- Allow me to filter out the Virtual World games
- As soon as you add a friend, you should be prompted for the name of a group.
- Margie's Movie and TV Discussions
- Guinea Pig willing to read Story Drafts
- Tell me about the kids. Photos please.
- All the minutiae about your day, really.
- Issues relating to our town's public schools
- People who might buy my sculptures
I want to know how you are doing. I don't care about your virtual farm or mafia world.
Everyone is not the same sort of friend. "Friends" belong to different interest and social groups. I like hearing about all my facebook friends. I don't need to remind those in California to go to our town meeting. There are friends to whom I'd like to chat about a Tim Burton-esque moment, and many facebook "friends" whom I would not want to bother with that stuff.
Thus whatever replaces facebook will be something with a natural easy interface for adding friends to appropriate groups, and easily sending messages to groups. Some "friends" would be in several groups, of course.
I should be able to sort them into privately decided on groups. I should also be able to define public names for groups into which my "friends" can sort themselves. All of this should be extremely easy to do and not require me to read directions as to how to do it. It must be intuitive.
When you "confirm" someone as a friend, you should get a popup asking what publicly-defined groups you'd like to be in. For example: