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The Discoverability Problem: How To Get Out of the Filter Bubble Recommendation Systems?

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Robin Good: Brett Sandusky attacks the "discovery" topic with simple, straight logic, analyzing what all the new startups and the new tech fanatics seem to systematically look over.

 

How can you help me discover new stuff, if you are intentionally limiting your exploratory gathering to algorithms and to, however varied, network of contacts?

 

She writes: "The discoverability problem in books is a challenge. It’s about connecting users to new and interesting titles, that they wouldn’t normally have seen. This last part bears repeating: …that they wouldn’t normally have seen.

 

Ultimately, the problem with all these discoverability sites is this: their algorithms (if they are even using an algorithm) are based on aggregate data in a one size fits all model.


The more people who read something, the more often it shows up in your recommendations. But, that’s not discoverability. That’s the NYT bestseller list. That’s Nielsen Bookscan telling you the top sales of the week.


Just because most of my friends are reading bestsellers (because, duh, whose aren’t? In fact, that seems to just reinforce the concept of the term “bestseller”) does that mean I should only be shown these titles?

 

Obviously, the answer is no. But, how do we get there?"

 

The answer is that we need a) more expert and qualified human intervention to unearth and pick new stuff, and b) behavioral data coupled with data collected on customer preference to allows us to connect those selected materials to the users in the system.

 

 

Rightful. Timely. 8/10

 

Find out: http://www.brettsandusky.com/2012/10/05/discover-me/

 

(Image credit: Josephine Wall - Discovery)

 

 


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Robin Good's comment, October 14, 2012 3:56 AM
Too bad that it is only in Russian, as I can't make much sense of whether there is real value in there or not. Or is it there a western language edition?
RPattinson-Daily's comment, October 14, 2012 8:20 AM
Robin Good, thank You for attention to my comment. Unfortunately, due to crisis of 2008 plans of creation its western language edition were terminated. However, concept, technologies, business model of such recommendation service for creative goods (books, movies, music) were described in book “The Economics of Symbolic Exchange” by Alexander Dolgin (2006) (http://www.amazon.com/Economics-Symbolic-Exchange-Alexander-Dolgin/dp/354079882X). I was content curator, market researcher and editor of this book.
It can be read by parts/chapters depending on interest (see its Contents in Amazon). For example, chapter 1.3 about consumer navigation in creative industry such as online music market, ch.2.7 – survey of recommender systems. The music industry was first where recommendation systems based on collaborative filtering were implemented (for example Last.Fm, and many others). How well they are working you may check out for music – Last.Fm (www.last.fm), for movies – Netflix (www.netflix.com).
Robin Good's comment, October 14, 2012 9:12 AM
Thank you for clarifying this and having provided these useful references.
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Could Big Data Spur The Development Of The Semantic Web?

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The semantic web, or web 3.0, is often quoted as the next phase of the Internet. Led by the World Wide Web Consortium(W3C), the objective is to convert the current web of unstructured and semi-structured data into a “web of data”. According to W3C, with the semantic web it will be possible to easily share and re-use data across application, community and enterprise boundaries.

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Is Google Manipulating Search Results Based On Gender? : Tech : Yibada - Yibada (English Edition)

Is Google Manipulating Search Results Based On Gender? : Tech : Yibada - Yibada (English Edition) | SearchTools | Scoop.it
Study shows that Google's ads search results has discrimination based on the searcher's gender. Carnegie Mellon University conducted tests on how an online user's interaction and behavior affects on how ads are being displayed.
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How to prevent search engines from archiving your account on Facebook? - Albakani

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The search engines automatically archive all web pages to facilitate displayed within the search results, but this is detrimental to the privacy of the user because the photos and posts will appear for all, and can be delivered to third parties to...
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Alert! Canada Just Made It Legal for Police to Search Your Cellphone Without A Warrant!

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How to use Google's Search Tools filters to find exactly what you're looking for

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Want to pare down your search results on Google, but aren't sure where to start? Try the search tools.
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A few handy tips

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Interesting

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2p – Google Adds Song Lyrics to Top of Search Results,Points Searchers to Google Play | blog.offeryour.com

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2p – Google Adds Song Lyrics to Top of Search Results,Points Searchers to Google Play - http://t.co/hQkfuHOA1q #sales #marketing
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Documentary Addict - Watch Documentaries Online

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Watch a massive collection of full-length documentaries for free online. Are you a Documentary Addict?
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Nonfiction Award | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

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The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 - October 31 publishing year.
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Some wonderful titles for your collections!

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Editor's Choice: The Best Educational Apps For iPad In 2014

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Editor's Choice: The Best Educational Apps For iPad In 2014

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Some nice choices and new discoveries!

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 2, 2014 10:03 AM

I love the end of the year "best of" lists that seem to be popping up everywhere - especially when they come from one of my favorite blogs, TeachThought. This is one to keep handy...

