Friends - what are they good for?
About the friends feature... other than having the leaderboard with their xp's what else can you do with the feature?
Even though Duolingo is not a social network, (nor I am a big fan of those), I though we would be able to message our friends... or see a more insightful information about their progress... or even follow the posts they make and discussions they create ... in fact something more substantial than just seeing their xp's count.
I've have friended some of you probably because you have said something I thought interesting, or I found you have a positive presence in the forums... and will probably friend some more... but the I'm still not getting the full scope of this feature. In its current form is kind of underwhelming.
Similarly I would like to thank everyone who friended me. We can't do much with it but it's appreciated.
So... any help on how to further use this friends feature?
Good Question! Since Duolingo discontinued the stream where we can talk to each other, it seems now to have developed into a popularity thing. I really think it's a shame. I had learned so much from the native German speakers who were gracious enough to help me. I would always thank someone for following me, now I can no longer even do that. Yes, I know trolls were abusing the feature, but I never thought Duo would take the drastic step of abolishing something that was so helpful to so many.
Having friends does seem a bit useless when there isn't much you can do with it. Its always fun to try and get at the top of the weekly leaderboard but that does get a little old after a while. I hope they bring messaging back soon. It would be nice to actually communicate with others, and not just in the forum, which isn't really even supposed to be for friendly conversation (even though some of us do use it for that somewhat, I won't lie).