On Fri, 25 Mar 2011 19:58:58 +0000, hax0rsteve
To pointlessly prolong the discussion - it being Friday :-) ...
I guess what I'm getting at here is that any automated filtering
amounts to making value judgements on behalf of your users. That
quite often in - for example - corporate email systems gives me no
that any similar approach is going to work for twitter, where the
message content, users, and use cases is vastly more pronounced.
But I could - of course - be wrong :-)
Well, Twitter is on the one hand a smaller data set than Google, but on
the other hand has different usage patterns in the real-time
signal-processing sense. So yes, if Google has to mix human judgment and
algorithmic judgment to "optimize shareholder value", then so does
Twitter. I claim, though, that the mere fact that one can buy the number
one position in a Twitter Search that otherwise returns total garbage is
very much different from buying clicks on Google, where organic search
results at least return something that a mix of human and mechanical
judgment has determined is relevant to the searchers' intent.
Twitter Trending Topics is broken and infested with spam. One shouldn't
need Sulia to consume Twitter, and Twitter's own Promoted Trends and
Tweets should not have to compete for eyeballs and clicks with spambots.
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