Search, Social Networks & the Robots that Ruined Them
Wrote this a few years ago, proud of the content and wanted to give it a bump.
Many social media experts have lamented on deterioration in the quality of search engines and social networks recently. The criticism is wide-ranging, but one specific area so pervasive and influential on the content we consume needs to be explored in great detail: the impact of algorithms.
Understanding how filtered-algorithmic search skews your information consumption is vital to the Information Revolution. Is it a good thing that two different people searching identical topics at the same time will yield dramatically different results? Eli Pariser discusses what he calls invisible algorithmic editing at Ted:
To paraphrase a few key points:
- There is a shift to how information is flowing online and it is invisible.
- Facebook noticed that I was clicking more links from a certain type of friend . Without consulting me about it, the contrary links were edited out: they disappeared.
- Phenomena observed even when logged out — search…
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