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    • I think I'm spoiled from my experience with G+, but I'm much more interested in following people than topics. In G+ I was able to find great folks who both produced and curated content based on their interests that I knew I wanted would always want to see/read. Following topics is also great to find new people that you can cultivate a relationship with and/or just learn about them, perhaps to the point of following them as well. Basically, building a network of people and relationships rather then just interests.

    • Yes, but that isn't the same as having a new tab on my home page in addition to "For you", "Featured", and "All". I am suggesting adding "Following" that would show what you're pointing out I can already see if I click to their profile. I would want to build a network that shows me what I want without having to click through each person's profile to see if they've posted anything. That would be both tedious and limiting wrt how many people I can reasonably follow.

    • While I, on the other hand, would like to segment my Cake presence in ways similar to collections, communities, and circles on G+ which is not really achievable on Cake at this time.

    • I think what we're each asking for are more tweaks then major changes. Collections, Communities, and Circles have analogies with Users, Topics and Panels with some syntactic sugar to make it easy to do. Same for my request, just make a time ordered list of conversations started by folks I indicate I want to follow. Of course, the reality may be much harder then I'm making it out to be. Such as it often goes with software. ;)

    • On the fundamental level Cake isn't a Social Network, it is an Interest Network. On a social network when you follow someone you get exposed to everything from that person. Their thoughts of the day, what they had for lunch or their political views. However the reason you wanted to follow this person was because you like their photography. That shared interest and discovering conversations around it is our goal here at Cake.

      We think that what people really want isn't to "follow" a person like they do everywhere else, but to see that person's content above the noise in topics you are both interested in. For example: show me interesting conversations on topics I follow from people I like first. That is a complicated problem to solve at scale, but we are slowly trying to get there.

    • I understand. I'm just expressing that there is "content" and then there is "curation".

    • Markos Giannopoulos

      I was a bit sceptical at first but I think we need to take a break from the construct of following people. What would be the point of this site if it just copied all the existing social networks?

    • Like most people here, I’m relatively new to Cake coming from Google plus where I had all the functionality as described by others above, while it’s easy to say I want what I had, it’s worth trying what Cake has to offer and seeing if it works for what you want to get, maybe it will give us more in a different way than we were expecting if we just had what we already had. By having something new it will force us to think differently to how we have in the past, thou uncomfortable at first it may actually lead us somewhere unexpected. It’s worth giving it a go and experimenting / playing for a while before we start asking for what we had elsewhere, if after a month or so of no joy and the helpful support we are getting here can not offer an alternative, then it’s probably time to suggest changes, but I feel we should first give what’s here as is a serious go, which means uploading content into the system and seeing how it all interacts. If we make cake into what google plus was it may end up where google plus is going. If others have been here for longer than a couple of weeks then their points may need consideration, but I believe it will take a few weeks of playing with panels, topics and conversations, to see just how powerful a Cake we have now. Tinkering from the original framework may not lead to a happy place. In the mean time let’s play and have fun.

    • I might want to follow a person that shares with me a particularly niche interest -- could be some subset of a broader topic. Being able to do that would better enable me to follow a topic/persue an interest.

    • We are slowly getting there and, as I've posted earlier in this conversation, this is exactly the problem we are trying to solve at scale:

      We think that what people really want isn't to "follow" a person like they do everywhere else, but to see that person's content above the noise in topics you are both interested in. For example: show me interesting conversations on topics I follow from people I like first. That is a complicated problem to solve at scale, but we are slowly trying to get there.

      Welcome to Cake, cacarr!

    • Thanks for the welcome. This reminds me quite a bit of the early days of G+ (which is, for me, a good thing ... though I can imagine that making y'all nervous ;-). Still waiting for someone to reinvent FriendFeed, I must say -- will have to keep waiting.

      Another thing about following interests: on Twitter, for example, I've made some lists of people who post about very specific topics, so that I can populate my feed entirely with a narrow interest. Did the same with Circles on G+ ("Circle Streams"). My home feed on Cake shows me posts tagged with all the topics I've indicated and interest in, right? You can't select a single topic. What I would really like is a list of all my interests, so that I can deselect some and narrow down what's in my feed -- or select only a single topic (which you can essentially do with lists and Circles on Twitter and G+). Such a feature seems necessary to me for an interest-based network.

    • What if every user was essentially a topic? If someone found another user that creates posts that are always interesting to them regardless of the topic, their username/profile could be added as a topic they follow. It doesn't seem like it would be a massive change in the code base (though I could be wrong) and it also leaves Cake essentially the same while adding the ability to follow specific people if anyone wants to. You wouldn't even need to add any new tabs or anything. Just append "user-topics" or whatever to the end of the Following Topics page.

      While I understand the main objective (and I do like it) of making interests the focal point, sometimes people make posts outside of our normal interests that we might like to learn more about but wouldn't be motivated to without some sort of forced exposure, so to speak. If you aren't already following those topics you miss them and you might end up in kind of an echo chamber unless you go out of your way to seek out new topics.

    • Hmmm...a couple of things. You can already be exposed to new areas if you play around with the tab settings on landing page. You can also see what some members have posted by looking at their profiles, if they have made their history public.

      That said, I think that being topic oriented is a good thing. Regardless of the technical work it might require, it's a design choice. I think it should be given a chance. Providing members a way around it could ultimately undermine the whole concept. Cake should resist becoming anything other than Cake.

    • Cake should resist becoming anything other than Cake.

      If Cake is anything but Cake, I don't need Cake anymore – I already have personality-first social media platforms. Dozens of them. Competing in that field would be like setting up a Mexican restaurant in Mexico City.

      If anything, what Cake needs is a little more transparency about how it decides what things are "for you" and some more people writing about things that aren't you, that you might discover. Couple that with some means of a discovery mechanism for someone who prefers to explore rather than to search/probe (graphical display of what subjects or parts of the taxonomy are hot? A literal taxonomic heat map?), and I think things get a lot more interesting.

    • Can we make the problem even more complicated by asking to feature both interesting posts AND comments from people I want to follow? Maybe limit me to following 15 great conversationalists I’ve discovered, such as @MarkG and @Julianne.

      Like a spoiled child let loose in a candy store, I want to engage with familiar voices AND interesting topics I have a passion for.

    • Don't get me wrong - I like Cake. And if they decide to never implement a way to keep up on specific people it's not a big deal. I came over from Google+ where about 99% of my activity was topic oriented. I'll also say that I hadn't yet noticed the All setting on the main page, so the filter bubble issue isn't really so much of a concern.

    • Don't get me wrong - I like Cake. And if they decide to never implement a way to keep up on specific people it's not a big deal.

      I agree completely with this. The ability to follow people here would be nice but not a deal breaker to my involvement here.

      apm

      My latest Cake post:

    You've been invited!