Thursday, December 14, 2006

Watch and Learn: How Recommendation Systems are Redefining the Web

The use of online recommendations increase user experience and usability ...

"If you're like most people and enjoy listening to The Beatles, here's a recommendation: you might want to check out another British group called Radiohead. Radiohead has been around for two decades, is widely acclaimed within the music industry, and has a very devout following, especially in Britain.

But you may not have heard of Radiohead. Their 1993 alternative rock smash-hit, "Creep", arguably their best-known song, is as melodramatic as they come and very un-Beatles-like. Moreover, Radiohead doesn't play the kind of pop music that made the Beatles famous. Although Radiohead explores a wide variety of sounds, their music can best be described as alternative-rock or punk-rock. Whereas the Beatles took the world by storm, Radiohead took their fame by stealth.

Why then, would a Beatles fan like Radiohead? Well, the proof is in the pudding. The Last.fm pudding, that is. Last.fm is a social music site that aggregates what music its members listen to and tallies the results. It looks to see what artists are played alongside other artists. For example, for all those people who listen to the Beatles, what other artists do they listen to?

The number one match is Bob Dylan, which makes sense since many of the people who grew up with the Beatles also grew up with Dylan. We might expect those two together. However, number two on the list is Radiohead, from a completely different generation and genre of music. According to Last.fm, Beatles fans listen to a lot of Radiohead, and vice versa."    (Continued via UIE)    [Usability Resources]

Recommendation Systems - Usability, User Interface Design

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what the hell are you talking about? Radiohead is punk-rock? WTF?! god, listen to your radiohead records and then spak..

9:14 PM  

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