I! Love! The! Exclamation! Marks! In! Yahoo! Headlines!
In the summer of 2008, at an artificial intelligence confab deep in Silicon Valley, Yahoo! senior research scientist Deepak Agarwal revealed that the web giant was using automated algorithms to select news stories on its famous front page. These algorithms, he said, had boosted click-through-rates by 25 to 30 per cent, driving …
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First of all, these are the kind of stories that provide click-through rate on Joe Average cittizen.
Second, quite clearly you are classed in that bucket. Either the system does not have enough information on you, or it the information it has collected shows that you are likely to click-through on Metro material. Recognise yourself? : http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/guardian-readers-finally-get-excuse-to-buy-a-tabloid-201107114058/
In any case, it further confirms that you make money buy showing the news "we would like to see" instead of showing the news.
I always go straight into Classic Mail and ignore all the bollocks.
"But at the same time, it predicts clicks for individual users or segments of users, leaning on information such as their sex and their age (which users supply when they sign up for a Yahoo! account"
You mean there are people who don't fill those fields up with rubbish?
No-one's done this bit yet?
"...it predicts clicks [for users based on] what browser they use."
I can do that:
Opera users: ( well, we're to smart to fall for that ; P )
FireFox users: prefer anything with "Open Source" in it,
Safari users: go for anything with a picture of a partially-eaten fruit in it,
Chrome users: click on anything that asks for your personal information,
and [all together now]
IE users: Click On ALL The Malware Links!
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