More and more now on the Web, when you go to a site, they present you with some pre-selected content before you can look at a full list of whatever you are looking for.
I am expressing myself very clumsily here so I’ll have to give a few examples
If you do a search on Twitter the default result is for “top tweets” This annoys me, how do I know if their “top tweets” are what I’m looking for?
I looked up how Twitter’s Top Tweets work. They say
The algorithm looks at all kinds of interactions with tweets including retweets, favorites, and more to identify the tweets with the highest velocity beyond expectations.”
If you want more information on how it’s done you’ll find the explanation here
It also discusses using the number of times a tweet has been favourited to influence this. Now, I don’t know about you, but I favourite tweets with links so I can look later when I have more time. It doesn’t mean they are actually my favoiurite, well, not often anyway.
Facebooks News feed basics tells me
The news feed algorithm uses several factors, including: how many friends are commenting on a certain piece of content, who posted the content, and what type of content it is (e.g. photo, video, or status update)”
So basically “we aren’t going to tell you”
People have investigated and I found this. It look as if the “close friends & acquaintances” may help but I’m still not clear if people can see how you’ve classified them.
iTunes have a section which is called “New & Noteworthy” I’ve given up trying to find out who decides what goes in this section or how, just a few articles on how to get into it. Everyone seem to accept that what Apple does can just be written off as “Word of Jobs”
All of these become self-fulfilling. If these tweets/FB posts/Apps/Books/Podcasts are what you see, they are more likely to be the ones you read/buy.
The upshot of all this is that I just want to see what is available, categorised sensibly so I can find what I want and with a clear description and maybe reviews so I can decide for myself. I am not interested in what other people are looking at or buying. I am not them, I’d rather decide for myself thank you.
I am not a number, I am a free woman!!
Oh, yes. All of this brought on by my dislike of the BBC’s new web page for Radio. Do go & look & add your comments