@celia So, yeah and nah.
I was on G+ and am familiar with Circles. They had their uses but were mostly a pain.
G+ Communities addressed many of those issues, though they also had many, many warts. Smaller and private communities of 50--100 or so members were actually highly useful.
G+ Collections were quite good for organising your own content, and allowed others to subscribe or mute specific topics. Others have mentioned liking those, I certainly did.
I'd like to see a managed-closed-subscription-group type feature on the Fediverse. That's probably doable simply by providing a freestanding list server with subscription and distribution management. People could subscribe, messages would be sent to it, and received by subscribers (like an old-school mailing list in most regards).
@dredmorbius @celia ditto to mixed feelings, "Circles" and their additions encompassing a lot of uses. In many ways I find alts (esp local-only option) a good fit to having multiple audiences and letting others choose which aspects to subscribe to, some of which I control the privacy of. I don't yet have a multi-account client experience I like for this, something like cross-account Lists with option to reply as any alt? Per Dr, separately I could like mail-list-like groups for bidirectional too
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