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What is the point of having friends in Duolingo?

Since one can't chat with his friends, see their achievements or even get notified when they participate in a discussion or comment, what is the point of having friends?

November 16, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChanningRogers

Mainly just to see a number go up which makes you get your number past theirs. Number being xp. Hopefully in the future they make a voice/messaging program to communicate.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trellfjellet

The competition already exists in the clubs at least for the mobile version. So actually friends don't have any "raison d'être" (at least for now).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CodyORB

This seems to further suggest a new communication system. If friends were purely for tracking XP, they still would've kept the Followers name (which was replaced by Friends), or used another name like "Tracking".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

They've promised to introduce some method of personal messaging. If they ever do, my friends list will contain a number of those I'm most interested in communicating with.

Agreed that at this point there's no doubt it's mostly a legacy feature. Some may be motivated by a leaderboard - useful for comparing progress in all languages.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trellfjellet

So practically for now the only use is comparing the total xp earned...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kelemontevideo

Duolingo used to let you see your friends achievements and discussions they posted. I guess they just keep it since a lot of people had "friends" on here for the competition before they introduced clubs. I miss seeing what my friends are doing but that format is not the focus of duolingo. I still look at my friends list to see who is active and that does motivate me sometimes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trellfjellet

I also find it an interesting idea, but now it seems a bit obsolete... So unless they enrich it with some abilities, I don't see a reason to make friends.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amy.SH

I agree. It's forbidden to leave personal information here, like email or anything else. The idea is to let people focus on languages but I don't think it's bad when you can make friends from all over the world while learning new language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trellfjellet

I agree with you regarding the personal data. But since you cannot communicate in any way with your friends, I find it quite useless...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FreeHelicopters

Its to show me how EVERYONE gets more xp each week then I do....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-.Andrew.-

The whole reason of friends is...competition, I suppose.

If they introduce some sort of chat program or message system, that'd be sweet, but at the moment the only purpose of having friends is to just monitor their EXP gain.


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