So I realize I've been thinking of social networks as graph-based and set-based.

Graph-based means you follow other users and get a feed of their posts. (E.g. Facebook, Goople, birdsite, here).

Set-based means you are either in or out and if you're in, your feed is the same as everyone else who's in. (E.g. subreddits, mailing lists, USENET groups, web fora.)

I'm finding this to be a useful distinction.

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@suetanvil By your definitions, a set based social network leads to binary inclusion-exclusion, in that you are either connected or not. A graph based social network allows properties to be set on the edge, i.e. symmetric or assymmetric follow, or a potential gradient of intimacy lifewithalacrity.com/2004/08/i . Graph thinking may be better for piecemeal growth wiki.c2.com/?PiecemealGrowth . Still, a city is not a tree coevolving.com/blogs/index.php

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