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thenewgreen  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Newbie here - have some suggestions/questions if anyone can help

No it isn't. At Hubski you follow people not topics. However you can search a #tag and find people that may interest you to follow. Hope this helps and welcome to Hubski.





deletecode  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ah cool, this might be worth having in the FAQ. Currently there's no mention of "interested in" there.

The_Boopster  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm just curious, since we are unable to follow specific topics and instead can only follow people, in the long run how will the site prevent people from exploiting this? Wasn't this a problem with this type of format in the Digg days?

thenewgreen  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Can you clarify what you mean by "exploiting this"?

The_Boopster  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This article gives an example of what I mean.

thenewgreen  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So people might get paid because they have a following on Hubski? Is this what you mean? Who cares? So long as they post quality content, I'll follow them otherwise I won't. If they get paid to post quality content that I like, what do I care? It's sort of a buyer beware situation, right? If you follow someone and they post crap, shame on you. The burden of maintaining a feed of integrity is solely on you. If someone has 200k hubski followers but I "ignore" them, they don't make a dent in my world.

cantCme  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for the info. But where does the list of where a certain user is interested in when I click on their bio? Is that compiled from their searches?

thenewgreen  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Good question. When you click on a users name it will give you a list of topics they've recently shared/posted and you can get a general idea from there. This, admittedly isn't very in depth but we will be working towards a more comprehensive way to determine a way to know what someone is interested in and if they are "compatible" with your interests. Hope this helps

jonnysunshine  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Has there been any thought of adding a subject word cloud and denoting the top interests by size of font?

I think incorporating a visual element to the discovery tools might be a nice element to add.

thenewgreen  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think we did discuss this once, though it never took root. I'll bring it up again. Thanks for the thought mr. sunshine. Hope you are enjoying the site thus far. Let me know if I can be of help.

jonnysunshine  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Just signed up a couple of weeks ago, but do recall coming by about 3 or 4 months ago. I like the site alot. Thanks for the welcome.

thenewgreen  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

sure thing.

matdesigner  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

oh god please no. die, web 2.0, die.

matdesigner  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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jonnysunshine  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It can be implemented in a couple of ways, that aren't limited to the following - generated by most popular topic, most popular users, least popular topic and least popular users. Something along those lines that offers up avenues of discovery. Basically, I'm all for more routes to find subjects here on hubski, as it appears the only way to do that is by adding followers and reading their content, without performing a hashtag search - which can be complicated if you don't know the right subject terms relevant to your interests.

And if you really want web 2.0 to die, then you might as well kill off search, links, authoring, tags, extensions, and signals. :)

matdesigner  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

the tag cloud itself needs to die. It's overdone, unimaginative, of limited use, and terrible UX

jonnysunshine  ·  3077 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The tag cloud is dead only if it remains static.

Image a tag cloud of, say, 25 subjects. Clicking on that tag opens up a close up of that tag with related tags. Do this until you've reached the end of the tag. This helps to create a dynamic tag cloud that could be updated simply by added related tags to the original tag.

You have to remember that when designing anything you need to try to incorporate elements that appeal to a wide swath of users. Many users will perform keyword searches, some will look up by username, some will want to explore using other means. Tag clouds, in and of themselves, are just another tool of discovery.

As someone who has had ample experience working in archives, libraries and with patrons I've come to discover that multiple entry points, that are well designed, coherent and relevant, offer up a variety of means to find the needle in the haystack.

All that being said, I'd not like for a tag cloud to overwhelm the design of the site as it is. I like the fresh, barebones look to hubski. I'd just like more ways to discover content. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but it feels like I'm barely scratching the surface of content here.