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May 28, 2008

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Brian Kellner

Hi Zane - thx for the feedback.

The goal of the collaborative filter is to help you find articles outside your existing subscriptions that would be valuable for you. It's exactly the same theory as Amazon book recommendations or Netflix movie suggestions.

This is actually a harder problem to solve because news articles come and go in a short period - it's quite a challenge to build recommendations on the amount of data that can be gathered in that period of time. But we think giving great articles to you without requiring subscriptions is a valuable goal.

It actually does help the system to click the thumbs down and tell it you don't like the recommendations. It also helps to tag, clip, forward, and click through the stories you do like since the filter learns from that.

In terms of speed, you can close any of the recommendation sections and, of course, all of our client readers are free and really fast.

Hope that helps,
Brian

Zane Safrit

First off, thanks for the reply. That's very impressive.

And you're very clear on your purposes for this feature.

What I'm not clear on is if you realize it may not deliver the experience you think is important.

If someone uses Newsgator daily and chooses not to reply...then maybe that's a sign...it's not useful for them. And then it becomes a distraction. After x logins and no replies then none of the suggestions are desirable and you take that feature away.

Maybe replace the full-page display with a 2-3 line display of "We heard you. You're not interested in the articles we're sending you. If you want to revisit this feature, click here."

Silence is a choice as much as never clicking on a feature.

It's great you're adding features. But it's even better if the feature is what the user wants. And when the user declines a feature...it's usually a sign it's not meeting their needs.

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