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    • Hi Jason, thank you. I was just trying to avoid losing the top or bottom of the image. I'll have a look at yours. I've yet to make it to my desktop to try the aspect ratio mentioned above. 😁

    • Is there any chance that something similar to G+ Communities is in the works? Because that would really help a lot of G+ gamers want to start using Cake. Communities, Circles, and Collections are the things that we are missing the most in one fashion or another on the different sites I've seen.

    • Hi and welcome to Cake, rivetgeek!

      Cake is a very small community and by simply following a "gaming" topic you'll be able to have great conversations with other G+ gamers if they join Cake and follow the same topic. We have quite a few G+ photographers like @Julianne and others who had similar concerns when they first joined, but now seem to be comfortable following "Google+" and "photography" topics. Is that right @Julianne?

      I'd love to know more about what you liked about Google+ communities, what worked, what didn't. This would help our small team decide on if and how this could work on Cake. Would love to hear from you more!

    • Communities simply help people stay on topic, and provide a way for moderating members if need be.

      Circles allow posters to choose who they want to share posts with. Admittedly, this is a feature I haven't used much since G+ allowed asynchronous following (i.e., you can follow me and I don't have to follow you back) and Collections.

      Collections by far for individual posters is the most useful, because it allows others to choose what they want to follow from you. If you like someone's photographs but don't want to know about their baking, you follow their Photographs but not their Baking collection.

      These things are honestly what a lot of people have found lacking in other platforms. MeWe has held an AMA or two and most of these features are in their pipeline in one form or another. The concern is currently there is no public posting. Their UI is slick, but it's just not grabbing me, likely because of the siloing from not having public posts. Pluspora (and Diaspora et al) lack things like being able to edit posts and comments.

      There's an articleI can't find the link to right now that really nailed why Google+ was so good for the users who were really dedicated to it... And the communities/collections/circles were part of it.

    • You are correct, but it's the ways of bundling topics that make G+ so useful for a lot of people that are dedicated users. Effectively collections are topics, originating from one user.

    • Found it!

      This is the most salient part to me:

      "Imagine a social network where geeks have higher follower counts than celebrities. Where there’s no advertising. Where trolls get crushed and ordinary people have a voice. Where smart people gather for long, detailed and interesting conversations. Where most streams aren’t algorithmically filtered. Where photographs appear at full quality. Where social networking engagement leads to actual, real-life friendships."

    • We do support link expansion (unfurling URLs). To do so, paste a link and then press Enter. On some browsers and Android devices it may not work though. Crossing my fingers that'll work for you, but if it doesn't, please let me know what browser and OS you are using 😉.

    • Different uses for different folks. I'm coming from the tabletop gaming side of G+, I am not the only one (far from it) wanting something similar to collections and communities. *We like these features*. The platform with these along with robust tools for reporting and blocking, is going to likely see more users. This is especially true among vulnerable populations, who need to be able to curate what they see as well as who they share to.

      MeWe attracted a large number of G+ gamers because it had communities and the ability to control who you share with and what you see from others sharing. But the lack of nonpublic posting is a put off for some, and the lack of diversity so far in the gaming community is a put off for others.

    • I'd love to know more about what you liked about Google+ communities, what worked, what didn't.

      I'll admit, I did love the private aspect of Communities on G+. I have several (golly, many!) learning groups on G+. I've been at the helm of the "G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers" for years now getting folks involved in free photography mentorships and run the "Mentorship for Mentors" to teach folks how to mentor. Those kinds of things are better when the public isn't looking over the shoulders of those trying to learn ... as well as mentors who are volunteering their time, giving it a go to pass on their knowledge––it's nervous-making enough as it is when it's a mentors first time with a group of 20-30 people ... ;oD. Plus, I'm one of the photography Masters at Trey's Arcanum and we've been running our communities there ... also private. So, yes, I do love the wonderful things here on Cake, but ultimately hope for a place with Communities/Groups that can be private too. And display big, beautiful images, of course ... ;oD.

      I can't think of what didn't work with the Communities there. I've had grumbles/annoyances, of course (missing posts and the like), but for the most part, they work well.

    • I have, @Heidi ... I tested it out … too much bad there (they strip metadata completely and people can download your photos whether or not you have “download” turned off) … I already have sites that do that. I really don’t like it there. It is so much like Facebook (but less blue at least … ;oD). Here at Cake, it feels a little like the early days at G+, conversation-wise. I only wish for a more robust image experience here. Though, I know it isn't intended for photographers here, so I am still looking for a perfect home. I do wish I could follow people here. While I understand why the "topics" over "people" follow option (less focus on "follower count", popularity, etc.) I prefer to follow people so I can learn more about them through the topics they're interested in ... it is a much fuller adventure when one can connect with individuals and all their myriad interests. You can do that on MeWe, but the interface there leaves me feeling a little "meh".

    • I prefer to follow people so I can learn more about them through the topics they're interested in ... it is a much fuller adventure when one can connect with individuals and all their myriad interests.

      Robin, I’m still adjusting to the new paradigm but I came up with a hybrid solution that may be useful for staying connected with Google Plus refugees here.

    • That was the workaround that I came up with as well, @apm ... I have a little folder on my desktop that I added folks to when I started here. Not an elegant solution, but whatevs ... ;o7

    • not yet!

      In this thread - - there is a comment from @Chris about why the iOS app was developed first.

      I added a shortcut to Cake on my Android phone and I find it works quite well. I didn't know that was possible until someone here pointed it out. With the site open in Chrome on your phone, click the 3 dots in the upper right, then "Add to Home Screen".

      I plan to try the Android app when it is available but for now the shortcut is very usable.