One of the most notable steps Google took last month to prepare for the next 20 years of Search is Google Discover. A rebrand of the Google Feed, it is part of the company’s efforts to surface information without users actively having to ask for it. Google Discover is now beginning to roll out in google.com on mobile devices.
I don’t quite understand this strong desire to shove “feeds” into every single possible product. Am I just old?
when you show info to the user then you give him the chance to interact with them. From your interaction with info then data are created that correlate your action with the info, so you have … big data! And from that big data you train machine learning models. It’s really simple. Data produces information and information produces a knowledge base that can produce $$$.
Google search has become steadily worse the last few years, and now it is as if they aren’t even trying: Here’s a page that contains some of the most common words you searched for but not that single most important word that’s exceedingly rare.
I suppose this is just another step in the evolution of giving the user what it doesn’t want.
Yay, another service that will most likely just make things slower while adding zero value for me.
The ONLY feed i have so far discovered that (for me) actually have a somewhat fair success rate is the one in Youtube.
What makes most feeds fail for me, is that they show things similar to what i was looking for in the past. The problem with this is that i usually found what i was looking for and am now done. As for domain specific articles and news, curated blogs, like Chris Alcocks The Morning Brew has a much higher signal to noise ratio than any specific site or feed i have found for .NET stuff.
Ironically this part about following a trend is exactly why the feed in Youtube generally works for me, and it seems adaptive enough to notice that hey, he switched from wood working videos to videos about dudes making swords, with the random tech video, gaming video and military history video thrown in to mix things up.
Thom, lots of us like to open our phones to look at something that interests us without having anything particular in mind. Chrome’s feed is good IMO.