Okay, going to take a minute to write about 'groups' in Multiverse. This discussion has originated from kvnk's Multiverse Wishlist - here's the relevant part:
Weiwei asked for more thoughts - and these got posted to the Multiverse Discord (https://discord.gg/5MvkKjAyrM if you're not already there) with some very important points:
Okay! This is a really great discussion! The part about creating limits that are too rigid - and the part about encouraging fluid thinking - these are super-important discussions to Weiwei and myself! We have probably talked about this topic more than almost anything else.
The vast majority of groups on the Web are formed around topics. Even hashtags, which can be arbitrary phrases of any kind, are anchored around the essence of that word or acronym.
The gateway into this group is not a shared topic - it is the format.
The other key wikis in the group are not focused on philosophy or morality - they all write about their own personal interests - video games, Internet culture, letterboxing (in the case of Sphygmus, pictured)...
Yes - this does lead to a lot of 'meta' discussions. But hey - those are fun too!
This all feels similar to TikTok 'duets' - where the format, the style, the convention brings people together - to discover each other.
And - since Multiverse is a very style-driven format - with a focus on having a frame and a comic log style that reflects your identity and your voice - there may be a similar dynamic in play.
Take 'Nya' - what group does this go in?
I hope to god that it's a group I belong to!
But - will it be?
One of our thoughts has been - if the site is people-focused - so everyone has unique frame styles that identify them, they have their own layouts and profile pages (coming sooon 😜) - and you feel like you are collecting people as you work within its network...
Then it could be through those people that you discover more people - and the unique format assists this by allowing you to connect with people who are also styling frames and hacking the format - so that you can appreciate what they're doing, even without connecting with their topic!
And, hopefully, without there needing to even be a 'topic' in many cases!!
AESTHETICS AS A GROUP
The aesthetic may symbolize topics or concrete ideas - like solarpunk is a symbol of a lush, hopeful future
It is effortless to immerse yourself in solarpunk and be in a new community suddenly
It's really cool to see different styles of comic logs emerge - and it's possible that people may connect based on the formats that get carved out
This is already a dynamic on the Internet - especially with something like 'vaporwave' or 'solarpunk'
The aesthetic can carve new alleys
But more importantly - what kinds of groups do NOT exist??
However, now that you've got Billie Eilish subreddits and hash tags and Facebook groups - is there a need for more Billie Eilish groups? Well - sure! But will you discover anyone new in the process?
It's also incredibly easy to both create and find these groups!
There's nothing wrong with this - certainly you can find great art and community by joining a subreddit or following a hashtag
210417 - Carpe Diem: table disco and packing
210418 - Carpe Diem: a very miscellaneous day
comic essays like this one
which is something we hadn't considered in the least!
Who knows what other styles and moods may emerge from Multiverse and evolve into their own groups
So we will be adding more groups over the next little while along these lines.
So this post is mostly just distilling a small part of those chats.
Perhaps new kinds of groups that don't yet exist?