New feature: My Friends

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Shortly after the new site was launched, hitokiri in Moscow contacted me to suggest that I add a feature to make it easier for him to keep track of his fellow doublebrick members' collections here on Brickset. While it's always been possible to see them via individual members profiles, there wasn't an easy way of doing so without lots of clicking around.

So, my solution to this is a new tab: 'My Friends' . On this page you can search the Brickset user database, find your friends then mark them so they appear in your list of friends. Once in the list you can click on links to view their reviews, their collection or thier wants list. You can also see who has marked you as a friend.

This is an opt-in system: if you want people to know more about you, such as your location and real name, so you can be found in the list, you'll need to enter information in your profile and if you want to share your collection with others, tick the 'Allow Brickset users to view my collection' box at the bottom.

I've also added some new fields to the profile page allowing you to enter the URLs of your Brickshelf, flickr and MOCPages galleries.

I hope you find this useful. As usual your feedback will be appreciated.

51 comments on this article

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By in Sweden,

Should be interesting. I'll try it out when I've got some time on my hands. I just got my new Bricklink order. Woo!

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By in United States,

Don't get too complicated like with the homepage!

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By in Philippines,

I do not like how it shows which country you are in :(

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By in United Kingdom,

@TheLegoBrick: why not, as a matter of interest? It determines that from your IP address.

Huw

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By in United States,

Anybody can befriend me.

I still won't let anybody contact me, though.

I'm sure everyone willl be friends with you, Huw. :)

Including me.

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By in Philippines,

Hmm I'm just going to have get used to it, the my friends tab sounds like a good idea.

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By in United States,

Huw:

What is the "other lego websites" mean?

Does it mean if you're on other lego websites with an account?

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By in United Kingdom,

@jonbuddy, use it for anything you like -- some people have their own personal website, like our Dr. S who runs http://www.tabletownonline.co.uk

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By in United States,

Ah, I'll use it for "other lego websites" I have an account on.

Also, Huw, can you give me a list of Brickset admins/moderators? I'd like to know the staff and befriend them.

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By in United States,

How can you add your moc's from brickset and etc.?

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By in United States,

I was curious why you are up so early, then I remembered you are in London, which is 5 hours ahead of me. (I live in the Eastern United States).

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By in United States,

this is sweet huw thanks!

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By in United States,

Anyone wanna be my friend? I can be friends with anyone.

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By in United States,

I just became your friend, wadaltmon.

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By in United States,

Anybody can befriend me. Good idea too!

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By in Poland,

Looks great!

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By in United States,

Anyone can mark me as a friend.

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By in New Zealand,

This is a great idea, Huw. I'm definitely going to use this new feature!

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By in United Kingdom,

Good idea,
I look forward to testing it out.

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By in United States,

hey huw... i dont know if this will be a problem but people, including me, can be friends with your test account. When you test new features will this give us "previews"? Or is your test account your first account to see if the membership works or to bcc yourself.

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By in United States,

HobbesFan08:

Now that you mention it, what is HuwTest for anyway? I'm going to befriend the account.

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By in United States,

Some one please be my friend!

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By in United States,

Good idea Huw!Your'e gonna be my friend too.And I just wanted to make sure..what is the "with me"thing?

@softybones,
Good News,I'm now your friend.

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By in United States,

@jonbuddy

I was wondering the same thing.Oh,I almost forgot I have you as my friend.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like it

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By in United States,

softybones:

Your wish is granted. I am now your friend.

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By in United States,

Eerex Sweeher, why do you want 314 sets? That's a little over 1 1/2 times as much sets I own and want!

176 (I own) + 14 (I want) = 190

314 ÷ 190 = 1.6526315789473684210526315789474 (a little over 1 1/2 times) (Note: I did this on a calculator)

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By in United States,

Huw, are you trying to make this in a way the first social site with lego referance? Lol. Add a chat room.

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By in United States,

HobbesFan08:

That means Moderation 101. But, if it works out, we can trust each other not to say anything offensive.

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By in United Kingdom,

@HobbesFan08, yes sort of, more like first LEGO reference with social stuff added in so if anyone has any suggestions about where to take it next let me know. A discussion forum is unlikely to happen, but I won't rule it out completely.

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By in United States,

HobbesFan08: I like the idea of a forum. That way we have a place to put are random information.

BTW: i added u as a friend Hobbes and anyone can add me

Sorry i guess no discution forum.

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By in United States,

Hey Huw.....I know this is random but can you add avatars to brickset?I think it will be cool next to the my friends thing.

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By in United States,

Yes avatars would be a cool addition!

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By in United States,

littlelegoluke:

That would be fun to make avatars.

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By in United States,

@ jonbuddy Most of the sets I want are sets that came out before I was born, such as classic space sets. I only have six classic space that I am aware of and I Want more. Besides That 300 and something that I want is nothing compared to the 600 something that I own! Add onto that three Mega Blox sets(Groan), a K'nex rolar coaster, Two models I made on LDD and bought off of factory and you need a bigger house. (I did that in my head!) And yes Huw, avatars would be cool!

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By in United Kingdom,

Sorry, I won't be adding avatars, signatures, emoticons or any of the other clutter that makes Eurobricks and other forums so unusable and unreadable. Keep it plain, simple and functional, those are my aims.

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By in United States,

Okay Huw, whatever you think you should do, It's your site after all

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By in United States,

Eerex Sweeher:

I get it now.

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By in United States,

I'll be anyone's friend! I mostly added people who I have contacted by email a while ago.

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By in United States,

Thanks HuW! I like it so far!
I'm sorry if this is already a part of it, (I haven't done too much with it yet) but could you add something in there, so you can see which people became your friends?
Sev

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw had implemented it already :-)

Under the friends tab is a link called "List people who have marked me as a friend".

Ian

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By in United States,

@Hobbesfan08 I don't think Huw will be doing much more with the site for now, as he said earlier he wants to "Keep it plain, simple and functional". I think we should be happy with what we've got. And also, those are from last years comic-con, just so you know.

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By in United Kingdom,

Actually I will be doing a lot to the site, but nothing that clutters it up.

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By in Philippines,

yay the random sets is back.

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By in United States,

@ Huw Oh

@ TheLegoBrick Yeah I just noticed that

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By in United States,

thanks for the new feature, i once thought up of the same concept but forgot it. something that could be added the URL tab could be your own website page, that would be most appreciated, and can we be frieds with moderators or just brckset members.
@ everybody: feel free to invite me as a friend, though i am a busy person and may not respond immediately :)

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By in United States,

Unfortunately, you need friends to have a need for My Friends. Since I have almost no friends here, I might not do anything with it. But if anybody wants to join my Bioniclub, e-mail me.
Note: you have to allow e-mails back to join my Bioniclub.

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By in Canada,

be my friend

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By in United States,

Wow, what a cool feature!
Soon we'll have forums!

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By in United States,

Yah Bran-don-jin I agree with you I think now the feature for having friends may give people the chance to talk to people they know

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