I'm not sure about anyone else, but I find the layout for FN a bit too similar to Twitter (Which is kind of fine), but it's unorganized.
Maybe this site could take a few things I consider good from Google+?
This thread will be pretty lengthy, so here's a TL;DR:
Basically I'd like to see this site use some elements from Google+ before this site comes out of Beta and possibly becomes popular.
1st off: Collections
Collections are basically a way to separate posts, maybe you are NOT an artist (Like me) and generally have no real use for this site because I would assume reposting art here is frowned upon, by others and would probably get you yelled at by an artist claiming you are stealing (even if you aren't).
The profile section on here seems to be basically Twitter in that it tells you everything the person has done in descending order, this includes all art and who they have followed and what they've posted.
Personally I find this messy and a pain to find anything with.
On Google+ Collections are an option to organize your posts, for example, I have a "Random Post" Collection for basically anything i feel like posting, and then I have an "Art" Collection where I post art (that isn't mine, unless I say it is), and another one for music and videos from youtube.
I think many people would enjoy this kind of thing if given the chance, it would work, but Google+ tends to be an ambiguously mentioned place on other sites such as twitter or FA. I know many furries who use Google+ and they are some of my best friends too, but with even the amount of furries on Google+, there is still their whole anti-porn policy, which results in some people getting banned. (Which i've always found stupid because why punish people who are jsut posting what they like and giving in to people who go out of their way to see it and report it?)
In addition to that, collections can be made private or public. I'm not sure if this would work exactly, considering that to see private posts and collections, said person making them has to follow you back and add you to said "circles".
You can also set a cover photo for the collection, a brief description of it, and a few tags to it.
You also have the ability to remove posts from a collection as well as delete posts, and also add posts not in a collection to one (Which can be done by removing a post from a collection, but not deleting it), you can also share and "like" posts in a collection as well.
Here is a picture or two to show a little what collections look like.
Another feature i would like to see on this site is allowing people to comment on posts and include pictures in said posts.
Sites like Google+ don't allow this, but Twitter and (although limited to posts actually uploaded to the site) e621 do it, and facebook.
Many of my friends wished that one day on Google+ they'd be allowed to comment with pictures (such as reaction images), and I think that could be another feature that could attract others.
Allow people to add tags so their profile can be found with keywords without having to actually give others a link on another site.
The reason I have for this is it allows people to be noticed without already being a "popufur", it allows people who are involved in something to be found by others with similar interests, such as pokemon or digimon, etc.
or maybe you simply just want to find a profile that posts funny things.
As someone who isn;t known in the furry community for obvious reasons, aside from my circle of friends, i've always found that social media tends to not like people who do not constantly make art or do commissions, or is some kind of celebrity.
i like to think i'm speaking for the smaller people here who will probably not use this site for very long, because they do not make art or anything.
i'm sorry if this is WAY out there in terms of the whole idea of this site (forgive me)
but this is another thing FA users have tried to do, it's something Google+ actually has (and i hate to say it but Facebook does too), and it's something that Twitter lacks.
So why not?
i expect hate for this, but i roleplay, and communities are usually perfect for roleplaying (unless you want to do it privately of course), so these communities could range from anywhere from just a general post community, a roleplay community, or maybe just a place to talk with strangers.
Communities on Google+ usually have sub-sections, which you can name (but are limited).
They also allow you to make your own, you can make it public or private, or in the case of Public Communtieis, you can make it "Ask to Join" meaning that a moderator or the owner of it has to accept you (which weeds out any troll accounts), you can also promote people to Moderator, and after 2 weeks of being one they can be a Co-Owner of the community if you so choose to do that (which is handy for when you may loose your account or anything like that, if you were to make trusted friend co-owner).
and like pretty much everything else i've suggested, you can add tags so others can find it, such as a "roleplay" tag if someone wants to find a certain community.
as for private communities, those are pretty much exclusive to who the owner themselves, or any moderators invite.
5th and final suggestion:
Pinned posts and pinned collection posts.
this is basically a combination of Twitter and Google+, where they allow you to pin a post to you profile, this would be exceptionally handy for artists who want to pin their commission info or anything like that to their profile.
Collections also have their seperate pinned post when viewing the actual collection and all it's posts. which i think is handy too.
sorry this thread is EXTREMELY long, but if any of this is at all possible, i'd love to see it, and i'm sure other who are experienced using Google+ or Twitter could agree with some of this suggestions. :)
I personally would love to move away from FA (for reasons I won't say), but I've seen a few people say they do not like how FN is made to look layout wise, so i thought maybe i'd try to make a few suggestions.
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