..for example, I'm very interested in learning about what people, in other countries and cultures, are thinking and what they want to share with the world, as they do on HubPages. And there are so many countries and so many cultures in the world! But currently, it's almost impossible to get in touch with them categorically.
This idea came to me yesterday, as I was trying out a new Chinese search-engine (the Chinese equivalent to Google) called 'Baidu'. As I typed in the keyword "hubpages", it displayed some unique search results, these I've never seen on google. I had no idea that there are Russian people who use this site (HubPages): Baidu had the profile of a Russian young person just on the first page of the search result. I immediately became her follower, and they also followed me. It seemed we have similar interests.
HubPages seems to be housing a lot of hidden treasures, and there should be better methods of exploring them. It is also true that many users do not provide their location, on their profile, but it is also true that many do and the country-wise search should be based on those publicly shared data. There needs to be a feature so that if we type in the name of any country in the search-box, we can get to see all the users on this site who come from there. It's very exciting! Please, consider
I really appreciate that HubPages protects their users from being researched and spammed the way you are describing.
Thank you, but Facebook already has a very similar feature to the one that I have proposed here. Everyone knows it's called 'Graph Search'. I didn't suggest anything radically new to the internet community.
Do you appreciate Facebook as a worthy internet endeavor by the way?
I don't particularly want to be 'searched for' either. Internal hub traffic is not important to me. As lovely as many hubbers are, I haven't the time to enter into dialogue or read all their hubs. The forum is good enough for me to keep up with what's happening.
Facebook - meh. I recently deactivated my main account and then set up a mini one for one particular interest of mine that I write/blog about. I don't share any personal details or activity.
Edit: What has country of origin got to do with anything anyway?
Because this proposed feature would only let signed in users search for hubbers and content that way, we may see new 'members' join this site because it facilitates this one-of-a-kind function.
You see, on Facebook, people share and maintain their friendships. But here, they would be able to see what they think and what they have to share with the world (intellectually).
Facebook introduced 'Graph Search' many years later after the website (Facebook) itself was launched. So changes like that are 'always' happening in the internet world. And this feature would depend on the data that people only willingly share. No one is proposing to secretly spy on hubbers, or jeopardize their privacy.
So you didn't actually read what I wrote?
I did. I understand that internal traffic isn't an important issue to you. But taken it as a whole, high internal activity and community enthusiasm is an indicator of the health and prospect of any website. And a healthy website attracts external traffic.
Everyone will have the freedom to opt out this feature under their 'account settings' anytime.
The idea for this new feature came to me actually after speaking with Christy Kirwan, Marketing and Community Manager for HubPages, just yesterday. We were discussing why Many interesting people do not use the forums feature, and this comment gave me inspiration, and I began to think and finally arrived upon a logical system which would be an embodiment of the core idea that browsing hubs is an enjoyable activity and there needs to be a system so that we can search hubs more effectively. There are many other effective parameters, but searching hubbers by their residing country struck me to be the most practical solution to this issue:
I think it's one of the reasons browsing Hubs can be so much fun: there are many great writers you won't see or hear about otherwise
Why? I still don't see how you find 'interesting people' searching by country. Most are pretty boring/interesting/mundane/thrilling wherever they come from. Why not simply search hubs (rather than hubbers) by a topic that interests you? You will fall over lots of fascinating peeps on your journey.
I, for one, am scintillating ;-)... however, I haven't got the time to participate in yet another interweb forum/online community/social media sharing-omg-my-whole-life-with-people-I've-never-met-type-thing. On the other hand, if I want to find a hub about very small dogs, I can simply go search and find some lovely hubbers who have weeny-tiny-cutie dogs.
If I had the time. But I haven't. Cos I have a very pushy Labrador who wants my attention.
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