The Loss of Serendipity (my take)

Let’s get on the same page here. Serendipity means to find something you didn’t expect, a.k.a. finding something interesting you weren’t looking for in the first place.

Many services try to make sure that you only see things you are really interested in, this is accomplished by using all kinds of metrics to figure out what might be of interest to you, and you alone. Did you spot the error? An algorithm decides what are you interested in. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that this is remotely possible for the wide spread of interests which tickle my fancy at any given time. I would venture it is close to impossible; let’s have a look at some of the topics I’m currently interested:

  • Motion graphics
  • Chinese writing
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Video compression
  • Philosophy
  • IOS development

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