It's a cool widget, but one that is likely to confuse users on top of obfuscating the content
One problem I had is that I need to keep users by giving them first impression that this is something new. Otherwise, they think "ah, another news aggregator"... I could possibly push the content for flow on the right of the first circle, what do you think?
The key thing is that the algo allows very precise hierarchic classification of any texts. It is unmatched by anything available on the market. Think that it can automatically find such things as articles related to US Politics, or Human Rights. Any ideas how I can prominently feature these ideas?
- Would removing text make the UI clearer? I wish the black readrs margin was completely gone, along with the grey search bar underneath it. And in return the search circle became bigger.
- The most striking change compared to a Google Search is that it forces you to change your perspective on what's important to search for. I find myself pausing most of the time. This is probably more of a good sign than it originally appears. It fights off the urge of the fingers to type. One more reason to put the search bar out of sight.
- This is probably an indulgence: I wished it could show me things going on around where I live. Like a TimeOut magazine. I see there's an Entertainment section, but it doesn't seem to work using my IP address for geolocation.
I love it! I can't wait to see what comes next.
- I think you're right. I am already hiding the top bar when you scroll a bit down. Should probably move the search box. How about the following crazy idea - I was thinking to have another mode when all you see is keywords. That would allow even faster overview of everything. You could see articles on "mouse hover". What do you think?
- Yeah, this is a double-sided sword. It's kind of google, asking you first - so what do you want? Instead of showing you everything. I should probably show summary of everything at first, but I decided to go with just a circle on the front page for now - to increase impression that this is something new. Great advice though, thank you!
- No geolocation for now, sorry. I am a single founder, so if I find some financing, I will put this on top of the list ;)
Thanks again! I can't wait too ;)
People don't ask enough the question 'what do you want'.
I am thinking to apply this to books and movie abstracts too. Any other ideas? Apart from obviously classifying HN comments :)))
I didn't really get your idea about search engine. You can already type anything you want in the search bar at the top. The results then can be further categorized.
P.S. Too bad HN doesn't send out notification when someone replies, I missed your comment three days ago.
Potential subject areas: news, movies, books...
Feedback needed: GUI, subject areas, anything
1 day pulldown allows you to choose different summarization period. You could for example choose 3 days, and section "Countries - Europe" - that would select top news for you within the last 3 days, arranged by countries in Europe.
Any ideas how I can make this clearer?
For the day pulldown, the first thought to come to mind is that it is dependant on the specific search being performed - and not global across all searches.
The dropdown - it should work like you say, I just didn't have the time to implement it that way - nor position it better on the page.
The thing is that I can apply this auto-classification to anything. Can also create custom categories for any text collection. Any ideas for potential applications?
"Business > Sectors > Technology" - does it work?