What's Not So Hot?
You know what I would love? The ability to train
the Google+ relevance algorithm by providing a little negative
feedback on posts I don't
like. This would be in addition to the positive feedback I give through plusses and other engagement, of course.
Personally, I don't like the way that this "negative" feedback is done on Reddit with a minus button. The point here isn't to determine popularity or some semblance of quality by subtracting minuses from plusses, but instead to help me
stream for my
That's why I'd love to see something akin to "Show fewer posts like this" as a drop down option available from posts when I view them via my main stream on Google+.
This isn't a simple fix, mind you. Adding the menu item is trivial. The hard part is all the behind-the-scenes work to detect patterns amongst posts, so that Google+ knows that post A is similar to post B, which is a post I said I want to see fewer of.
Make no mistake though, this level of semantic understanding is where Google is headed. Google+ is already good at recognizing potential hashtags in a post. That's quite a trick, actually, especially doing that on the fly and at this kind of scale. Google is getting better and better at categorizing images too.
The main point is that to be useful, the algorithms need to be trained, and we need a better way to provide direct, negative feedback on what we don't
like as well as what we do. We also need to do that in a way that doesn't change the culture of this place. Something like the "show fewer posts like this" approach wouldn't show your negative feedback to the person behind the post (or anyone else, for that matter), which I think is good and fits with the way people work here.
I think little ocelot and white tiger cubs are adorable, but honestly, I don't want to see them in my stream. So how do I teach the algorithm that? #googleplus #whatshot #semantic #personalization