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

From: Christopher Allan Webber
Subject: Re: [GMG-Devel] Reimagining "favorites" as "collections"
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:25:02 -0500
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I'm also going to jump on board in saying that I'm very much so in favor
of this proposal.  It does seem to me like we want a good general
purpose collection system, and that all of these systems are going to
share a ton of overlap... it seems sensible to do things this way.

However, one thought, which is statistical aggregation.  Hitting
"favorite" on a site tends to increase a counter on its popularity.
Wouldn't we want some way to aggregate that information?  How would we
do that in this system?  I think it's possible, but maybe it would
require also hitting a special-case hook somewhere?  Or otherwise, what
would the query look like?  (I do think that "favorite number" is
something we want to keep fairly normalized in the database.)

Thanks for the idea, Aaron!  It would be really cool to see this

will kahn-greene writes:

> 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.
>> NRY
>> 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?
>>> Aaron
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