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friends popular with friends [Mar. 10th, 2004|12:15 pm]
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[bradfitz]
This toy is back:

http://www.livejournal.com/friends/popwithfriends.bml

It uses all our new fast stuff this time. Hopefully it holds up longer than it did last time. :-)
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[User Picture]From: kunzite1
2004-03-10 01:24 pm (UTC)

if you click on an interest on yer interest list, for example the screen savers, it will give you a list of communities and users that/who share that interest.

im not understanding why this is such an issue. could you explain it to me?
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[User Picture]From: theora
2004-03-10 01:34 pm (UTC)
Think they're referring to Similar Interest Matching, which looks at all interests, not just one.

And I agree, I'd like to see that back. 'Twas a fun toy.
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[User Picture]From: kunzite1
2004-03-10 01:37 pm (UTC)

view popular interests is down. the other stuff on this page works.
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[User Picture]From: sqrfruit
2004-03-10 01:42 pm (UTC)
But there is no longer an option to find users by similar interests on that page. It's a one interest search and an interest adding tool.
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[User Picture]From: kunzite1
2004-03-10 01:43 pm (UTC)

maybe i wasnt on lj when that other option was available... my journal is about to have its first bday.
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[User Picture]From: sqrfruit
2004-03-10 01:38 pm (UTC)
The theory is that people with more interests in common with you will be more compatible, or something. Just because someone has one interest in common with you doesn't mean you'll have anything else in common with them, or that you'll find the person interesting. Trying to find people with many interests in common with you by choosing one interest and looking at each user who lists that would be a pain in the neck. The common interests tool narrows down the field.

It's similar to the popular with friends tool in that it's a friend finding tool. People my friends like are more likely to be interesting to me, too. People who have more interests in common with me are more likely to be interesting to me than someone with only one interest in common.

Did that make any sense?

I personally liked the common interests tool better than the popular with friends tool.
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From: boymaenad
2004-03-10 01:41 pm (UTC)
ditto bigtime.
bitto digtime.
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[User Picture]From: kunzite1
2004-03-10 01:42 pm (UTC)

so... it analyzed all of the "click on an interest on yer interest list" pages and figured out the percentage of your interests were the same as theirs. something kinda like that. it sounds to me that itd put a lot of strain on the servers and that could be why they took it down (most likely reason too).

but, yes, i agree that itd be nifty to bring back. they just gotta make it practical for the hardware cuz its gotta do everything else too.
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[User Picture]From: sqrfruit
2004-03-10 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how it worked, but it didn't work efficiently enough, apparently. I'm not complaining for them to bring it back immediately or anything, I know they had good reasons for taking it down. It was nifty, but I'd rather have the site working most of the time than having it crash because of said niftiness. :)
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[User Picture]From: kunzite1
2004-03-10 01:47 pm (UTC)

cuz niftiness is uberly nifty... and stuff... ^_^
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[User Picture]From: theora
2004-03-10 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yep, except that it weighted uncommon interests more highly (don't know how, the algorithm was secret or something). So you'd come up with some people who shared a few odd interests with you, rather than just the usual "music, kissing, poetry, friends" etc. Very cool, and I hope they can bring it back soon.
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[User Picture]From: kunzite1
2004-03-10 01:52 pm (UTC)

cool :)
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[User Picture]From: sqrfruit
2004-03-10 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was the second incarnation. The first one didn't take into account the popularity of the interests.
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[User Picture]From: spacinspazz
2004-03-10 02:16 pm (UTC)

Awesome

I like the Fruit... heh..heh..heh.. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: dustinhartman
2004-03-10 03:16 pm (UTC)
There used to be a tool that would compare your interests to the interests of all other LJ users and would show you the other users which you shared the most interests with.

Say I had "the screen savers" "computers" "linux" and "networking" as my interests. It would search other users, and then tell me that LJ user "x" matches "x" percentage of your interests.

It was a very nice feature, but was taken away because at the time it was too much of a server burden.
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