, and there was nothing out there (still nothing on search actually).

I suspect technically Google+ will be pretty good, but the marketing is very cheesy! I think it will have some success. And yes, that is damning it with faint praise - it won't be the Facebook killer I'm sure they it will be.

Circles in particular does look interesting though from the point of view of what Anahita could borrow and build upon...
Anyone managed to get on Google+ yet? I set up my account last night - looks interesting so far. I'm looking forward to seeing how/if they apply the social network concepts that you guys talk about here.
Andy Nash
Andy Nash
June 30 2011 Permalink
I've tried, but could only get as far submitting a few email addresses, so I'm sitting back and waiting now :-)

Actually I also really want to be able to try out their plus one buttons too, but both my work and home email addresses are Google Apps accounts, and as they don't yet support Google Profiles... Frustrating, but you can see in the new look and feel that they have been pretty busy recently! I think there will be quite a lot of change in the next months...
Jennifer Tibbo
Jennifer Tibbo
July 01 2011 Permalink
Actually I use the lists to filter my status updates. For example, I have students and coworkers on my fb page and sometimes I don't feel like announcing things in my personal life to them. Or if my status is directed at people in my city, I filter out the friends from back home so they don't get confused. Or if I want to profess my love of John Stewart, I filter out my guy ;)
Andy Nash
Andy Nash
July 01 2011 Permalink
I suspect in the early days of an Anahita social network, especially one which is really a list itself by being in some way niche, actually using lists won't be vital but it could become so later as the network expands.

One thing is for sure though - its a p.i.t.a. to add people to lists later on, but quite easy to do at the time you follow them. So I reckon it might be useful to think about being able to at least create your list (tag :-) people as you add them to your graph, sooner rather than later, regardless of exactly how those tags/categories might be used later on...

I think you'd then be able to gauge from user requests ("can I do this with my lists?") what the priority uses will need to be.

I personally use lists sometimes to send group messages (e.g. bbq invitation for local people), or I have selected people in my 'cycling' list to invite those I know to be cyclists to the company's Facebook page for example.

I think that I have lots of friends who are not in lists they should be in because the feature didn't exist when I added them, and I'll probably never get round to doing it, so it would be good to avoid that situation if possible :-)
Myles Orme
Myles Orme
July 02 2011 Permalink
I'm already thinking lists are vital much for the reasons Jennifer gives - though I don't think I've ever been in danger of professing love for John Stewart

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