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Friends Page musings

I've been using LJ since 2002. My usage profile has changed dramatically in the last several months. Historically, my friends page consisted of just meatspace friends. About a year and a half ago, I added my first friend who I've never met in RL (that's you, maggies_lens). Just in the past four months, I've started looking at communities... I know it seems dumb, but I never realized just how much interesting content is on LJ. So it seems that at least every other day or so, I find something interesting, a person or a community, that I'd like to look at on a regular basis.

Having added a number of communities, I've found that my friends page becomes unmanageable. At least once a day, I want to read what my friends have posted. On the other hand, my interest in, for example, sf_* communities is not as great; I read them when I'm at loose ends. I'd like to have this secondary content someplace so I can review new stuff but I don't want to have to sift through all of it to get to the important stuff; my friends.

Lately I've been thinking it would be cool to be able to have an arbitrary number of friends pages; one would be friends, one would be emergency services communities, one would be outright time-waster stuff like sf_* and *macros. That way I could zero in on the stuff that I wanted to look at right now without being distracted or overwhelmed.



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Dec. 18th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
well, you can create Friends Group filters. I have a bookmark called "signal" (as in signal-to-noise ratio) for just the LJs I really want to keep up with.

You can also join a community but not add it to your Friends list; then you can just hop to it from your own user info page when you feel like it, and you will still have posting access there.
Dec. 18th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Huh. I will have to check out the filters... I knew (thought?) that you could use a filter to post to a subset of your list but did not realize that you could use them for viewing.

Dec. 18th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
yep, the same filter works both ways, more or less. You could create one to view only your emergency-services friends & communities, and then when you posted to that filter, only your emergency-services friends could read the post. (Communities can't read.)
Dec. 18th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
what she said
I have "friends only" as a filter - no communities or anything, just RL people. I have a "Daily Flist" that includes a couple RSS feeds and a community or two. If I'm pressed for time, I use one of these two filters for viewing.

Hey, for whom do you work, anyway? ;-p
Dec. 19th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
And if you want to link any of them in public so others can read them, you can make the filter public; if you'd prefer that no one know what's in that filter (other than by who comments to posts labeled as using that filter), make it private.

One of these days, I mean to do up a sort of newspaper layout for my journal, complete with sections in the friends page: editorials, comics, gossip, and the like.
Dec. 19th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
There are some changes that I want to make to my journal to make it more like the layout of my WP site but better... I know nothing about S2 but I guess I'm going to learn.
Dec. 18th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
^this. I use a myriad of Friends Group filters. Friends I want to read constantly and super-important work stuff (like core) is what's in my Default View (name it Default View and it will be what you see when you hit your "Friends" button on the header). Then I bookmark the URLs to my other reading filters - "communities" "work" - stuff like that.

I also enjoy reading my friendsfriends page, but I read it as http://marta.livejournal.com/friendsfriends?show=p (?show=p on a friends or friendsfriends page will be people, ?show=c is communities). I do that whenever I wish there were new entries on my friends page to read :)
Dec. 19th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Great information, thank you.
Dec. 19th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
ooooo, I am Mystery Person! Cool!!! I can make up any persona I want now!!! Bugger this me being a Water Works Dispatcher, I'm actually a RAAF Fighter Jet Pilot, YEAH! That's when I'm not being an internation woman of mystery for ASIO. And uh... I have looong blonde hair which is NEVER out of place and never does insane in the humidity. I'm 6ft something and fit as hell. Oh, and I'm MEGA rich and um... what else... oh yeah! I ride race bikes in my spare time, and my humanitarian works are more expansive than Jolie's!!!! I also collect and resore old vintage fire trucks aaaand... OH YEAH.... I own, like, an ENTIRE Island!!! ;-D
And yeah, filters, they work wonders :-)
Dec. 19th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
I knew you were pretty cool but I didn't know about all of this.

'International woman of mystery'. That sounds like a good gig.
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