December 18th, 2008

Wires

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.