A Facepile is a way of showing interactions for a page/site by using profile pictures. It is a design element popularized by Facebook.
It consists of a row or rows of profile photos of individuals who have all completed a webaction involving the current page/site. For example, who have all liked, mentioned, favorited, RSVPed, etc.
Software that displays facepiles should take care to display only one image per actor within a given facepile. For instance, someone might, using webmentions, send two likes from two discrete source URLs to a valid target URL on a website. Rather than display that person's picture twice on that URL's facepile for likes, it should determine that both webmentions came from the same author (using the authorship algorithm), and then display that person's image only once within its like-facepile.
Examples of IndieWeb sites using Facepiles.
Aaron Parecki has displayed a facepile for likes and retweets since Feburary 2014.
- example with >100 likes: https://aaronparecki.com/notes/2014/10/31/2/geoween
- example: https://aaronparecki.com/notes/2014/10/31/2/geoween
Will Norris since 2014-03-09. E.g. https://willnorris.com/2014/03/display-likes-in-a-facepile
Kyle Mahan since 2014-03-13. Screenshot:
David Shanske... since 2014-04-26.
User:kartikprabhu.com... since 2014-??-??.
- Example on his blog: http://voxpelli.com/2014/10/indie-config-overview/
- Example on webmention.herokuapp.com: https://webmention.herokuapp.com/
Sebastiaan Andeweg uses facepiles to show likes, reposts and bookmarks for his post. For events, he also uses a facepile to show RSVPs.
Likes, reposts and bookmarks are mixed into one pile, but the text above the pile only counts the likes. When there are reposts/bookmarks but no likes, the title will say 'Reposts en bookmarks'.
RSVPs are displayed with an icon indicating 'yes', 'no', 'maybe' or 'interested'. Only the 'yes' value is in color.
capjamesg displays facepiles on his website below all posts, including articles and notes.
As of November 2014, Twitter displays its Facepile as a count of the different types of actions, and a Facepile of the individuals who took action at all.
From the USA Today article: Republicans are hit the hardest as coronavirus spreads among elected leaders, using clusters and two colors to give a broad impression of a trend:
- Vaguely hexagonal packing
- Rows are coarse/approximate and not strictly aligned
- No uniform columns
- Bumpy border
Phanpy (mastodon client)
- https://interconnected.org/more/2023/partykit/facepiles.html (also cites IndieWeb!)