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Search Engine Leap.It Wins Steve Case's $100K Startup Competition - Forbes

Search Engine Leap.It Wins Steve Case's $100K Startup Competition - Forbes | SearchTools | Scoop.it
Kansas City-based search engine startup Leap.it has won a $100,000 investment from Steve Case.
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Looks like a promising socially-based search with results organized visually

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Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines

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Google is known as a search engine, yet there is barely any searching involved anymore. The gap between a question crystallizing in your mind and an answer appearing at the top of your screen is...
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Facebook now drives almost one quarter of all web browsing

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There will probably be no new or interesting angle with which to frame Facebook’s quarterly financial results tomorrow. For a seventh straight quarter, it will likely come out and beat all revenue ...
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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 24, 2014 7:30 AM

Social media is really where we need to be as school librarians. 

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Lonely Planet Launches Flight Search Engine - Jaunted

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Lonely Planet Launches Flight Search Engine
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Lonely Planet, famous for its encompassing guide books, recently launched its own flight search engine as part of a site redevelopment.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 20, 2014 12:46 PM

I've been looking for something like this! W00t!

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Google-Twitter Deal Fails To Index Most Brand Tweets In Search Results 07/09 ... - MediaPost Communications

Google-Twitter Deal Fails To Index Most Brand Tweets In Search Results 07/09 ... - MediaPost Communications | SearchTools | Scoop.it
Google has access to every real-time Twitter tweet, but more than 90% are not indexed, according to a study. The company gained access to the Twitter data through a deal announced earlier this year.
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Semantic search strategies and social business insights

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Semantic search insights and social business tips from the author of Google Semantic Search.
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More than 280,000 people ask Google for the right to be forgotten

More than 280,000 people ask Google for the right to be forgotten | SearchTools | Scoop.it
Requests have flooded in across Europe since the law came into effect last spring – some of them from killers, rapists and terrorists who want to use the European law to hide their criminal pasts.
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Free Powerpoint Search Engine PPThunter.com | Download Free Powerpoint Presentation and Templates

PPThunter.com is #1 PowerPoint search engine. Use PPThunter.com to search free high quality powerpoint presentations, powerpoint files, themes and templates, Free Powerpoint Templates, Background Images and PowerPont Design.
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Google Now Adds 70 New Apps, Including Zipcar & Restaurant Bill Pay Via OpenTable

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gets new apps that will remind you to exercise or allow you to pay your restaurant bill, plus more.
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Predictive search agent reminds you to exercise, suggests a song, offers a way to pay your restaurant tab.

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Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links - 28 February 2015 - New Scientist

Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links - 28 February 2015 - New Scientist | SearchTools | Scoop.it
Being trustworthy and accurate could help a web page rise up Google rankings if the search engine giant starts to measure quality by facts, not just links
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10 Great Google Search Alternatives | Listly List

## Most of us use Google for search primarily because its everywhere, oh sure they deliver meaningful search results. But do we ever think about taking a moment to check out what alternatives are available? Alternative Search Engines often look at information is a different way from the dominant player, and you just might find that different approach fits your needs.

One aspect of using an alternative search engine is that we are supporting a deeper well of information and applauding the compet
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Google to offer kid-friendly versions of its products

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Google is readying kid-friendly versions of some of its most popular products that could include YouTube, Chrome or search.
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A little vague, but keep an eye:

"Diwanji did not identify which products Google is eyeing for a kid-friendly makeover but, as USA Today notes, it's likely the company will target products that already have broad appeal such as Chrome, search and YouTube. This would be in line with earlier rumors that the company was working on a standalone YouTube for children under the age of 10. Google plans to start creating the kid-friendly versions next year."

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Google Search results for health issues could soon lead you to a doctor via ... - Phandroid.com

Google Search results for health issues could soon lead you to a doctor via ... - Phandroid.com | SearchTools | Scoop.it
Google has started to trial a feature within Google Search that will connect you to a health professional via video chat when looking up symptons.
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The Answer Engine: How Humans Can Provide Better Knowledge Than ... - TechCrunch (blog)

The Answer Engine: How Humans Can Provide Better Knowledge Than ... - TechCrunch (blog) | SearchTools | Scoop.it
When you have a question you need answered, do you ask a friend - or a robot? The answer to that question used to be easy. But the rise of Siri, Yahoo and..
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"It’s refreshing to know that in this seemingly open-ended world of search engines, algorithms and unregulated forums, Q&A platforms with reliable and knowledgeable contributors still have a very large part to play."

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bookworm movies

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bookworm: movies

Search for trends in the dialogue of thousands of movie and TV shows, based on subtitles from Open Subtitles
Bookworm is like a lot of other word frequency sites. But unlike most, it directly incorporates links to every text searched, so you can actually see what drives changes; and it lets you customize the corpus so you can exclude texts that aren't interesting to you.
This particular instance looks at movies and TV shows. Genre, location and language information from the Internet Movie Database textfiles. Click to see the movies/TV shows where the matches are found.
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Could be useful for cultural research!

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Hidden From Google looks to preserve links censored over 'right to be forgotten'

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A new website is attempting to build a list of search results that have been hidden as a direct result of the EU's controversial "right to be forgotten" law. "This list is a way of archiving the...
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