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I obviously spend way to much time on Hunch, so I was wondering if you could add a shuffle feature to the feed that displays random recommendations from random users or users you follow. This could also filter, so you could see random books or food, etc. I just know that Hunch has a wealth of information, and it would add some of the old functionality back (the random topic option).
Posted at: 1:12PM on Aug. 1, 2011. [ permalink ]
I totally support this. Unfortunately, there's not yet enough content - in terms of rate of recommendations - to keep dedicated hunchers amused. It'd be great if you could set it so that, say, 20% of your feed consisted of random recommendations from the whole of Hunch, or old recommendations from people you follow.
Posted at: 3:25PM on Nov. 7, 2011. [ permalink ]
We hope that the new tag filters in the browse portion of the site will help some of this happen. Clicking serendipitously through the tags is a great way to explore them and bounce around the site. It is our hope that as tags increase in usefulness on hunch, that more users will be able to use them to delve deeper into specific areas of interest to them. So, give them a try and let us know what you think.
Posted at: 2:01PM on Nov. 8, 2011. [ permalink ]
Looking forward to the further implementation of tags, here some remarks after some twiddling:
- selection is a bit too machine-like. Make it more reactive, why not pour it all in the question format? [resurrecting Clippy so to speak ;)]
- avoid repetition e.g. when I select women's fashion, no needs thereafter to repeat the word women
- also allow for the blocking of content, e.g. I want to explore music, but hate hip-hop. Allow
for the blocking of all things hip-hop related
- is there really a need for the distinction between tags and topics?
- bring back the tags on the profiles, will allow for filtering along the following lines:
i want to discover
romantic optimist skeptic etc you get the idea
(or why not liked by Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Mark Zuckerberg, or other cultural archetypes? Would allow for aspirational exploring. )
- Along similar lines: allow people to recommend other people (show this on the profile).
Or let them add tags on someone else's profile, always interesting to see how other people perceive you (of course only publish after approval ;)
Posted at: 9:37AM on Nov. 9, 2011. [ permalink ]
The topic-tag-category distinction is one we are refining and reconsidering as I type this. In general, we feel the topics are much more "official" than the tags. We still feel there is a lot of benefit for users to be able to specify the type of recommendation they will received.
For example, the tag "indie music" is likely to return a collection of websites, songs, albums, playlists, musicians, etc.... as any user can tag anything they want. However, the Hunch team files all the recommendations into specific topics that denote the type of result. So, if a user were after an indie song, they could always filter by the topic "Songs." Turns out there are a lot of recommendations that are not actual video games or movies, tagged "video game" and "movie" respectively. The topics handle that kind of ambiguity and are VERY unique among recommendation and discovery sites.
If anything, the interest categories like "Art & Design" "Eat & Drink" "Men's Fashion" etc... are now made redundant by the tags. This is actually a lot of the point though, as it is our hope that small circles of common interests can generate and organize on their own around common tags.
Here are some tags that I think are already in a good spot to illustrate this:
Posted at: 5:41PM on Nov. 15, 2011. [ permalink ]