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Re: [GMG-Devel] Reimagining "favorites" as "collections"

From: will kahn-greene
Subject: Re: [GMG-Devel] Reimagining "favorites" as "collections"
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:43:04 -0400
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I also <3 this idea and have put it in my "favorite" imap folder.

On 08/14/2012 01:27 PM, Nathan Yergler wrote:
I really like this idea: curation is an obvious trend right now, and
it'd be great if GMG supported it explicitly. Additionally, it seems
like there are some really interesting ways to leverage federation as
part of the curation process: pushing comments from the curator's site
to the original poster, exposing metadata from the original, etc.


On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM, Aaron Williamson
<address@hidden> wrote:
Hey goblins,

After dinner with Chris last night, I decided to dig back into the "Favorites"
feature I left dormant some time ago (
In our initial discussion of this feature, we went back and forth about whether
we wanted "favorites" or "likes" or "hearts" or "plus ones," etc. and we sort of
half-heartedly chose favorites because, well, it's not Facebook-y.

We also talked at the time about making "favorites" just a special case
"collection" or "gallery," but decided against it partly to get favorites out
the door (d'oh). But I still like the idea of merging these two concepts, and I
think we can make them more than the sum of their parts, without adding a ton of
extra work.

The model I have in mind is similar to (I know, I know) Pinterest's "pinning" --
rather than "favoriting" things or creating galleries, you'd collect media that
you like. Could be yours, could be others', could be a combination of both. And,
like on Pinterest, you have the option to add a comment to everything you
collect, so that in addition to the poster's description, you can tell people
*why* you put a given image/video/etc. into a particular collection.

Maybe we make "favorites" a special, pre-defined case of "collections" or maybe
we let people name all of their collections whatever they want. But I think this
adds interaction to the "favoriting"/"collecting" feature that could be a lot of
fun and maybe really useful.

What do you think?

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