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    • I always have doubts when it comes to follow interests on a social media so in the future I'll be given the posts/pictures/videos/etc.

      Will this site show me again and again posts about bake-ware that I was interested in just in a short period of time because I wanted to renew my kitchen when moving from one city to another?

      Will my “once in a lifetime” trip to South-america be sending me emails every now and then because there is a new weekend offer miles away from where I live?

      Will my new interest in taxonomy classification (because I'm working on a project that involves understanding it in the biological field) continue to chase me years after this project has finished?

      Now I solve the problem in a very simple way: I just create a new profile (in my computer and also in social media, including a new gmail address) for each of these interests I feel are to be of short term. But it's kind of exausting, because I need to switch users in my computer just to change my working hat.

      Some benefits are that tracking (like Google tracking my search interests) is not keeping my personal interests messed with those short term interest (so searching for bake-ware has no influence in my usual search experience when I put on my “free time” hat or my “working on the biology project” hat), and I can keep bookmarks and related information together.

      But on the other hand it's really limiting keeping actions just tied to one user (in my computer and also on-line). For example, how can I buy on Amazon? Should I also have a new user for each interest? I need some books on biology, but I don't want Amazon remembering in the years to come that once I was interested in that topic.

      On cake it seems crystal clear that my interests are what I choose right front, and just unchecking the interest will remove that from my “recommended for you” posts. Is that right? I'm just wondering what the algorithm will be doing with my past interactions about other topics.

    • I sometimes go through my Youtube history erasing from my history videos that I watched years ago because Youtube keeps suggesting things in which I am no longer interested.

      However, cake lets you manually adjust and edit your interests.

      The problem on Cake is probably going to be what is called "Controlled Vocabulary".

      What often happens when metadata is assigned is that different people use different words for the same thing. A controlled (or limited) vocabulary attempts to prevent there being multiple tags for a single concept and also what are called false positives when one word has multiple meanings.

      Photographers and Journalists often use the IPTC system, while Libraries also have controlled vocabulary systems.

      Because Cake is still small, this problem has not become major yet, but it is likely to grow and transpire.

    • Yes, I know about controlled vocabularies as computer scientist and as photographer 😉

      But it's the context use of these controlled vocabularies that usually is tied to a single user, so I cannot have… say “personas” or personalities depending on which context I'm when interacting with the product (or social media).

      I guess a psycologist will be interested in my multiple-user behaviour.

    • When I spoke of this as being a problem, I was not focused on the individual user but on the user base.

      I understand what you are saying regarding personas, but as an individual you can make disciplined choices in how you tag things.

      Cake does not (as far as I know) control how the general population of its users create "interests". It is this lack of control which may become an issue.

      The various Spanish language academies attempt to prevent the kind of chaos which exists in the English Language. In English, there is a philosophical war which has waged for years between linguists who describe and word usage proponents who prescribe.

      Bryan A. Garner has attempted for years to bridge the gap between these two camps. His Garner's Modern English Usage (fifth edition) uses Google Ngrams to provide statistical data for establishing whether a given usage is common or rare. Rare usages are either archaic/obsolete or considered to be mistakes. He uses a scale system to describe the evolving nature of the English language.

      However, there is not an agreed upon authority for determining standard english or national english.

    • You seem to be making your life more complicated than it needs to be. Interesting idea you bring up though. I sometimes wonder how my search history and site visitations will come back in my later life.

    • I try not to make life complicated, but I work in projects that require some undertanding of my customer's field and this is done by reading and using the same websites as they do… and I really need to keep this out of my browser history, but also I need to subscribe to services that are just for the time the project lasts, etc. And some time ago it was not so easy to opt out from newsletters ;)

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