@celia Good article. I like the idea of neighborhoods and wish I were on a Hometown fork, but hadn’t thought of them in relationship to Plus’s Circles.

What I was hoping Circles were when the came out — and would still like — is sort of the opposite direction. When I follow someone I want to be able to say “I’m interested in your tech stuff but not the sports stuff” or whatever. So rather than the author picking *who*, they pick a tag/category and I pick which to follow.

@celia It solves a different subset of the problem out of the gate, but I think it’s a good starting point. You could imagine a system where I can set a given tag to be invite-only or local-only or whatnot.

The big downside is it’d require authors to tag things, or a big enough set of their posts to be useful. I think it’d be worth it, but it’s an extra barrier to creation, which is anathema to social networks.

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@a Yes, that is exactly how I would like tags to work. I post mixed english and german content - personal, tech and political - and people who follow me might already be annoyed by this, so I am considering to create alts...

That downside can easily be mitigated by making it opt-in and client-side only, i.e. the interface you use could perform such filtering and if the author does not tag a post you could configure to always or never show it, whatever fits.

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