Friends and Connections

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What are Connections?

LibraryThing has several different ways of letting you connect with other members, and add them as contacts ("Connections") on LibraryThing.

  • Friends: When you add someone as your friend, they will be sent a message asking them to approve the "friendship". If they accept, this will add their name to your friends list, and yours to theirs— it's mutual.
  • Interesting Libraries: When you add someone to your "interesting libraries" list, this adds a link to them on your profile page without requiring confirmation (although they will be notified). It's a good way to call out or make note of interesting members and their libraries (without necessarily claiming "friendship" with them).
  • Private Watch List: This is a private list, visible only to you. No one else can see who is on it, and other members are not notified if you add them to your private watch list.
  • Contacts: This is a catch-all category for other types of contacts. If you add someone as a contact, this will add a public link to them on your profile page, but it will not notify the other member.
  • Custom Connections Lists: You can create other connection types and name them, e.g. "employees," "family," or whatever you want. These connection lists can be either public or private. If public, the connection list works like "Contacts" above: links to these members' profiles are listed publicly on your profile, but the members are not notified. If private, the connection list works like the private watch list.

Other connections:

  • Top 50 / Top 100 Similar Libraries: LibraryThing also automatically calculates the top 50 and top 100 libraries most similar to your own. You can see activity from your Top 100 in the Connection News section of your Home page, and the Connection News page shows you activity from your Top 50 similar libraries.
  • LibraryThing Authors: LibraryThing used to automatically generate a list of authors from your library who have created a LibraryThing Author account. Currently, this list has been removed from the profile, but may later return to another page, such as Statistics/Memes.

How do I add people to my Connections?

You can add other users to your "interesting libraries", friends, or private contact list by clicking the appropriate add link on the upper right of their profile page.

What do Connections do?

Connections provides an easy way for you to note contacts and members with interesting libraries on LibraryThing, and to follow some of their activity on LibraryThing. Adding someone as a connection will allow you to see a digest of some of their recent activity in Connections News and to compare your libraries. Connections show up on several areas of LibraryThing:

  • Connections News -- a digest of recent activity by your connections; see below.
  • Statistics/Memes: Compare Connections -- You can see the books you share with people in each type of connection, sorted by book or by member, and you can see the most popular books for your connections (whether or not you share those books).
  • Local: Your Connections -- You can see a list of your friends' favorite venues. (Note: this only includes "friends," not other types of connections.)

Note that adding someone as a friend or other connection does not give them any special permissions or privacy levels; for instance, "friends" still cannot see the contents of private libraries.

What's Connections News?

The Connection News page (see yours) lets you see recently added books, ratings, and reviews from members on your Connections lists, as well as from members with similar libraries to yours. There is also a Connections News module on your Home page.

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