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[old][AG3 feature] Friends, Followers

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Posted Oct 13, '10 at 3:37pm

cormyn

cormyn

2,863 posts

Knight

To clarify what I've said elsewhere... We will have several ways to interact with people.

Followers
This will work like public Twitter profiles, where you can follow whoever you want, whenever you want. As a user, you can always see a list of who you're following, as well as a list of who is following you. When that user does something on the site like create a new forum thread or create new game content (ie a new castle in Sieger) or get a new achievement, you'll see it on your activity feed.

Friends
This will work like Facebook, where your friendship invitation must be accepted by the other person. If the other person ignores your request or straight-up rejects it, you'll only have "follow" privileges. You'll always have access to your friends list of course, and either user can break the friendship connection at any time.

What's the Difference?
We will place restrictions on user interaction based on whether you're a friend or follower. For example, we may restrict whether followers can post on your profile page, and armatars you upload can only be shared to your friends. We may let followers send you private messages, but we may prioritize messages from friends by highlighting them in a different color or something along those lines. Of course, any activities your friends are a part of on the site will show up on your activity feed.

Groups? Clubs? Clans?
We're unsure of what we'll call it, but some time AFTER the public AG3 launch, we'd like to build the idea of a "club" or "group" setup where someone can create a group and invite people to it. These could be used for game tournaments, etc. where the players wouldn't have to be friends or followers to share comments and ideas. Users will be able to join as many of these groups as they like. Any group activity will show up in your activity feed.

Spam, noise, clutter
You'll be able to filter out whose items you want to see, or not, which games you want to see, or not, etc. For example, maybe your best friend JoeUser likes to create 100 new levels for Light Bot 2 every day, and you don't play LB2 ... you can filter out LB2 messages without filtering JoeUser completely.

Larry has also talked about giving you the ability to "ban" users from your profile page, or from seeing your activities, even if they're following you on the site.

More to come!

 

Posted Oct 13, '10 at 3:40pm

cormyn

cormyn

2,863 posts

Knight

More about groups:
The group activities you see in your feed will only be from groups you are a part of. You won't be able to "follow" a group. Also, you will be able to leave a group at any time.

 

Posted Oct 13, '10 at 3:42pm

Graham

Graham

6,420 posts

Could have AG 2.0 members automatically join a "I was in AG2" group.

 

Posted Oct 13, '10 at 4:20pm

Gantic

Gantic

6,773 posts

Moderator

Seeing as this is "Armor" Games, "groups" could be called 'Orders' or 'Guilds' and get something like 'Order of the Hammer' or 'Guild of AG2 Noobs'.

 

Posted Oct 13, '10 at 4:35pm

Freakenstein

Freakenstein

8,100 posts

Moderator

Orders, factions, guilds, brotherhoods, sisterhoods, clans, something along those lines, yeah :D

Every time we get a new feature announced or discussed, the thought of AG3 being sweeter gets much, much higher :)

 

Posted Oct 13, '10 at 4:38pm

Avorne

Avorne

3,224 posts

Sounds good to me - I rather like 'guild' - brotherhood or fellowship might work too.

 

Posted Oct 13, '10 at 4:39pm

cormyn

cormyn

2,863 posts

Knight

We'll probably let users name the group whatever they want. I wouldn't want to make every active user part of an AG2 group, or everyone will get TONS of activity messages in their feeds.

 

Posted Oct 13, '10 at 4:43pm

Avorne

Avorne

3,224 posts

Without wanting to over-complicate this, although I don't know if this is part of the planned features anyway... Would it be possible to have a list of (or a link to a page containing a list of (I know some people on sites like Facebook go group mad...)) the groups a user is currently a member of? Perhaps on their profile page?

 

Posted Oct 13, '10 at 4:47pm

Freakenstein

Freakenstein

8,100 posts

Moderator

Can the AG team trust the creators of groups be founders and allow managers of said group, allowing the members have certain powers over the group?

 

Posted Oct 13, '10 at 4:51pm

Avorne

Avorne

3,224 posts

And moreover, if the leader did have certain powers - I should imagine that there is a chance of those powers being abused. If a leader had to be removed or replaced for whatever reason - how would those powers be passed forward. I imagine that some groups may get pretty large and unless you have some sort of leadership or 'next-of-kin' system in place then I don't see how a handover of power could be achieved if a leader had to leave.