Improving Mastodon support for aspects/circles functionality of other ActivityPub implementations, i.e. how such limited audience messages are received and distributed internally.
@sivy Yeah. Hubzilla is currently the only ActivityPub server which supports circles that I know of, but more might come.
@sivy Lists, Circles and Groups are all completely separate concepts that overlap only in the part that they involve multiple users.
@sivy List and Circle are opposites. So if a list is about categorizing your home timeline, a circle is about categorizing your followers. So on one end you have a subset of people you follow, on the other a subset of people who follow you.
Groups are private message boards: You join, post in a group, can be kicked by owner, etc. Nothing to do with following anyone.
@Gargron Ok I see at least how G+ works: none of the followers necessarily know they're in a "circle" - it's purely for the writer.
Imagine you have these circles:
* Friends from the job
* The in-laws
* The friends from church
* Your shaved-and-humiliated-furries-in-latex erotica... "research" group
Without groups, you just can't post to the last one without the others finding out. Well, technically, you can, but it's hard AF and you're prone to make mistakes.
The question is... can you afford to?
looking forward to seeing how circles (and groups) will be implemented visually. Circles sort of feels like a user-defined "status privacies" or perhaps more bizarrely as user-defined @ aliases...(emails kinda have this, aliases, that is). idk I don't use G+.
hmm aliases are kinda interesting. i guess you could say groups are aliases that are private and whose membership is determined (at creation & runtime). sorry. rambling out loud.
Circles are one of my favorite features of the soon to be sacrificed Google+. A great idea gathering dust because of the crappy platform that implemented it.
Thanks, Gargron! I'll be eagerly waiting for this feature!
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