In the book I'm reading at the moment, Abbadon's Gate - James S.A Corey, there is the concept of a "Family Feed".
An asynchronous platform where family members post life updates and questions for consumption by other family members at their leisure.

We have feeds like this now ( Facebook, Twitter, Mastodon... )- but they normally include vast numbers of friends, family and people we barely know. I like the idea of multiple specific, closed feeds for different social groups one is a member of.

I generally dislike the idea of a 'Group chat ' for life updates. Seeing as its super easy for things to get lost in there.

And, as mentioned, existing platforms lump posts from all the people you 'Follow' into one feed, rather than specific, separate feeds.

It'd be nice to, every week or so, check my family feed and see what everyone has been up too. Optionally interact there, but also not feel any pressure to 'answer'.

There are probably ways to do this - I believe Dreamwidth has functionality to show posts to a specific sub-group.
Mastodon& Facebook also has this to some extent.
But they miss the 'Show me only updates from _these_ people' part.

@s DW has a way to read only updates from a certain group of people – I used to use the feature all the time in Livejournal times.

Unfortunately as with most of DW, it's a pain to actually find the feature:

@iguana Looks like it'd be possible to get what I want with that system, but only for me, rather than the whole system being built around it.

I'm thinking more of a thing where you post to one or more groups that you're a member of.
Then have to pick one group to display at a time.

@iguana While this does look good - it'd still require me to get my entire family using Dreamwidth.

@s Google + had functionality like that. I loved sorting people into groups and then only sending my posts to certain groups

@wafflesoup Yeah, it sounds like I really missed out on experiencing Google+!

I wonder why this idea just didn't work for most people?

Too much management perhaps? Most people wanting to post to everyone all the time?

@s This sounds a bit like how Circles in Google+ worked – kind of a shame they never got the uptake needed for it to become a thing

@iguana I never used Google+ ( one I knew used it ). It sounds like a great idea! I wonder if people just didn't _get_ it enough.

@s I think people mostly _got_ it but as with all new social networks there needs to be a critical mass of users, and for whatever reason Google+ never managed that
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