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Chris MessinaHunterPro@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
Tom Bielecki@tombielecki · Cofounder, PrintToPeer
@chrismessina In 2011 I suggested the idea of "Squares" as a new way to organize your posts: (square, like a town square!) In my opinion, one of the largest problems with Google+ was that if I followed someone for a particular interest, they likely were going to post about multiple interests. This features request was a way to tame the noise. Circles were only a fraction of the filtering solution. Collections seems to be the exact same thing that I proposed, but years too late. Hopefully it will gain some traction and filter the streams. Facebook and Twitter still don't have any way to opt-in or opt-out of specific topics from a contact, which for me personally makes them less useful and more noisy.
Chris MessinaHunterPro@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
@tombielecki actually, I also proposed Squares when I was working on Google+ — before we launched. I was skeptical of the Circles-only model and wanted a way to create more "social architecture" and "ad hoc gathering places" on Google+. Alas, the idea was interesting internally, but didn't have a champion. Greg Marra (now at Facebook) worked on Communities, but he was pushed to adopt a more conventional forum model. He later (to the best of my knowledge) applied these ideas to the revamp of Facebook Groups. But yeah, we'll see if this helps boost G+ usage.
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Very Pinterest-like and another example of how the social web is becoming increasingly visual (e.g. Twttr from 2008 vs. Twitter today).
Stowe Boyd@stoweboyd · futurist, researcher, imperfectionist
Sounds more like they're going to make Google+ into Medium
Chris MessinaHunterPro@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
@stoweboyd Really? I find Google+ not the best reading environment, but a much better place to share visual content, to @rrhoover's point.
Olivier El Mekki@oelmekki · maker
Doesn't see it yet, neither in mobile app nor on web page. Sounds cool, though :) It seems to address my biggest problem with g+ : writing on several topics without annoying those who are interested for just one of those. And that also will allow to write in several languages without annoying those who don't understand them all, yay!
Stanford Rosenthal@stan · Designer
There was a hunt similar to this, allowing users to create knowledge hubs / collections of content. Anyone remember what that was?